Best staging yet of European event

The PGA EuroPro Sweetspot Classic at Longhirst Hall Golf Club: winner George Woolgar.
The PGA EuroPro Sweetspot Classic at Longhirst Hall Golf Club: winner George Woolgar.

CONSISTENCY was the key for George Woolgar as he won the PGA EuroPro Tour Sweetspot Classic at Longhirst Hall with a score of seven under par.

The Chesterfield golfer shot rounds of 67, 68 and 68 on the Lakes course to take the £10,000 first prize at last week’s event.

Irishman Colm Moriarty was leading for much of the final round, but he bogeyed the final two holes to finish joint runner-up with Zack Saltman, who set the course record with a 63 in the first round, and Paul Maddy, who shot a superb final-round 64.

Woolgar, sponsored by Prosperity Wealth Management and Capital Services, said: “It was a bit awkward in the final few holes because I didn’t know the position I was in and when I finished, I did a bit of practice on the putting green as it looked like a play-off.

“When I knew I had won it was a fantastic feeling. It’s what we strive for at the start of every competition.

“This is a course where you need to manage yourself well. If you hit the ball close you can take advantage on these greens, but if you try to force things too much you can quickly drop shots.”

Director of Golf at Longhirst, Graham Chambers, was delighted with the large turnout for the event on all three days and he thanked the volunteers as well as tour officials and sponsor Sweetspot for their support.

“Once again, we’ve been treated to an excellent week of golf and everyone who has come along to watch will have been impressed with the high quality of play,” he added.

“This year, the weather has been favourable and it meant we could set the course up to a higher standard, which has been reflected in the good scores.

“There were some fantastic rounds during the tournament and it was an exciting finish because as many as five or six players could have won.

“The week has also been valuable for our young players because they have been able to see how the professionals go about their game.”

Daniel Godding, Director of Operations for the PGA EuroPro Tour, said: “Longhirst Hall has a great set-up and its Lakes course was in a fantastic condition this year. The players really enjoy the good test it provides.”