England (Midlands) Region
03 May 18
Andrew Jones, almost literally, took like a duck to water in winning the PGA Midlands Q School #2 at Whittington Heath.
Overnight and early morning rain had saturated the Staffordshire course, so much so that tournament director Matt Rowley and his team armed themselves with squeegees to mop up and ensure the tournament started on time.
Not that the damp conditions nor heavy rain, which continued to fall, appeared to trouble the pro from Olton Golf Club when he set off.
He opened up with four birdies on the bounce and added another at the par five ninth to reach the turn in five-under.
A more sedate back nine followed: a bogey at the par three 13th cancelled out by a birdie at the par four 17th as Jones remained on five-under to post a score of 65.
That was enough to claim the £250 winner’s cheque and finish two shots clear of four times Order of Merit winner Matt Cort who, after spending most of last season on the Challenge Tour, qualified to play in regional events by finishing second.
Jones and Cort were the only competitors in the 55-strong field to break par while Copt Heath Golf Club’s Michael Bayliss finished third on level par.
Two shots further back in a four-way tie for seventh place was former Ryder Cup player David Gilford.