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Triple play at Stoneham

Gilson, Lowe and Rodgers card matching 67s to share top prize

Three players - William Gilson (Tidworth Garrison), Michael Lowe (Leatherhead) and Chris Rodgers (Richings Park) delivered a trio of five-under-par 67s to tie for victory in the Stoneham Pro-Am.

After setting the pace for most of the day, clubhouse leader Gilson remained on top until he was finally matched towards the end of the afternoon by first Lowe and then Rodgers. Their performances earned each of them a cool £1,033.

Gilson reflected: “I played well and got to six-under with three holes to go, but disappointingly I dropped what was to eventually prove a very expensive shot on my final hole!”

He added: “The weather was cooler but conditions remained firm and fast, so Stoneham still proved a challenging test and provided another cracking day for everyone.”

Marking a return to top form, Lowe’s round was full of highs tempered by a couple of lows. Two bogeys, two birdies and an eagle set up his opening nine, and an eagle and a birdie on his back nine added up to an exciting 67.

Seven time winner Rodgers was just one-under after his opening nine, but an eagle and two more birdies on his way back shot him to the top of the leaderboard.

Edged into the runners up role despite cards of 68 were Lea Cooper (Tilgate Forest), Alasdair Hay (Royal Winchester) and Ben Wall (Tournerbury Golf Centre).

The new PGA Surrey Open champion Chris Gane inspired his amateurs to an impressive -18 victory in the team event.

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