England (Midlands) Region
27 May 19
One national PGA champion, Matthew Fieldsend, kept another, Andrew Willey, at bay to win the Oxley Park Pro-Am.
The pro-am, which had lain dormant for more than a decade, was revived in 2017 by PGA Professionals Craig Thomas (below) and Craig Fletcher within weeks of them taking over the pro shop and coaching at the club in Wolverhampton.
Luke Towler marked the first by breaking the course record, last year's event saw Neil Wain and Darren Prosser tied in first place and the latest featured a closely fought contest involving the 2017 PGA Assistants’ Champion and reigning Titleist and FootJoy PGA Professional Champion.
In the event, the former, Drayton Park’s Fieldsend, prevailed over the latter, Oakmere Park’s Willey, as a result of turning on the style on the back nine.
Having reached the turn a shot adrift of Willey on one-under-par, Fieldsend recorded an eagle at the par-five 13th and birdie at the last to post a four-under-par round of 67 to claim the £710 first prize.
Willey, however, was becalmed on the back nine – a birdie at the par-four 15th cancelling out a bogey at the 11th – and had to settle for second place a shot clear of The Belfry’s Neil Wain.
Wain, who posted a round of 70 and was the only other member of the 124-strong field to break par.
Stuart Burgess (2019 Oxley Park captain), Matthew Fieldsend, Craig Thomas
Meanwhile in the team competition won by the trio of amateurs led by Andrew Cheese from the Robert Rock Golf Academy, a member of Wain’s quartet, former Arsenal, Liverpool, Birmingham City and Stoke City footballer Jermaine Pennant won the nearest the pin prize on the par-three 12th.
The pro-am, once again sponsored by Wednesfield Radio Cars and supported by Churchill Contractors, raised close on £600 for two charities.
Half of that was donated to Prostrate Cancer UK, the charity nominated by Stuart Burgess (above), this year’s Oxley Park captain.
The other half went to Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), an NHS service that works with children and young people who have problems with their emotional or behavioural well-being.
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