SCOTT GREGORY is determined to build on his return to form after claiming an impressive runners-up spot at the Lagonda Trophy.
The Corhampton amateur fired rounds of 72, 66, 67 and 72 to finish on three under par at the coveted amateur event at Gog Magog in Cambridgeshire, five strokes behind winner James Allan.
I definitely felt I had a chance to win itScott Gregory
Gregory has not been at the peak of his powers lately and struggled at the recent Lytham Trophy, with a wayward driver causing problems.
But his long game was back in business and he is aiming to continue in a similar vein when he heads to Scotland for this week’s St Andrews Links Trophy.
Gregory said: ‘It was nice to get a good result after a few disappointing tournaments lately.
‘I’ve been turning up and one part of my game is there while another part is missing, and the following week it’s the other way around.
‘I’ve done a lot of work with my coach Simon Andrews on my swing because I wasn’t driving the ball very well.
‘At Lytham I didn’t put the ball in play and you can’t play Lytham from the rough.
‘But I know if I am on the fairways, the irons are my biggest strength.
‘I drove the ball nicely, hit the irons quite close and holed a few putts.’
Gregory got to within three shots of the lead going into the final round but had to go for a riskier strategy as he went for victory.
He said: ‘I definitely felt I had a chance to win it.
‘I shot three under in the third round to get within three of the lead and I knew I had a chance.
‘But James played solidly and didn’t make any mistakes so I had to chase birdies.
‘I knew I was pretty safe in second place so it was worth a go.’
Hayling’s Ben Wall, who is heading for St Andrews, too, also picked up a decent result as he finished in sixth place (three over par), ahead of club-mate Darren Walkley (10 over par).
But the travelling fatigue from the previous day clearly caught up with Billy Mckenzie on his return from USA as he finished at 20 over par for his four rounds.
Gregory is now relishing his chance to play at the birthplace of the sport with two rounds on the Jubilee Course and two on the Old Course as he bids to emulate Neil Raymond, who won the event in 2013.
Gregory added: ‘I haven’t played the Old Course before so I’m looking forward to it. Neil has given me a few tips so hopefully I can play well.’