England Golf Club News 10th Jun, 2019 by ukclubgolfer.co.uk
HARPENDEN’S Joss Gosling implemented a smart irons-only game plan in winning the 60th Berkhamsted Trophy in association with Bushnell Golf, at Berkhamsted Golf Club.
In the 72 holes of this year’s trophy, the ex-Texas University college golf star didn’t hit a single driver or wood of any kind, resulting in better accuracy off the tee and an average of 14 greens in regulation in each of the event’s four rounds.
Gosling, who was taking part in his first Berkhamsted Trophy, was the only player to break par as, once again, the 6,605-yard par-71 bunker-free layout at Berkhamsted proved more than a match for 99 of the country’s best amateur golfers.
Despite two decades’ worth of golf technology advancements, with golf balls, shafts and clubheads producing ever-greater power and stability, average winning scores at the Berkhamsted Trophy have risen over the last two decades.
The club’s classic gorse and heather course, a regular in England’s Top 100 lists, uses only natural defences rather than man-made hazards.
“While other golfers played more aggressively, I hit 2-irons and 4-irons off the tee throughout the tournament, and made a lot of greens in regulation” said Gosling, a 26-year-old account exec at a graphic design firm.
“In the first round, I got to four-under on the front nine but let it go a little, so I regrouped and reminded myself of my game plan. You’re never far away from a disaster at Berkhamsted, so I kept it low in the cool and windy conditions, and gave the course a lot of respect.”
He added: “Berkhamsted is not a bomber’s golf course. With no bunkers but natural mounds and hollows everywhere, you can get some crazy bounces, which throw you off course.
“So, you need to watch your testosterone levels out there. If you try to overpower Berkhamsted, your score will suffer – it suits a shorter-hitting game plan.”