Sean Minogue - British Senior Open kingpin
Ireland's Sean Minogue is proud as punch to land the British Senior (over 55) Pitch and Putt Open at Dagnham. "It is great to actually win an international competition and the title, Senior British Open champion, is only starting to sink home."
Sean has been there or thereabouts in a number of international events, including the 2016 British event and that year's Irish Open without getting over the line. He admitted during the 2018 British Open that his pitching wasn't 'great' in the opening round. However, second and third rounds of 51 ensured a decisive five stroke margin on this occasion. "The difference this time was that a few putts dropped at the right time and a chip in at the 12th in the final round was a major factor. The rain that fell on Saturday afternoon helped me a bit," is Sean's modest assessment of his six under par 156 haul for the 54 holes.
Sean is accompanied on all his competitive forays by his son John, another avid Pitch and Putt devotee and Munster (provincial) Junior Matchplay champion in 2015. "John is a great support all the time and I love that he enjoys playing the game and he is a great motivation for me to play in International events."
An Irish colleague along with the course specialist chased Sean home at Dagenham. "Billy O'Donovan was playing in the group ahead of me and seemed to be playing very well but he told me afterwards that the putts did not drop for him. Steve Deeble proved what a good player he is when winning two years ago. Steve and his family are great ambassadors for the game."
The scheduling of an Irish international trial meant that a few potential challengers for the British Open were forced to remain on their own side of the Irish Sea. "The clash with domestic events meant there were less Irish entries but it is very difficult to get free dates in a crowded calendar," is Minogue's pragamatic view.
"The Irish Open takes place on a great course in Seapoint," confirms Sean Minogue's international Pitch and Putt schedule for the remainder of the 2018 campaign.
Having enjoyed his 2016 visit, Sean is delighted with the continuing improvements engineered by the Deebles at Central Park. "Dagenham is an excellent layout and has a number of risk/reward shots that make it challenging. It was great to see the improvements in the course layout and the clubhouse area from 2 years previously."