IT’S HATS off to Hucknall golfer Carl ‘The Power’ Powell, who was seen on Sky Sports TV driving his way to glory in the final of the nationwide William Hunt Trilby Tour competition.
The tournament was created in 2007 by menswear fashion designer William Hunt with amateurs competing under professional conditions for the chance to grab the ‘winner takes all’ prize and prestigious trophy.
To add to the pressure, each round of the competition is filmed for Sky Sports. Players pay a £250 entry fee and are kitted out with William Hunt outfit, trilby hat and limited edition Callaway golf bag.
Last weekend, the finale played at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire was aired on Sky Sports with 41-year-old Powell, who is a member of Ormonde Field Golf Club in Codnor, Derbyshire, seeing off every other member of the leaderboard after a four-man playoff.
The result was something of a shock as it was the first year competing in the Trilby Tour for Powell, who was helped every step of the way by caddy Sam Clarke.
After collecting the trophy, Powell, who counts Lee Westwood as his golfing hero, said: “It was an extremely tense round! We went to sudden death twice. This absolutely broke me,
“I thought I had won it but Ian Barker (closest challenger) kept on coming right back at me. In my mind I had already won twice over, but each time I got deflated by Ian. It was a huge relief to win it. I never want to go through that pressure again.”
Powell, who plays off a handicap of one, won the contest by scoring 36 points in the final.
He qualified for the showpiece by winning one of the Trilby Tour events in Yorkshire in torrential rain.
Powell says winning the Trilby Tour is the greatest achievement of his life and he plans to keep the trophy at his golf club.
He said: “Off my handicap, I fancied a shot at the final. I played really well on the day to get into the playoff but to win it was unbelievable.
“I played very well, I was one over par with 36 points. After the five holes in the playoff, I was actually one under which meant I played level par for 23 holes. It was a tough day but I have been playing well all year, I was quite confident I would do good but never imagined that I would win it!
“The cameras didn’t really bother me as much as who I was playing against, Ian is a past regional champ. In the playoff, Ian sticking to me like glue was a bigger hindrance.”
n OUR PHOTOS show Carl in action and inset with his trophy (PHOTOS COURTESY OF: Shi Tang and The William Hunt Trilby Tour).