Gregory caps season in style

Scott Gregory. Picture: Andrew Griffin
Scott Gregory. Picture: Andrew Griffin
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Scott Gregory capped a fantastic season with victory at the Waterford Trophy but insisted: I still have plenty of work to do on my game.

The Waterlooville-based golfer lifted the final big national amateur event of the year as he cruised to a five-stroke success over his rivals at Sundridge Park, Bromley for his most important win of the season.

The Corhampton Golf Club man set a course record with a blistering six-under-par 65 on the East course and then followed that with a two-under-par 69.

That gave the English Amateur Championship runner-up an eight-under-par total for the two rounds and a two-stroke lead over his nearest rivals.

A third round five-over-par 74 on the par-69 West course saw his lead trimmed to just one shot.

But a fine 67 in the final round saw him ease away from the rest of the field to claim the coveted crown and end the campaign on a high.

Gregory said: ‘It’s probably the high point of my year.

‘It was a very good field and a ranking event, so I was delighted.

‘To be runner-up at the English Amateur was pretty good but to get a win like that just tops off the year for me.

‘I’ve got my handicap down to plus four and that was a goal at the start of the year.

‘Another goal was to win a ranking event, which I have now done as well.

‘So it’s been great to have done that over the course of the season.

‘I’ve got to make a few minor changes on my swing over the winter.

‘There are a couple of things I need to work on so there is still a lot of hard work to do.

‘They are not major things but just some technical things to make my ball-striking more consistent.

‘But it paid off for me putting in the work over the winter last year and I need to do the same again this year to keep improving.

‘I’ve had a good year but now it’s a case of working hard to get myself ready for next season.’

Gregory must be on the radar for England selection after a stellar year that has seen him announce himself on the amateur stage at a national level.

But he has already set his sights on turning professional at some point.

While he has yet to decide when that will be, he has targeted a place in the Walker Cup as he attempts to fulfil his ambitions at amateur level.

He said: ‘My aim is to make the Walker Cup but I know I would need a big year to get into that squad next year.

‘I haven’t put a timescale on when I will turn professional yet. There are still some things I want to achieve.

‘But when I think I have got to the point where there is not much more I can achieve as an amateur, then I will do it.

‘I will go over to Spain in January, so I have got that to look forward to.

‘And I still have the county finals to play before the end of this season.’

Gregory looked set to continue his excellent form at the Courage Trophy on Sunday, until he was struck down by illness.

After firing a 66 to lead the field, he felt unwell and pulled out of the event after just four holes of his second round.

He said: ‘I don’t know whether it was something I ate but I felt terrible soon after I’d had my lunch.

‘It was a bit of a shame but these things happen.’