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Windy Orsett course is a test for PGA East Region competitors
5:30am Thursday 21st June 2012 in Sport
GOLF: THE cream rose to the top at a windy Orsett Golf Club during the PGA East Region Championship, supported by enlite.co.uk. Jason Levermore of Clacton – winner of the 2010 Order of Merit – won the trophy by a single shot from reigning Order of Merit champion Brett Taylor of Chelmsford.
Levermore sunk a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th green to go five-under-par for the tournament.
The final par four hole, measuring 404-yards against the wind, proved costly for Taylor.
He had a triple bogey there in his first round and dropped a shot on his second round. Philip Abbott of John O'Gaunt took third place.
The local hero was 34-year-old Orsett amateur Alex Woodward who was six-under for the tournament to the delight of club members.
Woodward, an Essex county player with a handicap of plus one, has been an Orsett member since he was eleven.
Woodward was unable to claim the trophy or prize money, but his feat was rewarded by the presentation of a new bag and a bottle of champagne by club captain Jeff Woolgrove.
The following days Pro-Am tournament was superbly supported with 35 teams coming to tackle the course. Home advantage clearly showed with the winning team being comprised three Orsett members, Club Chairman Steve Biggin, George Niven and Mike Seber. Their professional Phil Abbott was also one of 3 pro’s to shoot -3 69 to win the individual Pro Am prize.
For more and pictures see Friday's THURROCK GAZETTE