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Lodge makes late dash at Cuddington Pro-Am

Rising star fires a flawless five-under 66 to take both the top and the team prize

Calcot Park’s Alex Lodge made it a day to remember, winning both the Cuddington Pro-Am with a flawless five-under-par 66 for £2,000, and the team event, enabling his amateur partners to take home the lion’s share of the prize table.

As the recently crowned PGA South Assistants & Trainees champion, Lodge carded five birdies, edging out the 67s of Oxford Golf Centre’s Adam Wootton and Left Handed Golf at Silvermere’s Chris Gane by a stroke.

Three-under with three holes to go, Lodge produced birdies at the 16th and the 17th to grab the lead and clinch the title. A delighted Lodge explained: “It was another strong field today, all aiming at one of the larger cheques of the schedule, so I was very pleased to play well and keep the bogeys off my card.”

He added: “I left things a bit late, but the memory of my last three holes will stand me in good stead when we all tee it up again tomorrow for the PGA Surrey Open Championship.”

Wootton’s round started at the 10th with a bogey, followed by a deuce, an eagle and another deuce to be three-under after four holes. Another birdie at the first created possibilities, but while a bogey at the seventh was repaired with his third deuce, he finished on 67.

After winning the Langley Park Pro-Am and coming close at Kingswood, Gane’s form was on song as he reached the turn on three-under, but just his back nine yielded just the one birdie for his 67.

Lodge’s performance clearly inspired his three amateurs, as they won the team event by two strokes the team of Adam Clough (PGolfCoaching@Pedham).

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