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PGA Surrey Open Crown for Gane

Silvermere’s lefty lifts Order of Merit title at Cuddington

Claiming his third Virgin Atlantic PGA Order of Merit tournament victory, Chris Gane (LeftHandedGolf at Silvermere) lifted the PGA Surrey Open Championship trophy at Cuddington.

The Surrey lefthander saw off the opposition in style with a second round 65 for a winning tally of 11-under-par 131* and as he commented afterwards, “I took a week off from the PGA EuroPro Tour and had some putting tuition from John Macklen at Sundridge Park. That made all the difference - I played well at the Kingswood and Langley Park Pro-Ams, and really capitalised here.”

“The greens at Cuddington were some of the best I’ve played this year and the whole place was in fantastic condition throughout the three days, and we are all extremely grateful to Cuddington’s for their kind hospitality.”

Gane’s golf over the last three days simply got better and better, starting on Sunday with a 67 for second spot in the Cuddington Pro-Am, earning a handy £1,300. Getting the hang of the fiery conditions and using mostly irons off the tee, Gane went round in 66 strokes to open his account in the championship event.

Even so, he was still a stroke behind the first round leader: the new Titleist & FootJoy Women’s PGA champion Keely Chiericato from Manston Golf Centre.

The breezier conditions for the second day did not blow Gane off course, adding an even more impressive 65 to finish on 11-under-par and five strokes ahead of his nearest rival.

Canterbury’s Richard Wallis matched Gane’s second round of 65, adding it to his opening 71 to claim second spot and a cheque for £1,285. A stroke behind saw Stoneham’s Adam Hickling and Rustington Golf Centre’s Michael Bullen tie for third spot.

The race for the Virgin Atlantic PGA South Order of Merit hots up in August with a visit to Prince’s for the PGA Kent Open Championship.

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