England (Midlands) Region
11 Jul 19
Given his recent record at Little Aston, it would come as no surprise if Andy Willey wanted to shovel up the course and relocate it closer to his Nottinghamshire home.
Willey won the Titleist and FootJoy PGA Professional Championship there a year ago and followed up a couple of weeks later at the venue by sharing the runner’s up berth in the Second City Charity Golf Classic.
Fast forward 12 months and the pro from Oakmere Park Golf Club went one better in the annual event which has raised thousands of pounds for good causes since it was first staged in 1967.
Willey went into the tournament buoyed by winning the first PGA Midlands Order of Merit event of the season, the 14th Glazerite Trophy at Wellingborough Golf Club.
And he put himself on course for his second victory in eight days with a birdie-laden front nine.
Six on the bounce embracing the third to eighth holes tempered by a dropped shot at the par-three ninth left him five-under at the turn. His progress on the back nine, which began with a bogey, was less spectacular by contrast.
Two more birdies resulted in a six-under-par round of 66 and 42 Stableford points that earned him the £700 winner’s cheque.
In the final reckoning, the last of his birdies – at the par four 18th – proved crucial as it ensured he finished a shot clear of Morley Hayes Golf’s James Whatley and Simon Lilly of De Vere Staverton Estate.
Similarly, a bogey at the par three 13th did for Whatley’s chances of finishing level with Willey.
Lilly, however, was bogey-free, as was Darnford Moors Golf Club’s Danny Taylor who finished fourth a shot further back on four-under.
Meanwhile, the team competition, which featured 40 trios of amateurs each playing with a PGA Professional, was won by Coltham Developments with a total of 90 Stableford points.
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