CRAIG Goodfellow’s hopes of recapturing the Peugot supported Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship crashed with a final-round 77 on the Hunting Course at De Vere Slaley Hall.
His five-over score was a blow to the organisers of the PGA Cup – the Ryder Cup for club pros – which will be played on the same course in September.
The ten-man Great Britain and Ireland team, announced after yesterday’s play, contains nobody from the North East and Cumbria.
Goodfellow, who represents Penrith Driving Range, was tied third overnight five shots off the lead and harbouring hopes of a late run to the title.
However, with the winner Dan Greenwood from Lincolnshire shooting a four under 68 for an eight-under total, Goodfellow ended up 14 shots off the pace in a five-way tie for 10th place.
Goodfellow leaves for Greece today on a two-week holiday with wife Joanne and two-year-old son Zach.
He said: “I just threw shots away, it was stupid really.
“I played pretty well until it came to my putting.
“I am upset about it but at least one good thing is I am off on holiday for two weeks this weekend and it will be out of my system as soon as we set off. There is no point in dwelling on it.
“It won’t be on my mind when I will be playing on the beach with my son!”
Rising star Lucy Williams cruised to her maiden Glenmuir women’s title and dedicated her triumph to her father – former European Tour professional David Williams.
The Mid-Herts Golf Club professional, who celebrates her birthday 24th birthday later this month, wrapped up a comfortable 11-shot victory after a second successive round of one-under-par 74 to finish two-under.
Williams is aiming to use the win as a springboard for success on the Ladies European Tour Access Series. News of her win was relayed to her father who normally caddies for her, however, he is at the US Open as he is a Tournament Director at the European Tour.
Williams said: “My dad is pleased. It’s nice to get a win as it’s been a while.
“I owe a lot to my dad. He coaches me and is my mentor.”
Reflecting on her round, which had two birdies and just one dropped shot at the last, she said: “I am happy I started playing steadily again.
“I just played nicely and didn’t make any unforced errors.”
NORTH EAST AND CUMBRIA SCORES: 294 Craig Goodfellow (Penrith Driving Range) 72 74 71 77, James Wilkinson (Brampton) 73 71 75 75; 295 David Clark (Morpeth) 72 78 72 72; 300 Graeme Bell (Eaglescliffe) 73 78 72 77; 301 George Cowan (Westerhope) 76 74 73 78.