England (Midlands) Region
01 May 18
The Marriott Forest of Arden’s Cameron Hoggarth has qualified for the final of the Titleist & FootJoy PGA Professional Championship hours after becoming eligible to play in it.
Hoggarth, who is based in Bewdley, Worcestershire, became a PGA Professional just two days before the Midlands qualifier at Little Aston and was granted a late entry into the event.
“I only qualified as a PGA professional on the Wednesday,” explained the 21-year-old. “I spoke to the tournament official and managed to get in at the last minute. So winning this event means it’s not a bad start!”
Hoggarth also benefitted from starting his round later in a day that saw play suspended because of rain.
“I was in the second last group and we got a bit lucky," he added. "The ones who’d played earlier had wind and freezing cold.
“I actually didn’t think I was going to get out there as play was suspended. I’d packed up and was ready to go home again.
“When we were out though it got a bit warmer and it didn’t rain. I played really solidly, but I’d played Little Aston a lot when I was at the University of Birmingham and I always do quite well around there.”
Hoggarth proved as much with a two-under-par round of 70 to claim the £500 winner's cheque and finish a shot clear of Oakmere Park Golf Club’s Andrew Willey.
The pair will return to Little Aston for the £78,000 grand final which is being held between July 24-27 and will be joined by a dozen others from the region: Lee Clarke, Daniel Lowe, Richard Reed, Paul Bradshaw, Adam White, James Freeman, Jon Williamson, Daniel Whitby-Smith, Jeremy Harrold, James Whatley, Adam Keogh and Mark Alan Butler.