Greg Owen counts cost of poor third round at Shell Houston Open

Greg Owen, of England, hits out of a bunker on the fifth hole  during first round play in the 87th PGA Championship at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Greg Owen, of England, hits out of a bunker on the fifth hole during first round play in the 87th PGA Championship at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

COXMOOR Golf Club star Greg Owen will be rueing his third round at the rain-affected Shell Houston Open at the Redstone Golf Club in Texas.

After his opening round of six under par, he moved into contention at the halfway mark with a round of 69 for a 36-hole total of 135, nine under par.

But the birdies dried up in his third round and, after a double bogey at the fourth, he dropped two more shots over the remaining holes to finish on four over par for his round, five under for the tournament.

In his closing round he regained his form, closing with a four under par 68 to finish in 14th place at nine under par.

After his first nine tournaments of the year he is just about at the halfway mark of winning what he needs to keep his card for next year.

But his Coxmoor club mate Oliver Wilson still continues to struggle on the European Tour, missing the cut in the Sicilian Open by one after rounds of 72 and 70 for a 36-hole total of 142, two under par.

l Coxmoor professional Matt Whall will be holding a series of Ladies’ Open Taster sessions for four weeks starting on Thursday, 12th April between 6-7pm with tea and biscuits to follow.

Matt can be contacted on 01623 559906 and the cost for all four sessions is just £20.

l Melvyn Homer and Gareth Roberts won Rufford Park’s March Fourball Betterball Pairs with 46 points, three ahead of runners-up Simon Barker and Stuart White with Paul Dye and Marc Dudley in third, the best of a group of players with 42 points.

Dean Tomkinson carded 42 points to win Division One of Oakmere Park’s Saturday Stableford by one from Darryl Coleman and Chris Mee.

A best-of-the-day 44 points from Neill Baxter gave him a one point win in the Second Division from Matthew Rowbottom with Steve Dean in third with 42 points. Division Three went to Gary Oscroft with 42 points, two clear of Martin McArdle and Paul Gwatkin.

The top division of the Sunday Stableford was won by Jack Taylor with 40 points from Liam Taylor and Dave Cope.

Division Two went to Scott Wynn on the back nine from Dave White, both with 43 points with Shaun Egan four points back in third.

Chris Walker returned the day’s best total of 45 points to win Division Three by two from Keith Hoskins with Anthony Bromirski in third with 42 points.

Chris Wilson won the First Division of the Seniors’ Eclectic and Stableford with 42 points, one better than runner-up Les May.

Division Two was won by Michael Marriott with 43 points, three clear of second-placed John Kenton.

Tracy Aslam won the Ladies’ Winter Eclectic with a nett 63.7, followed by Angela Robinson with nett 66.6 and Julie Craggs with nett 67.9

Mansfield Golf Club’s Weekend Stableford went to Ian Little with 39 points, five better than runner-up Kevin Bell with Paul Hinchley in third place with 33 points.

At Norwood Park Golf Club David Sanders won the Junior Stableford with 48 points, followed by Matthew Dorling, 41 points, and James Mackintosh on 36 points.

In the New Beginnings Trophy, Andrew Hill and Andy Tomkins lifted the trophy with 43 points after a countback from Dean Greenberry and David Smith, with Itai Matumbike and David Moxon taking third, one point adrift of the top two.

In the Seniors’ Bogey competition Stuart Dennis won Division One at three up, with Ian Beaumont taking second at one up.

In the Second Division David Underwood took second from John Gamble, both at one up.