Spike goes out in style

Former Europro Tour winner Spike Nesbit has taken his last title as one of the professionals at Matfen Hall with a storming finish to win the North-East and North-West PGA Pro-Am in Villamoura, Portugal.

Former Europro Tour winner Spike Nesbit has taken his last title as one of the professionals at Matfen Hall with a storming finish to win the North-East and North-West PGA Pro-Am in Villamoura, Portugal.

Westerhope's club professional, Nigel Brown, is retiring in the New Year and Nesbit, who switched to golf after working in the mortgage department of Northern Rock, will take over.

Said the 29-year-old Nesbit: "It will be a wrench to leave John Harrison and the rest of the lads at Matfen, but this is a ideal job for a Westerhope lad like me."

He wobbled in the last round on Villamoura's Old Course with a double bogey at 13 before closing out with three birdies in the last five holes for a three-under 70.

Nesbit's 279 total gave him a one-shot victory over Tynedale's Martin Foster.

In Buenos Aires, Barnard Castle's Robert Dinwiddie is lying in the top third of the Challenge Tour field on 149 after a second round 75 - ten shots off the lead.

Meanwhile Jim Furyk roared to the top of the leaderboard at the halfway point of the Nedbank Challenge after firing a six-under-par 66 at Sun City. A second straight bogey-free round moved him to 10-under overall, four shots clear of the field on a 134 total.

Nick Dougherty headed a strong European challenge at the top of the leaderboard in Auckland alongside Australian Wade Ormsby at the New Zealand Open.

Following his sound opening round of two under, the 24-year-old fired five birdies in a near-perfect display on his way to carding a five-under 66 for a 135 total.

Hartlepool's Graeme Storm is eight shots off the lead after a two-under 69.

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