ASHBOURNE Golf Club’s Nathan Lee has won the 2014 Race to Roda golf championship – a 72-hole strokeplay event contested in Spain.
Lee, a member of the Performance Golf Academy education and player training programme based at Morley Hayes in Derby, returned scores of 80-74-74-76 for a total of 304 to narrowly beat Will Davidson (Breadsall Priory) by one stroke.
Both players played some great golf over the Dave Thomas-designed championship course located on the Spanish south-east coastal area of Murcia.
Programme director Nigel Furniss said: “There were some great performances over the week, especially from Nathan Lee and Will Davidson.
“The warm weather training presents our players with an opportunity to develop their skills at a quality venue whilst conditions in the UK are preventative.
“Our past experience has shown how valuable this can be for players, giving them a distinct advantage in preparing for the season ahead.”
The Race to Roda has become an annual event for the students on the academy programme, which forms part of a week of warm weather training and competition.
The students undertake a rigorous training and competitive programme, including daily physical and mental preparation, technical work on long game, short game and putting.
This preparation is designed to help prepare the students for a busy run of competition during March, April and May, which sees them compete in a variety of inter-collegiate tours, the British Colleges Sports Open and the National Championships.
James Whatley, lead technical coach on the academy programme, said: “The students worked hard whilst we were away at Roda, which will hopefully benefit them in their forthcoming schedule of tournaments and events.
“We carried out some great work on facilities that were in excellent condition which gives the Derby players an advantage over the competition in the coming months.”
Whatley, who played in the 2013 European Tour flagship event – the BMW Championship at Wentworth in May – was able to play each day with the students and pass on some of his skills and knowledge of competing at a high level.