Holland makes light of the bad weather to win
LONG Ashton assistant Roy Holland was the only player to break par on a windy, wet day at Stinchcombe Hill in the second Gloucester and Somerset PGA medal of the season.
His one-under-par 67, thanks to a superb back nine, was compiled in the worst of the weather. Bristol Golf Centre's Tim Baker had the chance to join him at the top, but a trip out of bounds on the final hole meant he had to settle for second spot.
Holland, fresh from an unsuccessful bid to progress at the European Tour School first stage in Portugal, started slowly. He dropped shots at the fifth and seventh holes before making birdies at the 11th, 12th, 14th and 17th, after another bogey to the 16th.
Long straight hitting was the basis of Baker's best Glos and Somerset score. He made a fast start with birdies at the first, sixth and seventh, adding another at the 17th. He took a half share of the birdie sweep with Filton's Tom Duke.
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New father Giuseppe Licata (Bristol Golf Centre) celebrated his return to golf with third place on 69. It could have been so much better but for a double bogey seven at the final hole. Ross Langdon (Henbury) and Paul Barrington (Players Club) shared fourth on 70.
Chris Lloyd must finish in the top ten in this week's Challenge Tour Grand Final in Italy to qualify for the European Tour next year.
After looking well set to finish in the top 20 of the rankings in mid-season, the 20-year-old Kendleshire player's form has dipped in the highly-charged competitive Challenge Tour environment where the standard is often even higher than on the main tour.
Since his fifth place finish in the Rolex Trophy in Geneva in August he has slipped back to 27th in the ranking winning £42,000 from the 18 events he has played. He needs to win a minimum of £8,000 more this week to climb back into the top twenty and reach his target.
Failing that his final chance will be at Qualifying School. The second stage is held at four Spanish venues from November 7-19 with the six-round final at the PGA Catalunya course near Girona from November 24-29.
The Kendleshire beat Tracy Park 4-1 in the final of the Gloucestershire County Presidents Cup foursomes at Minchinhampton's Avening course. They overcame Sherdons 3-2 in the semi-final while Tracy Park ousted Broadway by the same margin.
Yet the final was closer than the score suggests as one game finished on the 18th and three went to the 17th before Kendleshire could celebrate their third win in an event inaugurated by the late David King from Knowle in 1996.