England (Midlands) Region
22 May 19
Andy Sullivan had to deliver the skills that have won him three European Tour events to keep many of the PGA Midland region’s top pros at bay in the Nuneaton Golf Club Pro-Am.
Having been a member at Nuneaton and coached by its head PGA pro Craig Phillips before he turned pro in 2011, Sullivan has been a regular participant in the pro-am.
He finished third behind Whittington Heath’s Daniel Whitby-Smith last year and won it in 2014 with a seven-under-par round of 64.
That was his score this year but on this occasion he needed an eagle at the par-five 18th to clinch victory and finish a shot clear of 2018 Titleist and FootJoy PGA Professional Champion Andrew Willey.
That finish, which was preceded by four successive birdies from holes 13 to 16, contrasted with a low-key key first half that saw him reach the turn in one-under.
Willey, who finished two-shots clear of Christopher Evans, also moved into overdrive on the back nine, recording five birdies after bogeying the 10th. Sullivan’s eagle at the last, however, proved decisive.
Meanwhile Sullivan and his team had to settle for second place behind the trio of amateurs led by Burton on Trent PGA Assistant Ben Jenks.
All of which completed a memorable week for Jenks who, five days earlier, had won the PGA Midlands Trainees Strokeplay #2 at Wishaw Golf Club.
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