England (Midlands) Region
04 Oct 18
Ben Hall followed up his victory in the Mapperley Golf Club Pro-Am by winning the Midland Assistant Professional Championship but the manner of his triumphs contrasted sharply.
Whereas the PGA Assistant from Rushcliffe Golf Club shared pole position with Lee Clarke in the former, describing his victory in the latter as convincing does not do it justice.
He finished the 36-hole event at Walsall Golf Club seven shots clear of the 30-strong field to claim the trophy and £250 winner’s cheque.
In doing so he was the only player to break par, posting rounds of 68 and 65 for a seven-under-par total of 133.
That looked an unlikely outcome at the start of his round, however. Having birdied the first hole, he followed up with successive birdies but recovered to end the first round a shot clear of South Staffs Golf Club’s Matthew Jacques.
Jacques suffered similarly at the start of the second round while Hall got away to a flyer by recording three birdies in the first four holes.
Three more, tempered by a bogey at the par-four 14th, followed on the back nine for a five-under-par round of 65.
Jacques, meanwhile, finished second on level par, three shots ahead of Erewash Golf Club’s Hayden Berridge and 10 clear of Drayton Park’s Harrison Quirk (above) and Adam Woolley.
Quirk, however, had good cause to celebrate as finishing tied-fourth ensured he topped the Assistants Order of Merit for the season.
His points tally of 650 left him 90 clear of Champions UK’s Stuart Davis, who did not play in the final event. Woolley, who is attached to Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club, was third.
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