England and Wales (South West) Region
17 Sep 19
Brickhampton Court’s Ross Langdon got his G&S PGA season off to the best possible start by winning the Courage Matchplay title for the first time.
The final was once again staged at Chipping Sodbury, which has become its traditional home, and generously supported under the Courage banner of Marston’s.
Contested by the 16 leading players from last season’s Total Triumph Order of Merit, it culminated with Langdon defeating Burnham & Berrow’s Lee Corfield 3&2 in the final.
He had served notice of things to come in the first of four rounds with a resounding birdie-laden 6&5 win over Worlebury’s Roy Baker.
Earlier Order of Merit Champion Cirencester’s Ed Goodwin defeated Bleadon Hill’s Pat Baker 3&2 to set up a quarter-final clash with Henbury’s Michael Hunt who had overcome Pete Garratt by the same margin.
By contrast, the ties that resulted in Brean’s Andrew March and Corfield booking their places in the next round went to the last hole.
March defeated Burnham & Berrow’s Shane Kaye and Corfield followed suit against The Players Club’s G&S PGA captain Paul Gravell.
The tie between Filton’s Giuseppe Licata and Ashley Mansell of Clevedon was even closer.
The pair were level after 18-holes and Licata prevailed at the first extra hole to set up a quarter-final meeting with Luke Gaskins of Brickhampton Court.
Gaskins had defeated Bristol Golf Centre’s Alex Munro but his participation in the tournament ended when he was beaten 4&3 by Licata.
In the other quarter-final ties, March succumbed to Corfield by the same margin; Hunt accounted for Goodwin on the final green; and Langdon retrieved a three-hole deficit to defeat the host club’s Robin Goodey who had beaten Martin Liley of Wheathill in round one.
Langdon’s win in the semi-final against Licata was more straightforward. He won by two holes to book his place in the final against Corfield who had defeated Hunt 2&1.
Langdon wasted no time in taking control of the final, recording five birdies in the first seven holes en route to sealing victory on the 16th.
Meanwhile, Munro defeated Garratt in the final of the plate competition after the latter had needed 23 holes to defeat Kaye in the semi-final.