Pro-am 'first' is perfect timing for Giuseppe
GIUSEPPE Licata's winner's cheque for his first outright West Region pro-am success this season at Cirencester was well-timed – he is due to become a father for the first time in a less than three weeks.
The 27-year-old Bristol Golf Centre teaching professional, pictured, struck gold with a remarkable birdie run, which started with a four at the par-five third. Despite dropping a shot at the next hole, he reeled off four successive birdie threes to leap into the lead.
Although he followed with two further bogeys, he made his sixth birdie at the 12th to post a three-under-par 67 that was threatened but not beaten by later starters Paul Jones (Canford Magna), Chris Gill Exeter) and Jon Bevan (Wessex Golf Centre).
Licata's two previous wins came when he shared top spot at Vivary Park and Farrington.
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Long Ashton's Bethan Popel was more than satisfied with her result in the British Girls' Open Cchampionship at Tenby, Wales.
The competition is virtually a European championship as all the leading under-18-year-olds take part. Popel reached the last 16 of the 144-strong field, beating a Spaniard 3 and 2 and a Belgian 4 and 3 in the first two rounds of the matchplay.
She faced another Spaniard Clara Baena in the third round, but lost on the final hole. Baena went on to reach the final where she was beaten 6 and 5 by Georgia Hall, 16, from Remedy Oak in Dorset.
Her Gloucestershire colleague Shelby Smart lost to Spaniard Ha Rang Lee 4 and 3 in the first round.
Saltford's Amanda Mayne, who has just been chosen to make her England seniors debut in the Home Internationals in October, has added the Southern Regional Championship to her growing list of successes.
She shot 76 at Teignmouth to share the first-round lead with Roz Adams (Addington Court) and Jane Rees (Hendon). The second round was abandoned because of heavy rain, leaving her the winner on countback, having played the final nine holes in level par.
Lincoln's Paul Streeter won the Jamega Tour event at the Players Club with a seven-under-par 133, one shot fewer than former PGA champion Scott Drummond. Steve Surry (Cumberwell Park) was the best local finisher in fifth on level par.