Wilson’s a winner again

Tyneside’s James Wilson continued his remarkable success since turning professional with victory in the North East & North West PGA’s Turkey Pro Am. 

James, who turned pro at the end of the 2021 season and earned a full card for this year’s EuroPro Tour, led the field of 24 professionals with a four-round total of 147 points (three under-par).

“It’s been amazing to get the ball rolling so quickly in my professional career,” said James. “There are a lot of good players on the NE/NW circuit and to be competitive and win events at this level is a great feeling.

“I wasn’t sure how turning pro would affect me, but it’s been a very positive experience. The pros have been incredibly welcoming, which has made a huge difference, and some success early on has helped build confidence.

“A huge amount of thanks must go to Kevin Batty and Steve Harrison for their work. It’s a long week for those guys with 96 people to take care of, but they made it look easy and put on a tremendous event.”

Meanwhile, Mark Ridley and Simon Robinson shared second place in the event as Matt Daley led his team to victory.

Next up for the NE/NW players is the Pro Series with four events in April – at Tyneside, Barnard Castle, Alnmouth and Penrith – followed by events at Bedlingtonshire and Castle Eden in May.