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England and Wales (North) Region

Ryan O'Neill wins but Gary Wolstenholme grabs limelight

15 May 18


It's not every day you’d expect to see Gary Wolstenholme, once the world’s most famous amateur, treading the fairways at Blackburn Golf Club.

But it was no big surprise when he rolled up to play in the fourth event in the PGA North Players’ Series.

“I just wanted a game,” admitted the celebrated 57-year-old who throughout his illustrious career won a plethora of tournaments and prestigious honours before joining the professional ranks a decade ago.

“I enjoyed playing here,” said Carus Green-attached Wolstenholme who later chatted to a handful of folk who recognised him after he’d tied fifth on one-under-par 70 alongside Penrith’s Tim Dykes.

Ryan O’Neill won the day with a six-under-par 65 to finish a shot in front of Mossock Hall maestro David Shacklady with Chorley assistant Andy Palmer claiming third place on 69.

The Penwortham man, who has won several times already this season in a variety of events, reeled off seven birdies and erred only once with a bogey at the 15th.

 “I play and practise as often as I can,” said the ambitious 29-year-old former Haigh Hall junior who is hoping it will be sixth time lucky the next time he visits PGA Tour School.

Meanwhile, the Players’ Series launched this year continues to grow in popularity throughout the region with 45 players pegging up at Blackburn.

The next event is at Stalybridge club Stamford on May 23.   

LEADING SCORES: 65 Ryan O’Neill (Penwortham); 66 David Shacklady (Mossock Hall); 69 Andrew Palmer (Chorley); 70 Tim Dykes (Penrith), Gary Wolstenholme (Carus Green); 71 Michael Lane (Davyhulme Park), Phil Archer (Poulton Park); Matthew Tottey (North Wales), Stephen Malone (New Generation Golf).

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