LOCAL professionals found it tough going at Hillside in the penultimate PGA North Region Mansell Finishes Winter Series at Southport links.
Royal Liverpool’s Ian Keenan was the lone player to break par on 70.
Bradley Park’s Jamie Coverley led the local contingent on 77, while Paul Carman and Lee Shepherd were unable to break 80.
The sixth and final event is at West Lancs on Thursday.
Leading scores: 70 - I Keenan (Royal Liverpool). 73 - S Parry (unatt), G Donnison (Mobberley), A Wainwright (Oulton Hall). 74 - B Taylor (Houghwood). Other scores: 77 - J Coverley (Bradley Park). 79 - A Ambler (Walton Golf Centre). 81 - P Carman (Huddersfield). 88 - L Shepherd (Willow Valley).
Order of merit leaders: 659pts - M Tottey (North Wales). 568 - B Taylor (Houghwood). 550 - A Ambler (Walton Golf Centre). 525 - S Edwards (Windermere). 460 - M Ellis (Romiley). 450 - M Sheppard (Darland). 440 - C Corrigan (Haigh Hall). 427 - A Baguley (Leigh). 400 - I Keenan (Royal Liverpool). 385 - L Shepherd (Willow Valley).
Carman had a better time at Fairhaven in the PGA North Region winter pro-am where he shot 70.
But that gave him a share of fifth place, four shots back from winner Adrian Ambler whose seven birdie 66 eased the Wakefield man into top spot in the series order of merit.
Leading scores: 66 - A Ambler (Walton Golf Centre). 67 - C Crowder (Lee Park). 69 - S Parry (unatt), J Cheetham (Marriott Worsley Park). 70 - M Davies (Rhuddlan), T Maxwell (Knutsford), P Carman (Huddersfield). Others included: 78 - L Shepherd (Willow Valley). NR - A Bickerdike (retired), R Kershaw (Mirfield DR).
The opening event of the 2009 Yorkshire PGA–Mizuno order of merit for trainee professionals at Moortown was won by Danny Stanley, from Tankersley Park.
Leading scores: 69 - D Stanley (Tankersley Park). 72 - A Green (Doncaster TM). 75 - R Pace (Hornsea). 76 - J Hirst (Alwoodley). Others included: 77 - R Stansfield (Bradley Park). 78 - A Cranston (Willow Valley). 84 - C Foster (Bradley Park).