England and Wales (South West) Region
15 Jun 19
Wessex Golf Centre’s Michael Watson kept two current PGA national champions at bay to win the Vivary Park Pro-Am and claim his first victory of the season.
Toby Hunt, the Asbri Welsh National PGA Championship winner, and PGA Play-Off champion David Dixon both ran Watson close as he posted a four-under-par-round of 61 to claim the £700 first prize.
Hunt, who represents St Mellons Golf Club, was the closest pursuer but, level with Watson on four-under after 17 holes, was left to rue a costly bogey at the par-three 18th.
That resulted in him signing for a three-under par round of 62 to finish two shots clear of Enmore Park’s Dixon and Richard O’Hanlon of St Kew Golf Club.
Sherborne Golf Club’s Jon Bevan was the only other player to break par in the tournament that was contested by 23 PGA pros and 69 amateurs.
Bevan, captain of the victorious 2015 Great Britain and Ireland PGA Cup team of which Watson was a member, posted four birdies on the back nine but an outward half of three-over undermined his challenge.
Meanwhile the team competition was won by Hunt and his three amateurs: Jamie Short, Paul Short and Owen Irish. The quartet amassed 94 Stableford points to finish three ahead of Watson’s quartet and four clear of O’Hanlon’s team.
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