Ross Langdon looks set to be the PGA champion
HENBURY assistant professional Ross Langdon is poised to become the Gloucester and Somerset PGA champion in only his second year at the club.
The former Gloucestershire county regular, 24, has been making his mark as a player since moving down from Gloucester.
With two events left in the Winter Series of medals, he holds a ten-point lead in the Total Triumph Order of Merit. The final venues are Isle of Wedmore on Wednesday, followed by the championship at Clevedon the following week, when double merit points are on offer.
He consolidated his position by achieving his third win of the season in carding a two-under-par 68 at Filton last month.
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His nearest rival is Brean's Andrew March who has been a revelation this year after curing his problems on the green with a belly putter.
Gareth Bennett (Cirencester), Giuseppe Licata (Hambrook) and Daryl Kelley (Filton) fill the next three positions, but are too far behind to win.
Langdon was the leading trainee last year and third in the Order of Merit, behind Mark Sanders (Stockwood Vale), who has not competed this year, and David Haines (Brean).
He took his final PGA exam this week and expects to be fully qualified soon. He plans to remain with head professional Nick Riley at Henbury for the foreseeable future.
He works a three-day weekend, which allows time for full-time playing from Monday to Thursday. "I have collected points at nearly every event this season," he said. "My attitude is better this year. I used to get on top of myself because I am passionate about the game, but I am now more patient."
He is not sure which route to take in professional golf, but initially plans to play for two more years and bid for a European Tour card in September.
He and his father Richard, who plays off five, won the betterball in the first Titleist-Footjoy Young Professionals League at Teignmouth this month. But he suffered in the gales, cold and rain during last week's 114-team Cornish Festival at Trevose, St Enodoc and Newquay and finished well down the field.
Somerset's European Tour player David Dixon was fifth, three shots behind joint winners Simon Lilly (Wellingborough) and Ryder Cup player Paul Broadhurst. Stuart Little (Minchinhampton) was ninth and Licata 13th.