England (South) Region
08 Mar 18
Peter Appleyard made the most of his recent trip to Portugal by winning the Golf Escapes Algarve PGA Overseas Pro-Am but left it late to claim the £600 first prize.
Appleyard, who is attached to Sittingbourne Golf Centre, posted a birdie at the tournament's final hole to finish a shot clear of Canterbury Golf Club’s Richard Wallis.
In addition to his solo success thanks to a two-under-par total of 215 for three rounds, Appleyard’s performance was key to him and his amateur partners winning the team event by six shots.
The final round should have been the last of four staged over the Morgado (below) and Omyria Palmares courses but unseasonal rain caused the third to be abandoned due to flooded greens.
Not that that spoiled the trip for Appleyard or his fellow competitors.
He said: “Of course the weather wasn’t what we’d hoped for, but thanks to The PGA’s and Mike Bryant at Golf Escapes’ organisation and the après golf, we all had a brilliant time anyway. Birdieing the last to win was very satisfying!”
Earlier in the first round at Morgado, Appleyard had served notice of things to come with a three-under-par round of 69. It featured an eagle at the par-four 15th and put him five shots clear of Wallis. Ultimately, however, that birdie at the 54th hole proved decisive.
All eyes in The PGA in England (South) are now set on November’s double header of PGA Overseas Pro-Ams with Golf Escapes to La Manga, and also a return to Quinta do Lago and the luxurious Conrad Algarve hotel.
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