Twenty-six of Wiltshire’s top golfers clashed at the 35th Hills Wiltshire Professionals’ Golf Championship in Marlborough on Thursday.
Ross Langdon of Gloucester Golf Club and Andy Beal of Salisbury & South Wilts GC faced each other in a sudden-death play-off to determine the winner of the competition, held in perfect weather conditions at Marlborough Golf Club. After the morning round Andy Beal was leading by one under par, second place was a tie between Simon Shanks, Bowood GC and Ross McCance of Chippenham GC both on one over par, and third place ties on two over par were Mark Sandry of Broome Manor GC, Craig Bell of Cumberwell Park GC, Barry Forster of North Wilts GC and Graham Laing of North Wilts GC.
At this stage Langdon was tied in fifth place with Dan Carter of Upavon GC, and Henry Pallas of Hamptworth GC. The afternoon round saw Beal off to a fantastic start with an eagle on the first hole, followed by two birdies giving him a strong four under par lead after the first nine holes.
Langdon also produced a good first nine with four birdies putting him at three under. The second nine holes proved disappointing for Beal after a triple bogey and two further bogeys left him at one over for the round. Langdon managed two birdies on his second nine, but two bogeys gave him a level 36. Overall both players finished their day on level par to force the play off over holes 10 and 18. Langdon’s birdie on the par five 10th hole secured him a two-shot victory.