England and Wales (South West) Region
06 Jul 19
Lilley Brook Golf Club is a handful of furlongs distant from Cheltenham racecourse and its annual pro-am resulted in what, across town, would have been described as a dead heat involving Sion Bebb and Paul Hendriksen.
Two of the region's golfing Thoroughbreds, who have both won the PGA Professional Championship, ended up sharing the winner's enclosure following level-par rounds of 69.
Bebb (above), who represents Morlais Castle Golf Club, was in one of the first fourballs out and set the standard.
Having been two-over after 12 holes, he transformed his round with a birdie at the 16th before becoming the only PGA pro in the field to follow suit at the par-four 18th.
PGA Play-Off winner David Dixon and Jon Bevan, captain of the first Great Britain and Ireland team to win the PGA Cup in the USA, looked set to threaten on reaching the turn in two-under but lost momentum on the back nine.
All of which left Ivybridge Golf Club’s Hendriksen (right), who was in the last group, with a clear idea of what needed to be done.
He was one-under after the front nine courtesy of a birdie at the par-four fourth but bogeys at the 10th and 12th checked his challenge.
However, a birdie at the par-four 14th ensured he and Bebb would share the prize money on offer for first and second places.
As a result both earned £650 while Ross Langdon, Russell Berry and Toby Hunt, who tied for third place with one-over-par rounds of 70, each collected £336.
Meanwhile, Luke Gaskin, who represents Brockhampton Court Golf Complex, and his trio of amateurs – Howard Todd, Matt Rigby and Shane Samarawikrema – amassed 86 Stableford points to win the team competition.
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