Hosted at the Mere Golf & Country Club in Knutsford, the eventual winner was Michael O’Hara from the University of Salford, who just held off a sustained late charge from GSH Associates’ Guy Howell to win with 37 points – just one point ahead.
A rejoicing O’Hara said after his triumph on the sun-drenched 6,330 yard course: ‘This is a great event and long may it continue. I came second here last year and so it is great to now go one better’.
Runner-up Howell, scored 20 points on the back nine holes to force his way to September’s final with 36 points. Earlier in the round, he had complained: ‘I wish the trees would stop eating my balls.’
Third place went to David Madeley with 36 points, winning in a count back with Stephen White. Carl Cunnelly and John Shaw tied on 34 points to make up the North-West based finalists.
Madeley revealed after his round: ‘This is my home course, I know all the hazards but the trouble is I also know how to hit them’.
Guy Woods smashed the longest drive of the day on the ninth hole, while Alexander Roberts showed slight of hand after striking the nearest the pin on the eighth.
The remaining regional finals take place at St Pierre Park in Chepstow on 15 June; Hever on 22 June; Brocket Hall on 27 June and Forest of Arden on 28 June.
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