David Clark holds onto top spot in NE/NW PGA order of merit

Morpeth’s David Clark cemented his place at the top of the North East & North West PGA’s Mizuno Order of Merit with victory in the sixth and final Pro Series event at Castle Eden.

David – who increased his points total to 583, 87 points clear of James Wilson in second place – led the field at Castle Eden with a six under-par round of 64, finishing three shots clear of James and Vince Guest.

The win added to David’s second place finishes at Bedlingtonshire, Alnmouth and Barnard Castle in this season’s six-event Pro Series. He will head into this year’s professional tournaments – four 36-hole strokeplay events and the Matchplay Championship – on top of the table with James close behind, followed by Ken Ferrie, Vince Guest and Mark Ridley.

Meanwhile, Wynyard-based James Harper took top spot in the circuit’s Trump International Pro Am, which was shortened to one round due to fog on the Aberdeenshire coast. James’ 39 points saw him finish two clear of David Clark and Nicky Tibbetts.

In the opening local pro ams of the season, Close House’s Simon Robinson claimed the winner’s cheque with a round of 67 at Prudhoe Golf Club, then followed up with victory in the Darlington Golf Club pro am a few days later – posting a round of 67 to win by two.

The NE/NW PGA circuit has a busy month ahead with the first professional tournament – the Northumberland and Durham Open at Morpeth – followed by pro ams at Bishop Auckland, Maryport, Ramside Hall, Linden Hall, Whickham, Teesside, and Matfen Hall. 

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