Hugo Dobson enjoys ‘the best week’ of his career after victory at Frilford Heath

Hugo Dobson, in action during his win at Frilford Heath.

Hugo Dobson, in action during his win at Frilford Heath. - Credit: Archant

Hugo Dobson, the former Suffolk county player, had the biggest triumph of his golfing life when he won the PGA Europro IFX Masters at Frilford Heath.

Hugo Dobson, with his winner's trophy, in front of the final leaderboard

Hugo Dobson, with his winner's trophy, in front of the final leaderboard - Credit: Archant

Two splendid rounds of 66 left him 12 under par in a tournament reduced to two rounds after heavy rain on the opening day. He finished two shots clear of Steve Robins of Hull.

“It is the best week of my career,” said Dobson, who takes home £10,000 as well as a brand new Motocaddy S3 PRO electric trolley with lithium battery, Bushnell Pro X2 range finder and Bolle sunglasses.

Dobson moves up to second on the order of merit and earns an invite to the Challenge Tour’s Scottish Hydro Challenge at Macdonald Spey Valley between June 29 and July 2.

There is a £250,000 bonus for any player who can win four Europro tournaments this season and the 25-year-old knows what a difference that could make.


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“It would be life changing,” said Dobson. “I have won one now so I need to keep pushing forward and see what happens.”

His next Europro event will be the Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters, which is to be held at Montrose, starting on June 13.

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Dobson took a one-shot lead into the final round. He finished his first round with three consecutive birdies to leap to the top of the leader board.

An in-form Dobson came under pressure in the second round when he dropped a shot at the 14th and became joint leader.

“The eagle at 15 was massive,” explained Dobson. “It was probably 40-foot. I wanted to leave it within tap-in distance. To hole it was amazing.

“I didn’t know what other players where doing but I was aware that I had a one or two shot lead.

“I had to play one shot at a time and treat it no different from a practice round.”

Dobson, son of Stonham Barns professional Tony, plays out of Woodbridge where he had been an amateur.

He now lives in Kent and plays at Chart Hills.

He has received many messages of congratulation including one from Tyrrell Hatton, the European Tour player, for whom he caddied in the Far East last year.

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