Suffolk reach PGA County final at The Belfry

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Suffolk have reached the final of the inaugural PGA in England and Wales inter-county championship to be played at The Belfry on October 14 and 15 with a prize fund of £10,000. Surrey and Warwickshire are also in the final with the qualifiers from the North and West regions still to be decided.

Suffolk swept aside the challenge of Middlesex, Beds & Cambs and Norfolk in the 36-hole East qualifier held at Nazeing Golf Club.

After the first round Suffolk trailed Middlesex by two shots with the best two of three scores to count. Lawrence Dodd (Bury Golf Range) was four under par 68 supported by Peter Latimer (Felixstowe Ferry) on level par.

In the second round Suffolk blew away the opposition. Dodd was five under at the turn and, despite having chances, could not improve on that score on his back nine.

Latimer, in the final group, finished birdie, eagle, birdie to post a score of seven under par 65 which was the outstanding round of the day despite dropping a shot at the first. He picked up six shots in his final seven holes. Kevin Earp (Bury Golf Range), the reigning Suffolk PGA stroke play champion, was rusty in the morning having had limited opportunities to play competitive golf this year. He produced a far better second round of three under par 69 with included holing out from a bunker and then chipping in for an eagle at the 274-yard 17th hole. Latimer’s eagle at the 17th came with a three-wood that left him with a five-foot putt.
All three Middlesex players, Nick Pateman (Pinner Hill), Mike Vandenberg (Wyke Green) and David Bunker (Stanmore) were under par in the morning but their challenge faded in the afternoon leaving Suffolk as winners by 10 shots being 16 under par on the day with their best two scores in each round.

Stuart Brown of Orton Meadows was five under par on the day Beds & Cambs. David Woolley (Middleton Hall) was the best Norfolk player in the morning with two under par 70. In the afternoon Jason Groat (Denver Golf Club) had five under par 67. The event is sponsored by SkyCaddie.
The Suffolk PGA match play will now take place at Thorpeness Golf Club on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 29 and 30 to avoid a clash of dates with the county final at The Belfry.

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