Small's big win sees him top county professional
SOMERSET county regular Tom Small (Farrington) has become county champion for the first time after beating a quality field by one shot at Bath.
But the 22-year-old from High Littleton, who works in the pro shop at Farrington, dropped two shots in the final three holes of the second round, including a three-putt on the last.
After shooting 74, Small, pictured, said: "I felt I had blown it or would have to play-off." But he was reprieved when Dave Gregory (Burnham and Berrow 74-71) made a double bogey in the last to share second with club colleague Ellis Cook (74, 71) with James Popham (Enmore Park 72, 74) fourth.
Small, the five-time Farrington club champion, who plays off plus one, has been toying with the idea of becoming a professional for the last two years but is still undecided about his future.
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He was three shots behind surprise first round leader Josh Knight (Wells) after an opening one-under-par 70.
The greens were cut again and the pins placed in less accessible positions in the afternoon so the scoring became higher. Knight followed with 80 to drop to a share of fifth with Ian Parham (Mendip 76, 71), George Morgan (Mendip 75, 72) and Craig Adams (Farrington 72, 75).
Farrington qualified to represent Somerset for the second time in three years in the county finals at Stoneham in September. Stuart Ponfield (74, 74) who finished ninth was the third team member.