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Amateur smashes record score at Coventry golf course

A Coventry golf course has seen its record score smashed by the golfer who set it three years ago.

Paul Dixon, who lives in Brandon, broke his own course record at Brandon Wood Golf Course & Club based in Wolston, near Coventry.

The 45-year-old golfer, who plays off a plus one handicap, shot an impressive round of 67 – to write his name into the course history books for a second time.

He achieved the score on his way to winning the Club Championship. Paul will also be competing in the UK Public Golf Course Championship at iconic St. Andrews on Sunday, October 1 after he made it through Midlands qualifying at Thornbury Golf Club near Bristol.

Brandon Wood Golf Course has already hosted the Midlands Regional Final for the Junior UK Open in 2017.

Paul plays the Brandon Wood course every weekend.

He said: “When I knew I’d broken the record I was over the moon. In any sport, you always want to better yourself so I’m more than happy with breaking the course record but obviously one day I’d like to go even lower!

“We were playing in the Club Championship, which added an extra competitive edge, but overall I felt like I just played really solid.

“The greens at Brandon are excellent at the moment, they’re in great shape, and I putted really well which is the key to having a good score.

“In my opinion If Brandon was a private golf course it would be considered one of the finest in the region, as good as any other.

“I’m lucky to have the course on my doorstep, I love playing here because it really is a great test of golf.”

Paul played at St Andrews as part of the national tournament last year, finishing third in the gross competition, and is hoping to improve again this time.

“I’m going to go to St Andrews with high hopes, but golf is a funny game, you just have to produce the goods on the day,” added Paul.

Neil Orton, manager of Brandon Wood Golf Course, said: “Paul is a fantastic golfer and it all came together for him during that record-breaking round in the Club Championship.

“We’re seeing record numbers of members joining the club and that is testament to the magnificent condition the course is in at the moment.

“Everyone here would like to wish Paul the best of luck up at St. Andrews in the UK Public Golf Course Championship and we’re sure he will do Brandon Wood Golf Course proud.”

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