Portuguese master

Watkins wins Portugal Pro Am as we round up the final events of the NE/NW PGA season

Hobson’s Mark Watkins made the most of the final event of the NE/NW PGA season with a 15 under-par total at the NE/NW PGA Portugal Pro Am for a six-shot victory.

Playing in the annual four-round event, Watkins put together scores of 38, 41, 38 and a closing 42 points to beat South Moor’s Mark Ridley. Stephen Kyle finished in third place on eight under-par as Westerhope’s Michael Nesbit finished fourth.

“It’s great to be back at the top of the leaderboard,” said Watkins on his return.

“There were some scores out there which I haven’t shot in a few years, it was great to get to some low numbers. The warmer climate definitely helped a bit and to win the event for the first time is a great feeling.

“The highlight was definitely the last round. It was tight at the top of the leaderboard and to put a six under-par final round together with birdies at four of the last five holes was fantastic.”

Andrew Scrimshaw led the team of Dave Tweddle, John Potts and Graeme Robson to victory in the team event. There’ll be a full report on them in the next edition.

In the two-day Archerfield Links Pro Am, Kyle led the field with a 10 under-par aggregate of 82 stableford points. Tynedale’s Martin Forster finished in second place with 79 points over the two rounds – including an ace on the par three third on the Dirleton course on day two. Sharpley’s Simon Robinson was two shots further back in third.

The NE/NW PGA’s Christmas Pro Am takes place at Rockliffe Hall on November 23.