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England and Wales (South West) Region

Canter returns in triumph

04 Jun 19

Laurie Canter

Challenge Tour player Laurie Canter returned to the West Country to produce another sparkling display and win the revived Manor House pro-am, sponsored by Crest Nicholson.

The Cumberwell Park player who lost his European Tour card for this season returned seven-under-par 65 to beat Michael Watson (Wessex Golf Centre) by one shot.

On a day, played in a shotgun start format, he dropped his only shot at the third, made an eagle two at the eighth and another eagle at the 12th.

Watson enjoyed an even more spectacular run over the front nine. He picked up five shots in four holes from the fourth with an eagle at the seventh.

Devon duo Paul Hendriksen (Ivybridge) and Kevin Harper (East Devon) shared third on 67. Hendriksen made six birdies and Harper three on the front nine with two to follow.

Sion Bebb’s  (Morlais Castle) consistency earned fifth on 69 with four birdies. Toby Hunt (St Mellons) followed a shot behind but the mixed bag of the day came from Ed Goodwin (Cirencester) as it often does.

He eagled the seventh, birdied five, six, 16 and 17. He had to settle for a share of six after losing ground when he took seven at the par four 18th,

It was no surprise that Canter completed a double by leading home the winning team on 20-under-par 124. He was partnered by former England rugby star left-hander Jeremy Guscott, Rob Braund and Bryan Lindsay.

Harper’s team of Mike Iles, Matt Graves and Carl Lewis came second one shot behind. 

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