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Richardson's gloss finish

03 Sep 13

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When Andrew Richardson isn't playing golf you'll most likely find him on a football pitch, a tennis court or teaching someone to ski.

This week he's been swinging a club to good effect on his way to winning the Harold Lees Trophy at Dore and Totley.

The 26-year-old, in his first season as an assistant professional at Middlesbrough, leapfrogged the field in the PGA North Assistants' Challenge event to grab the glory with a four-under-par 68 in the second round.

That was 10 shots better than his opening score over the testing Sheffield course but the Newton Aycliffe born man racked up six birdies and avoided a play-off by sinking two of them on the last three holes to ensure his first win.

But he identified his par on the 14th as crucial in the final reckoning.

"I was blocked out by a tree and could only reach the front of the green but I was able to get up and down from 50 feet," he explained.

"I was also pleased with my eight iron approach to the 17th which stopped close to the hole," he said after his two shot triumph.

Richardson, who played amateur golf in the Teesside Union before turning professional this year after completing a sports science degree at Northumbria University, will shortly move to Seaham Golf Club, "My ambition is to teach rather than trying to make a living out of playing," he added.

Disley's Scott Jackson won the Order of Merit, run over five tournaments, after sharing second with Carlo Ciullo, from the KP Club in York.

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