Gregory digs deep for county win

Scott Gregory. Picture: Andrew Griffin
Scott Gregory. Picture: Andrew Griffin
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Scott Gregory showed his commitment to the county by racing back from the English Amateur Championship to help Hampshire seal the title.

On Saturday, the Waterlooville-based 19-year-old went down to a 2&1 defeat to Nick Marsh after battling his way through to the final with a fine run at Saunton.

But while other golfers might have been tempted to take a breather after an exhausting schedule, Gregory made himself available the next day for Hampshire’s final clash of the south division campaign against Surrey.

And he certainly played his part, securing a vital win in his match at Liphook to claim a 6.5-5.5 team success.

Gregory said: ‘I would have had a break if it wasn’t for the fact it was the last match of the league season.

‘I knew we needed to win to win the league and I wanted to be involved.

‘It was a tough week and I was a bit tired but I kept taking on fluids and some food and felt fine.

‘I actually played well and got it going on the back nine again.

‘I was two down through eight, which seems to be quite standard at the moment. But then I was four under for the rest of the round to win 2&1. It was great to be a part of it.’

Gregory and partner Darren Walkley, from Hayling, went down to defeat and the team, which also included Harry Ellis (Meon Valley) and Tom Robson (Rowlands Castle), found themselves 2.5-1.5 down after the foursomes.

Robson, Ellis, Walkley and Gregory were among those who delivered victories to give the Corhampton man a much-needed breather – for a couple of days at least.

He said: ‘I’ve had a few days where I haven’t done too much.

‘I came to Corhampton to see everyone and they were coming up and congratulating me.

‘But I left my clubs in the garage and I just hit a few putts. I don’t look back with any regrets.

‘I gave it everything I’ve got so I can’t be disappointed with how I did at the English Amateur. There were 280-odd players there and I was second.

‘Nick is a great player and I did everything I could to stop him from running away with it.

‘I was proud of how I did. I fought back well. I holed some good putts under pressure and that builds confidence in my game going forward.

‘I’ve been playing well lately. But I holed a 20-footer on the 18th in the first round of the matchplay and that gave me confidence.

‘From then, I knew I was good enough to compete and it was just about staying positive.’

Hampshire will now face the eventual north division winners in the South East League final at The Warren, in Essex, in October.

‘I’m playing the Waterford Trophy at the end of August,’ said Gregory.

‘That will be my last big event this year, unless I get England call-ups.’