Record breaker Jack has to settle for second best


Ipswich Golf Club member Jack Cardy suffered a bizarre twist of fate when he set a new course record of 63, 8-under-par, but was pipped to the Silver Barrel by just a single shot.

Despite having the round of his life, the 22-year-old, +2 handicapper, ended with a nett score of 65, a shot behind winner Simon Godbold who shot 69 gross off a five handicap, giving him a nett score of 64. Jack, who plans to turn professional at the end of the year and attend European Tour Qualifying School, beat the previous record of 64, held by Steven Graham since 2011.

He said: “It felt great to break the course record, though it was strange not to win after shooting such a great score. However, I wasn’t really expecting to win the nett trophy, so it’s not too disappointing. I didn’t think about the course record until the final few holes. I knew if I made a two at the Par-3 10th hole I would break it, then thankfully, I rolled in a nice 30-foot putt for birdie to break it.”

It’s not the first taste of record breaking glory for Jack, from Elmsett, who also holds the junior record at Felixstowe Golf Club. He has also played throughout Europe, winning multiple Nations Cups with England, and has a number of county championships to his name.

Neill Ellice, Ipswich Golf Club General Manager, said: “It was an extremely tough break for Jack, shooting the course record but not winning the trophy. It must be an extremely rare occurrence in golf. He is a tremendous young player and everyone at the golf club is behind him and his quest to join the stars on the European Tour.”

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