Yorkshire golf: Meltham’s Jamie Bower ‘fine tuning’ game ahead of Southern Cape Open

Yorkshire champion Jamie Bower (Picture: Chris Stratford).
Yorkshire champion Jamie Bower (Picture: Chris Stratford).
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YORKSHIRE champion Jamie Bower will spend Wednesday honing his game as he looks to continue his successful spell in South Africa with England Golf’s men’s squad.

Bower complemented his victory in the Gauteng North Open with third place at the African Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Leopard Creek last weekend.

The Meltham man shot rounds of 66 72 68 75 to finish seven shots back of winner Albert Venter, from the Centurion Country Club.

It is the last round that caused him to look for minor refinements to his swing ahead of the Southern Cape Open, which starts on Thursday at Mossel Bay Golf Club.

“I played nicely for the most part at Leopard Creek, but it was just a very disappointing last round,” he said.

“I have had a couple of days to fine tune my game before the next tournament, so hopefully I will be back on form again.”

Bower not only won the county title at Fulford last year, but also made his senior England debut in the Home Internationals and earned selection for the 2016 England Golf men’s squad.

He also made the semi-finals of the English Amateur championship at Alwoodley, only losing in a sudden-death play-off to Sundridge Park’s Alfie Plant, who is also a part of England Golf’s squad in South Africa and has been drawn alongside Bower for the first two rounds of the Southern Cape Open.