England and Wales (South West) Region
04 Sep 19
David Cockayne (right) made the most of local knowledge and a rare competitive outing to win the Exeter Golf and Country Club Charity Pro-Am in aid of Rainbow Living.
Cockayne, a PGA Assistant at the club, was playing in only his third regional tournament of the year but showed no sign of being ring rusty by posting a six-under-par score of 63 to claim the £1,000 first prize.
In doing so he kept experienced campaigners, Wessex Golf Centre’s Michael Watson and St Kew Golf Club’s Richard O’Hanlon at bay, consigning them to second place with rounds of five-under.
Cockayne served notice of things to come with a high-octane start that saw him follow a birdie at the first hole and eagle at the par-five third.
Five more birdies tempered by two bogeys followed but it was the fifth and final one that proved decisive in him winning the event outright.
It came at the par-five 18th, a hole that O’Hanlon birdied and Watson eagled.
There was also an eagle of the hole-in-one variety for East Devon Golf Club’s Kevin Harper at the par-three 14th and Ryan Price, another PGA pro at the host club, recorded an Albatross at the par-five third.
Meanwhile, O’Hanlon gained a measure of consolation in the team competition by leading his trio of amateurs from St Kew Golf Club in Cornwall – Shane Baines, John Alton and Steve Churchill – to victory with a two-ball better-ball 16-under-par total of 122.
A full list of scores can be accessed via this link:
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