Ambler aims to bounce back with PGA Cup bid



Yorkshire’s Adrian Ambler is hoping to wipe away the frustrations of his previous two Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship finals this year.

Ambler from Low Laithes Golf Club is aiming to book a return in the North East qualifier at York’s Fulford Golf Club on May 13.

This year’s final is being staged from June 11-14 at De Vere Slaley Hall in Northumberland with the 72-hole tournament carrying a £78.000 prize fund.

The Peugeot-supported final will also decide who makes the Great Britain and Ireland PGA Cup team to face the United States which will also be staged at Slaley Hall.

And that is something that narrowly eluded Ambler two years ago when the final was staged at The Belfry.

“I’ve had a couple of frustrating Glenmuir finals, two years ago I needed to birdie the final hole to make the play-off for the PGA Cup team,” he said.

“And last year I needed to finish in the top 20 to be exempt from qualifying and I came 21st so that was disappointing but I’ve got plenty to build on.

‘I know Fulford well as I won three Yorkshire PGA titles there.

“My aim is to make the PGA Cup team if I can, I would love to get into the team.

Ambler is encouraged by his recent results though having claimed the PGA Fourball Championship with Mid Yorkshire Golf Club’s Aran Wainwright and also finished 12th in the PGA Play-Offs in Turkey.

“Last year was probably my best year I’ve ever had in terms my form and I just hope I can recapture that,” he said.

Ambler is now settled at Wakefield’s Low Laithes club where his coaching skills are in demand as one of an army of PGA Professionals who on a daily basis help thousands of amateurs to play better golf and enjoy it too.

“I came to Low Laithes 18 months ago and it’s an excellent course with a lot of history as it was designed by Dr Alister Mackenzie who designed several major courses including Augusta National.

“It got that special quality to it and it’s a great place to be based as a professional.”

Other players in contention include ex-PGA Cup players Graeme Bell (Eaglescliffe) and Mike Nesbit (Westerhope) while Hedley Muscroft’s son Richard who is based in Germany at Schloss Westerholt Golf Club is also in the field.

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