Blemish-free round on shortish course plays right in to hands of Hendriksen

Team Effort
TEAM EFFORT: Taunton and Pickeridge club captain Phil King, (middle, left), congratulates the Pure Protection Ltd team of, (left to right), Marcus Sharif, Robin Dowling and Graham Ford who, alongside Mark Wiggett (Dudsbury Golf Club), won the club’s Pro-Am with a score of 16 under par

PAUL Hendriksen has become the player of the month after a succession of wins and high finishes.

His success in the 125th anniversary pro-am at Taunton and Pickeridge was his fourth in his last six starts.

That included a shared first place with Billy Hemstock (Teignmouth) in a Cornwall PGA event at Trethorne.

Once again in Somerset he was obliged to share his victory on five-under-par 64. This time consistent Welshman Richard Dinsdale (Asbri Golf, Caerphilly) joined him at the top – just as Harry Mayers did at St Mellion and Kevin Harper at Torquay.

‘I never want this run to end,’ said the Ivybridge manager-professional who also works at Plymouth Golf Centre near his home.

His immaculate iron play on a shortish course with six par threes proved valuable as he carded three successive birdies from the third and others on the eighth and 18th for a blemish-free round.

Another Plymouth resident Scott Drummond was two shots behind on 66 to share third with the improving Craig Melding (Neath) and veteran Lee Thompson (Dudsbury).

Richard O’Hanlon (St Kew), Ashley Mansell (Clevedon) and Mark Wiggett (Dudsbury, Ferndown) followed in sixth on 67.

The Pure Protection team of Marcus Sharif, Robin Dowling and Graham Ford, led by Wiggett, won on 16-under-par 122. Jim Mardell and his Tolchards team of Mike Angell and Kevin McCarty helped Drummond into second on 123.

The club’s Champions team finished third in the team event alongside Weston-super-Mare pro Dan Toogood who was joined by county player Tom Sloman, off plus three, Tom Buckley, (6), and Fiona Lockyer, (3), who contributed four gross and three net birdies.

MICHAEL Watson is determined to qualify for the play-offs again this year and is right in form to consolidate his position.

The Wessex Golf Centre (Weymouth) player completed the perfect preparation for this week’s Cumberwell Park Players Championship ‘Order of Merit’ event by winning his second regional pro-am of the summer in style at West Wilts.

His three-under-par 66 on a difficult day for scoring at the hill-top Warminster course brought a one-shot success over Richard O’Hanlon, Sion Bebb (Morlais Castle, Merthyr Tydfil) and the previous day’s winner Jon Bevan.

He was three under after 12 before he dropped his only shot at the next hole. His fourth birdie at the 16th brought him the lead.

O’Hanlon made five birdies but dropped three shots. Bebb made a three-birdie start but was only level after nine before his round was restored by three birdies in the way home.

Bevan made a double bogey six at the 12th before biting back in a great finale making birdies at the 13th, 14th, 17th and 18th.
Adam Frayne and Paul Hendriksen with five birdies each and Ross Langdon (Brickhampton, Gloucester) with four were the only other players under par on 68.

They shared fifth. Langdon led the winning team of Mike Price, Kevin Lucas and Tom Martin on 13-under-par 125.

Former West Wilts and Chippenham player Emma Brown (The Kendleshire) came second with the Roundstone Vending team on 126. Her
partners were John Roe, Clive Atkinson and Paul Wood.

Giuseppe Licata (Chipping Sodbury) piloted Roger Antolik, Jim Dufosse and Ian Park into third on 127, shared with Henry Pallas (Upavon) and the Church Finance (Westbury) group.

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