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Panton swings like Uncle John


Daily Mail
01 May 2018

NEIL PANTON, nephew of former Ryder Cup player John Panton, is making advances in The Daily Mail Foursomes after a runaway victory with Dunblane New teammate Ian Kenny at Bridge of Allan, writes Cara Sloman.
Panton and Kenny beat Stuart McLachlan and Phil Reid 6&5, closing out the one-sided match with a birdie at the par-four 13th, to set up a home tie with Comrie in round three.
‘Bridge of Allan is not an easy place to go,’ said Panton. ‘It’s a difficult wee nine hole course. We had a bit of luck and holed a number of good putts.’
Panton’s Uncle John was one of Scotland’s finest-ever golfers who appeared in the Ryder Cup in 1951, 1953 and 1961, won the 1956 British Match Play Championship and beat American Sam Snead to clinch the World Seniors title in 1967.
Famed for his rhythmical swing and superb iron play, John died in 2009, aged 92. Neil, who plays off four, said: ‘I have the same old fashioned swing. I didn’t get taught much by Uncle John. It was an old professional up at Pitlochry called Jimmy Wilson who taught me.
‘Uncle John and Jimmy were the best of pals. They both had been roughly taught by the same pro at Pitlochry before that.’
Neil’s cousin, Catherine Panton-Lewis followed in her father’s successful footsteps and became a founding member of the Ladies European Tour, winning 14 events.
Perhaps Neil can add another title to the family collection if the Scottish duo can continue their run all the way to the October grand finals which will be held at the Marriott St Pierre in Chepstow.
Elsewhere, mother and daughter Gwenfair and Donna Aykroyd hope it will be third time lucky after early exits on two previous occasions playing for Bala.
They managed to squeeze out a home victory over Welshpool’s Margaret Bowen and Justine Nicoll with a par at the first extra hole and now travel to Porthmadog in the third round.
‘I like that course. It’s easier than Bala,’ said Gwenfair, after their fightback. ‘We started off one down, two down, three down. So I said: “We’re not going to play 18 holes here.’’ But after nine holes we started playing better and we came back.
‘It was a good test. We don’t fall out at all and we never say sorry.’

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