Fi­nal berth for Stim­son

Llanelli Star - - SPORT -

CAR­MARTHEN­SHIRE golf pro Martin Stim­son over­came a cat­a­logue of daunt­ing hur­dles at Burn­ham & Ber­row to win the PGA West re­gional qual­i­fier for the PGA Pro­fes­sional Cham­pi­onship and book his place in the fi­nal.

The Som­er­set course pre­sents a tough ex­am­i­na­tion and a fierce wind com­pounded the chal­lenges con­fronting a field packed with ex­pe­ri­enced and ac­com­plished com­peti­tors, none of whom broke par.

Stim­son, who is at­tached to Glyn Abbey Golf Club, led the way by post­ing a one-over-par round of 72 to claim the £500 winner’s cheque.

The 52-year-old qual­i­fied for the Titleist and Foot Joyspon­sored fi­nal at Hun­stan­ton, which car­ries a £78,000 prize fund with £10,000 going to the winner.

“I haven’t played there be­fore but hear it’s a crack­ing course,” he said. “I haven’t played in the fi­nal since 2012 and I’m look­ing for­ward to it. Hope­fully the sun shines and there won’t be any wind like there was at Burn­ham & Ber­row.

“I hadn’t played there for a while and it was tough.

“My birdies and bo­geys were al­most equal but I man­aged to keep the ball in play most of the time and my putting was good. It came right in the end.”

Martin Stim­son.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.