Almost a Dunn deal

Dinsdale Spa’s Nikki Dunn kept her 2016 form going into the new season with a win at the opening WPGA One Day series event at Little Aston.

Dunn won the inaugural WPGA Lombard Trophy in Portugal last year and the final year assistant pro had the winning feeling again at the Birmingham venue when she carded a three under-par round of 71.

Dunn tied for the lead with Ladies European Tour player and current Welsh National PGA Champion Lydia Hall of Hensol Golf Academy in South Wales.

Darlington-based Dunn would have won the event had she not made a bogey at the par four 18th hole after making five birdies.

The former England amateur was happy with her performance and now plans to re-focus on playing following her PGA exams.

“Before I became a PGA assistant I was playing at international and county level and spent four years in the US in Texas and Florida,” she said.

Dunn and Hall finished one shot ahead of Victoria Mallet (Mytime Active) and Dunn admitted it was satisfying to match Hall.

“Lydia wasn’t in the same group as me but it was good to compete with her at the top of the leaderboard – she’s a tough cookie,” said Dunn.

“I wasn’t expecting that result at all as I haven’t practiced much so far. My last competitive round was in September when we won the Lombard Trophy.”