07 May 19
Adam Reid is looking to begin his bid to emulate golfing legend Tony Jacklin’s record in the PGA Assistants Championship in the manner he ended last year’s attempt – with a course record.
Jacklin won the Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St Anne’s in 1969 four years after winning the PGA Assistants Championship, an event Reid finished third in last summer.
In doing so, Reid, who is attached Corhampton Golf Club in Hampshire, completed the final round of the 54-hole tournament at Farleigh Golf Club, Surrey, with a seven-under-par round of 65 to equal the course record.
That followed his four-under-par return of 68 at the same venue in the PGA South qualifier for the final, and with this year’s qualifier returning there Reid is hopeful of continuing his impressive record.
“I finished second in the qualifier last summer so I’m hoping to go one better this time,” said Reid who has recently completed his three-year course to become a PGA Professional.
His first two rounds in the final of the tournament were, by contrast, disappointing.
He began the day nine shots adrift of Lee Corfield, the eventual winner, and was nearer the back of the 40-strong band of competitors who had made the cut.
“It all clicked in round three,” he added. “I had a poor first round and that cost me in the end. But I really like the venue, it suits my game and I’m looking forward to playing there.”
By contrast, should the 25-year-old book his place in the final that carries a £32,000 prize fund with £5,000 going to the winner the venue is unknown to him.
“It’s being played at Pleasington near Blackburn,” he explained. “I’ve heard it’s a good course but the only one I’ve played up north is Scarborough. Until then the most northerly course I’d played was in Reading!”
Given Reid’s plans for the start of his career as a PGA Professional, however, that is all set to change.
“I intend to play in PGA regional events this season and then play on the EuroPro Tour next year,” he added.
“The members at Corhampton are all very friendly and I enjoy coaching them. But I want to give it a go as a player first and see how far I get. If I don’t do that there will always be a ‘what if’ at the back of my mind.”
Reid will be joined in the PGA South region qualifier at Farleigh by 107 PGA Assistants in the battle to claim the 32 places available in the final at Pleasington from July 31 – August 2.
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