Morrisroe takes trainees title
LEE MORRISROE, an assistant at Willow Valley, returned to Howley Hall where he was an amateur to win the latest Mizuno-Yorkshire PGA Trainees event.
He shot a one under par 70 to edge Wakefield’s David Mansell by two strokes. Aaron Hodkin (Wheatley) retains a slim lead on Tom Hesketh (Oakdale) at the top of the order of merit.
Leading scores: 70 - L Morrisroe (Willow Valley). 72 - D Mansell (Wakefield). 73 - J Miles (Alwoodley), C Watt (Howley Hall), T Hesketh (Oakdale), A Green (Doncaster DR). 74 - A Houlding (Moortown), J Pyle (American Golf), A Hodkin (Wheatley).
Hanson pipped in merit
CHRIS HANSON has finished tied fourth in the PGA North Region’s MyGolfPro winter series order of merit.
Former European Open champion Andrew Murray clinched the merit title without hitting a shot in the final event at Fairhaven. He was in South Africa for a European Senior Tour event but had banked enough points in the first three tournaments.
They saw him finish 33 ahead of David Shacklady, while Yorkshire order of merit champion Adrian Ambler closed 92 points off the pace, moving up by tieing for top spot at Fairhaven on four under par 68.
Leading scores: 68 - S Edwards (Windermere), D Brunton (Ringway), A Ambler (Walton Golf Centre). 69 - R Booth (Hale), D Shacklady (Mossock Hall), P Eales (Garstang). 70 - S Runcie (Abergele), T Maxwell (Knutsford), A Pickering (Carus Green), M Tottey (North Wales). Others included: 72 - C Hanson (Woodsome Hall). 78 - J Eyre (Woodsome Hall).
Final order of merit: 662 pts - A Murray (Portal). 629 - D Shacklady. 570 - A Ambler. 400 - C Hanson, W Barnes (Garstang). 395 - T Maxwell. 390 - D Brunton. 308 - S Edwards. 303 - R Booth. 300 - S Astin (Hesketh).
Ambler on course
ADRIAN AMBLER, who took over as Yorkshire PGA captain this week, is on course for an order of merit title – in the PGA Midlands Region.
He won the Forest of Arden pro-am, the penultimate event in the region’s winter series, by one stroke from Mathew Morris (Walmsley) and Ian Lyner (The Leicestershire) and it sent the Walton Golf Centre man top of the merit list ahead of Moor Hall’s Cameron Clark and Morris.
Ambler fired five birdies and an eagle on his way to a 67 that earned him £500 and with just the Forest Pines pro-am to come onTuesday he is on 51 points from six starts, and with a lead of ten is well placed to claim the overall winter crown for a second time.
Hall to play host in cup
DE VERE Slaley Hall in Northumberland will host the PGA Cup match in 2013 when the club professionals of Great Britain & Ireland take on counterparts from the United States.
The biennial contest – the ‘mini Ryder Cup’ – was won by the US at The Carrick on Loch Lomond last September and they defend next year at CordeValle, California. Scotland’s Russell Weir, 58, joint record holder for PGA Cup appearances, will be GB&I’s captain for the 2011 match.