English duo take Nike title at Colonial

Lancashire pairing take the spoils at TGI Golf Nike Oven 4ball Championship

Fri, 4 Nov 2011

English duo Simon Eaton and Paul Walker took the honours at the grand final of the TGI Golf Nike Oven 4ball Championship at the world famous Colonial Country Club – home of the PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational.

Eaton, PGA Professional at Nelson GC, and Walker, pro at Knott End GC, fended off the three other teams who made it through from national qualifying, by claiming the betterball Stableford competition by a single point from Irish runners-up Leonard and Lee Owens.

“This was the first time I’ve entered the Nike Oven competition, so to win it is a great feeling and really tops off a memorable season for me,” said Lancashire-resident Eaton.

“The Colonial Country Club was, as you’d expect, an incredible golf course. I was told beforehand that it wasn’t the longest course on the PGA Tour circuit–if that was the case I would dread to play the longest!”

Scots Alastair McLean (Duddingston) and Mark Patchett (Broomieknowe) finished in third, while the wildcard English pairing of James Whitaker (Moor Allerton) and Martyn Huish (North Berwick) took fourth.

The players were also treated to a two-day tour of The Oven–Nike Golf’s hi-tech research and development facility in Fort Worth, Texas, where they were given an exclusive preview of the new 20Xi Golf Ball.

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