PGA South sparkles in support for Seve

Three 66s lead the celebrations at the KCOM Seve Ballesteros Foundation Pro-Am

A trio of southern stars led the way at Foxhills, shooting cards of 6-under-par 66s* to share the honours at one highlights of the PGA South schedule, the KCOM Seve Ballesteros Foundation Pro-Am.

Celebrating its seventh successful year with a new sponsor, KCOM**, the event has now raised funds well in excess of £250,000 in aid of a cure for brain cancer, and to provide opportunities for underprivileged children to play golf.

Brendan Reynolds, the driving force behind the high profile Pro-Am and a long-time friend of the Ballesteros family, said, “A lot of people put in a lot of time and effort to make this day a success, and it’s fantastic when we’re able to applaud the terrific scoring of today’s three winners.”

Foxhills’ ambassador, Nick Dougherty, showed his competitive streak by shooting five birdies for his 67, one short of victory. That honour went to Nico Els (Professional Golf Breaks Tuition), current Virgin Atlantic PGA South Order of Merit leader Adam Wootton (Oxford Golf Centre), and Paul Nessling (Cooden Beach), each making six birdies in their six-under-par rounds of 66.

As well as Dougherty and the other European Tour winner in the field, David Howell who had come straight from the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre, the southern trio edged James Ford (LeftHandedGolf@Silvermere), Paul Simpson (West Berks), Peter Appleyard (Sittingbourne), Richard Wallis (Canterbury) and Darren Prosser (Kingswinford) into the runners up position, with each shooting five-under-par cards of 67.

Ford’s colleague and recent winner Chris Gane (LeftHandedGolf@Silvermere) led his trio of amateur golfers from Lloyds Bank to victory in the team event with 125 points, two better than James Ablett (Lee-on-the-Solent) and his KRL team which included plus 4 handicapper and current British Amateur Champion Scott Gregory.

Wootton’s display crowned his seventh win of the season, two of them majors in the Virgin Atlantic PGA South Order of Merit. Nessling on the other hand was happy that his all his hard work on the practice ground was bearing fruit once more with his third win of 2016.

Els was delighted to add yet another win to his string of victories this year, with five under his belt so far. He said, “Whenever you play, you want to play well of course, but there are some events that make you want to try even harder and this is one of them. So today I’m very happy to have pulled those six birdies out of the hat to celebrate the big occasion.”

Els continued, “This is a very special day in any golf professional’s season, and for each of the amateur golfers who go to great lengths to support it. It’s a great cause, and a great way to remember the man himself. So we’re all very pleased to have played our best in honour of Seve, a hero to millions of golfers both professional and amateur and an inspiration to all of us.”