Pros share honours

The NE/NW PGA circuit reached its busiest point of the season with five pro ams and the region’s oldest professional event, The Northumberland and Durham Open, and its most prestigious event, The PGA Championship, taking place last month.

In the Northumberland and Durham Open at Rockliffe Hall, Sharpley’s Simon Robinson defended the title with rounds of 71 and 69 for a two shot win over Darren Pearce.

Meanwhile, in the PGA Championship, Morpeth’s David Clark’s five under-par total of 139 gave him a two shot win over Craig Goodfellow at Bishop Auckland Golf Club, while Vince Guest finished in third place another shot back. Tim Dykes won the Assistants’ Championship with a score of 144.

In the pro am calendar, Simon Robinson added a four shot win at the Maryport Pro Am to his N&D Open win and David Clark added the Middlesbrough GC Pro Am title to his 2017 record.

Former European Tour winner Ken Ferrie won the Hadrian Healthcare Pro Am at Whickham Golf Club with a new course record score of seven under-par (64). Washington-based Ryan Ingram collected his first professional tittle at the Ramside Hall Pro Am with a three under-par 69 while Michael Pilgrim and Jonathan Graham also collected wins, at the Billingham 50th Celebration Pro Am and Teesside GC Pro Am respectively.

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