Top of the order

South Moor’s Mark Ridley capped his remarkable year with victory in the Pro Series event at Hartlepool Golf Club to top the NE/NW PGA’s Order of Merit.

Mark won the Northumberland and Durham Open and the NE/NW PGA Championship this year en-route to topping the standings. He has collected four other wins on the local PGA circuit, played all four rounds in the Senior British Open Championship at St Andrews and the PGA Seniors Championship at the London Club, and narrowly lost out in a playoff for the British Seniors Championship at Foxhills.

Meanwhile, Brampton’s Philip Waugh won the NE/NW PGA Tour Championship at Matfen Hall with a five under-par 67. Phil led the field at the final major of the local PGA season as Ross Crowe (Blyth) shot 68 to finish in second place.

In the British Masters Anniversary Pro Am over Close House’s Colt Course, Mark tied for top spot with Ken Ferrie as both posted two under-par rounds of 69. Four players tied for third place as the team of Colin Wilson, Peter Davidson, Franco Graziani and professional Andrew Scrimshaw won the team prize.

In the two-day Archerfield Autumn Pro Am, Northern Golfer tips pro John Harrison overcame strong winds to win the event with a one over-par score. Craig Goodfellow (Carlisle Golf Centre) was second, five shots behind.

Craig did however continue his winning form at the Alnmouth Pro Series event and the Bishop Auckland Pro Am – shooting rounds of 64 and 66 respectively to lead both fields. At Alnmouth, George Cowan (Westerhope) was a single shot back in second place while four players tied for second spot at Bishop Auckland.