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Mark Winterburn wins Open championship for second time
7:30am Saturday 17th August 2013 in Sport
NOW is the Winterburn of his contentment made glorious summer by one of York’s golfing sons.
Golf professional Mark Winterburn reprised a York conquest after a gap of more than two decades.
Just 21 years ago he captured the York Union of Golf Clubs Open championship when he was a teenage assistant pro at Heworth Golf Club.
Now he is revelling in his second such success.
The man, who is now the head pro at Forest Park GC won the same crown, and it was as satisfying a championship return this week as it was first time around in 1992.
Said a delighted Winterburn: “I haven’t played in the event every year – I missed it when I was teaching for four years in Austria – but it was great to get my name on the trophy again.
“If you win it once then some can say you might have been a bit fortunate, a bit lucky on the day.
“But if you win it twice then maybe that proves that you’re not a bad player after all.”
His first York Open crown was at Pike Hills GC, the second triumph at Easingwold GC, where Winterburn won by one shot after a one-under-par round of 71 was followed by a four-under-par 68 in the afternoon.
That sealed the win from York GC’s Julian Taylor, who had two rounds of 70, while in third place after a brace of level-par 72s was Pike Hills GC star Martin Brown, a four-times winner of the York Open since 2003.
“Over the two rounds I only had one bogey,” recalled Winterburn. “I did not make many mistakes and I scrambled well when I needed to.”
Even more heart-warming for Winterburn was the response from members at his Forest Park base.
He said: “The reaction was first class. Being the first person from Forest Park to have won the York Open they were all absolutely chuffed for me.
“Also, one of the first people to ring me with their congratulations the day after I won was Steve Robinson, the head pro at Sandburn Hall GC.”
Winterburn, meanwhile, has been a key in helping arrange a celebrity golf tournament at Forest Park next month.
As part of his chosen charity, Forest Park captain Chris Merry opted to raise cash for Multiple Sclerosis.
A friend of the father of Preston North End FC manager Simon Grayson, whose mum suffers from MS, Merry has been boosted by the involvement of the football club boss.
Winterburn met with Grayson at Preston’s training ground several weeks ago and the Celebrity Am- Am has now been confirmed for Wednesday, Sepember 18.
Among the former footballers competing are Chris Kamara, Peter Beagrie, Lee Sharpe, Paul Robinson and Andy Ritchie, while current York City striker Richard Cresswell, a former Preston player, will also play.
There are also expected to be several players from the Leeds Rhinos Super League team and a contingent of Yorkshire Cricket Club players.
Said Winterburn: “It is fully subscribed already and it is looking like it will be a fantastic day.”
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