Philip Waugh secures Order of Merit tournament place

Hexham assistant Philip Waugh successful in second qualifying school in Yorkshire

Tom Dulat/Getty Images Philip Waugh in action
Philip Waugh in action

Hexham's Philip Waugh guaranteed his spot in PGA North’s seven Order of Merit tournaments this season when he won the second of two qualifying schools at Yorkshire club Normanton.

The assistant achieved it in style with a flawless seven-under-par 65 containing an eagle at the 15th hole to match up with five birdies.

James Freeman, from Doncaster resort Owston Hall where one of the ranking events will be staged on September 9-10, was runner-up with a 68. Nigel Parkinson, from Loxley Driving Range in Sheffield, tied third with John Mellor, professional at York club Oaks.

A £2m revamp is taking shape at a Cumbria club where Order of Merit ranking points will be at stake later in the summer.

Graham Curtin’s hands-on approach has seen Carus Green, near Kendal, evolve from a pretty parkland course into one of the most popular venues in the county, almost unrecognisable from when it opened as a pay-and-play resort in 1996, which boasts more than 600 members.

The final stage of the two-year revamp, which includes new tees and greens and a 500-yard overall extension, is almost complete and next year will become the home of the PGA North Region Championship.

“It’s fantastic for us to host such a prestigious flagship tournament,” enthused Curtin, who also revealed the Carus Green Cumbria Open will be staged this summer as a precursor to the event. A curtain-raising pro-am on September 12 will be followed by 36 holes over the next two days.

“We are also inviting five of the county’s top amateurs to play,” said Curtin, who revealed that European Senior Tour winner Gary Wolstenholme, the world’s most capped amateur who represents the club, will compete in the tournament.

“The new course can’t be described as a monster but it will be a fair test off the back tees and I’m looking forward to seeing how the players tackle it.”

PGA North secretary Graham Maly said: “It’s a fantastic facility with state-of-the-art practice facilities and amazing on-site accommodation.

“The picturesque course will provide a great test for our members.”

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