Southern stars light up Nelson Trophy


Guy Woodman and Chris Gane shoot 65s to share the honours at St. George’s Hill

Longball ambassador Guy Woodman and LeftHandedGolf@Silvermere’s Chris Gane put on impressive displays at St. George’s Hill, both shooting five-under-par 65s* to split the pot at the Nelson Trophy Pro-Am.

With each taking home their winner’s cheque for £725, they outclassed the local heroes Adam Morganti on three-under-par and Andy Raitt on two-under-par. Morganti made more birdies than anyone else with no less than eight on the card, but after his round opened with a double bogey six, three more bogeys spoiled what might have been.

Woodman was delighted with his sixth win of the season, as he commented, “Starting on the 16th, I was one-over after five holes after a bogey at the second, but then I managed to make three birdies on the trot including a deuce on the third, and got things into the right gear.”

He continued, “The eagle at the seventh was a huge bonus and although the birdie at the 13th was offset by a bogey at the 14th, the birdie down my final hole, the 15th, to finish with 65 was very satisfying.”

Woodman’s day was made even better when he led his amateurs to the team victory, earning him a further £150 for their win by five strokes.

Having notched up his eighth win in the southern schedule and a terrific EuroPro victory in the World Snooker Golf Masters in August, Gane was more than happy to share the limelight with Woodman, commenting, “We both love playing St. George’s Hill which was in fantastic condition as usual, and while the bogey at my penultimate hole proved expensive, getting round here in 65 is always guaranteed to put a huge smile on my face!”

The next major event in the Virgin Atlantic PGA South Order of Merit** is the Westcoast PGA Southern Professional Championship*** at King’s Hill Golf Club on the 15th and 16th of September. Local hero Benn Barham will be looking to defend his title, while Oxford Golf Centre’s Adam Wootton will be aiming to extend his lead with just three more events left in the race for the three PGA Play Off places.

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