Professionals battle it out

The latest news from the NE/NW PGA circuit

The region’s best professionals have shared some of the biggest prizes of the season as the packed schedule of NE/NW PGA events draws towards its conclusion for 2016.

Michael Nesbit has produced some of the best golf of the summer with wins at the Morpeth and Bamburgh Castle pro ams in August and a second place finish in the Barnard Castle GC Pro Am, while Callum Terran, Craig Goodfellow, Mark Ridley and Vincent Guest have all picked up wins in the last month.

Nesbit, PGA professional at Westerhope Golf Club, said: “It’s been a great few weeks in the pro ams. I’ve played some good golf since the start of the year and just found a little bit on the greens in August which has brought the rewards.

“Both pro ams were pretty tough with pouring rain at Morpeth and then strong winds at Bamburgh so I was really happy to put in good scores in such tough conditions.

“I’ve had success at both clubs through the years – at Bamburgh as a junior and then in the pro ams, and I’ve always played well at Morpeth having broken the course record there about 10 years ago and had some good finishes in the pro am.”

Nesbit returned a round of 68 to beat Simon Calvert by a single shot at Morpeth before finishing in a tie for the win at Bamburgh with Peter Raine, both pros recording rounds of 67.

Meanwhile, Goodfellow returned one of the rounds of the season so far as he shot 65 to win the Hexham Golf Club Pro Am by three shots from Simon Robinson as Martin Forster finished a further shot back.

Terran won at the start of August at Rockliffe Hall, his round of 68 one better than Close House’s Jonathan Lupton.

Ridley won at Goswick, where his round of 69 was one better than Philip Waugh as Robinson finished third. While at Barnard Castle, Vincent Guest shot a superb 68 to lead the field as Tim Dykes and Nesbit tied for second place.

In the Order of Merit, played for over the Pro Series and professional tournament events throughout the year, Goodfellow leads Robinson by 33 points with just the Matchplay event remaining.

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