Saturday, 19 October 2013

Checkmate for Rooke in Welsh National Championship

Lee Rooke who got off his sick bed to compete in the Welsh National PGA Championship at his home club Royal St Davids, Harlech survived a sudden-death play-off last night to lift the prestigious title.
Having been struck down with a bug last weekend Rooke did not think he would be able to make the start on Thursday morning but battled to join the fray- and was glad he did so.
He led after round one with a scintillating five under par 64 but found it a little bit more difficult yesterday and had to be content with a 71.
Rhos-on-Sea based Jon Bevan had started respectably with a 68 and the moved up a gear to card 67 which included two birdies in the last three holes.
This meant both Rooke and Bevan ended on 135 so they embarked on the play-off hole the short 18th again – and it did not take long for Rooke to squeeze home and collect the £1500 first prize.
Former Welsh amateur international Gary Houston finished third on 137.


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