Stiggy Hodgson shot a phenomenal seven-under-par round of 64 to set a new course record at Alwoodley yesterday.
Competing in Regional Qualifying for the Open Championship, Hodgson lowered the course record by two shots. That mark of 66 was previously matched by Torren Matthews in last year’s Open Qualifying event.
Hodgson, a professional, plays most of his golf on the EuroPro Tour. He has also featured on the Challenge Tour. The closest he has come to qualifying for the Open previously was in 2011 when he played in Final Qualifying at Littlestone, in Kent.
He also has a stellar amateur pedigree, having played in two Walker Cups, in 2009 at Merion and two years later at Royal Aberdeen. He took full advantage of a glorious summer’s day with high temperatures and light winds.
“I felt like I need to attack full on over the opening holes as that’s where you can make your score and that went well,” said Hodgson. “I am normally pretty straight and my distance control is pretty good and this course sets up well for that. I also like taking a chance. At the 2nd, guys were hitting 6-irons off the tee but I hit driver and got it to 15 feet and horse-shoed out for eagle.”
Hodgson made nine birdies overall – including a burst of four in a row on the front nine and three in a row on the back nine – and he could even afford back-to-back bogeys at 12 and 13.
For the record, he carded his birdies at the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, 10th, 15th, 16th and 17th.
The club would like to congratulate the man from Chester on a truly outstanding round of golf.