Pga Northern - Burgham Park
With 9 holes to go, 22 - year old Alex Belt from Bridlington Golf Club came from 3 shots behind to win the Automatic Retailing PGA North Region Championship at Burgham Park Golf and Country Club. Brilliant performances from two of our North East professionals looked to be good enough to ensure a local winner for the second year in a row. Vince Guest from Teesside Golf Club scored 66 to lead after 18 holes and David Clark from Morpeth led the field after 36 holes with a total of 136, 8 under par.
And half way though the final round and having reached -9, Clark appeared to be heading for a victory with a three shot cushion. But they do say that a professional tournament doesn't start until the last 9 holes and how true that turned out to be at Burgham.
The Morpeth man let his guard down with bogey's at the 10th and 12th, followed by a double bogey at 13 and a further dropped shot at the next. Belt was quick to take advantage of the situation, playing solid golf which included a glorious seven iron to less than a foot at the tricky par 3 17th hole.
Belt's final round of 69, a 54-hole total of nine under par secured the Championship for the recently qualified assistant from Bridlington Links. Clark who finished with a 74 and Guest a 72 left them on six under and in second place along with Selby's Nick Ludwell who posted 71.
Following the presentation Alex said: "I was always a half-decent player, I've won a few things in Yorkshire including the Mizuno Assistants' Order of Merit for the last two years and I am planning to try and win my card for the Asian Tour later this season."
He went onto thank his playing partners, Clark and Guest for giving him experience as well as encouragement.
Defending champion John Harrison, never quite got into full swing but he still finished under par and in 10th place.
1st Alex Belt (Bridlington GC) -9 207
2nd Vince Guest (Teesside GC) -6 210
David Clark (Morpeth GC) -6 210
Nick Ludwell (Selby GC) -6 210
3rd Andrew Barnett (North Wales GC) -5 211
David Shaklady (Mossack Hall GC) -5 211
Other selected North East Professionals
John Harrison (Matfen Hall) -2 214
Jonathan Lupton (Middlesbrough) -2 214
George Cowan (Westerhope) +1 217