CARL Mason warmed up for the Senior Open Championship in style – by breaking the Tadmarton Heath course record.
The Adderbury-based golfer is a member at the course and claimed six birdies and an eagle on the par four sixth during a pro-am.
The round of 63 was the best score by a professional since the course was lengthened several years ago.
“I don’t recall having eagled the sixth before,” said Mason, who turned professional back in 1973.
“I sank a long putt on the fifth for a birdie having not played the hole particularly well.
“Then I hit a great drive on the 6th to about 25 yards short of the green. I hit a little checking wedge and it went in.”
The 61-year-old’s score helped his team, which was made up by son Andrew, club captain Roger Mawle and John Baker, to win the competition.
Mason went on to Royal Porthcawl for the Senior Open, where a final round 79 ended his hopes of a top-20 finish.
A ten-over par total saw Mason in a share of 39th place.
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