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31 May 19

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Wil Marklew trod the perfect path between camaraderie and competitiveness in qualifying for the final of the Birdietime PGA Assistants’ Championship.

Marklew, a PGA Assistant at The Belfry, posted a four-under-par round of 69 to win the PGA Midlands qualifier at Coventry Golf Club and book his place in the final at Pleasington, Lancashire.

In terms of his scorecard, the key to him finishing a shot clear of Overstone Park Golf Club’s Harrison Woan and the rest of the 70-strong field was a bogey-free back nine that featured four birdies.

All of which came as something of a surprise to the 23-year-old. Reflecting on his round, Marklew said: “To be honest, I struggled so I’m delighted with the way things turned out.

“I haven’t played a lot but the way Harrison (Long) and Tom (Cowen) and I approached the game helped immensely.

“We got on really well together and it was very relaxed. It was a bit like a social round but we took taking our shots seriously and it worked out well.”

Marklew and Woan, who bogeyed the 18th to miss out on a share of first place, will be joined in the final by 19 other qualifiers from the event at Coventry.

Looking ahead to the 54-hole Birdietime-sponsored final which carries a £32,000 prize fund with £5,000 going to the winner, Marklew added: “I grew up in Cumbria and played Pleasington a lot when I was younger.

“It suits my game more than the course at Coventry and I’m looking forward to the final.”

Prior to that Marklew has designs on playing on an even bigger stage – he is competing in an Open Championship regional qualifier on June 24.

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