WEST REGION PGA Newquay pro Gill masters Dudsbury

Cornwall-based golf professional Chris Gill swept through the field to win the Dudsbury Masters on a spectacular day of scoring at the Bournemouth course.

Gill, 38, pipped Wessex Golf Centre pro Michael Watson at the first extra play-off hole after both players stormed to the leaderboard summit on 133 following scorching rounds in the PGA in England & Wales (South West) event.

The Newquay club professional said: “I’m chuffed as it’s nice to get back to competing after so long.

“It was lovely just getting into contention so this win is something special. Club commitments mean I haven’t played or practised a lot.

“I felt a bit twitchy over the last few holes but it was great to get that feeling that I could win again.”

After an opening 68 Gill plotted his way to six-under 65 with precision and accuracy to draw level with runaway clubhouse leader Watson.

Watson, who won at Cotswold Edge and Moor Hall on successive days recently, produced a career-best nine-under-par 62 to leap into the lead following his opening day level par 71.

PGA West Dudsbury Masters (at Dudsbury GC) leaderboard

133 Chris Gill (Newquay) 68 65, Michael Watson (Wessex Golf Centre) 71 62

134 Jon Bevan (Sherborne) 66 68

136 Lee Thompson (Dudsbury) 74 62, Barry Austin (Downes Crediton) 72 64, Stuart Little  (Minchinhampton New) 70 66, Sion Bebb (Morlais Castle) 70 66, Mark Wiggett (Dudsbury) 68 68, Kevin Harper (East Devon) 67 69

137 Paul Hendriksen (Ivybridge) 69 68, Lydia Hall (Hensol Golf Academy) 69 68, Toby Hunt (St Mellons) 68 69

138 Richard O'Hanlon (St Kew) 69 69, Ashley Mansell  (Clevedon) 65 73

139 Giuseppe Licata (Chipping Sodbury) 72 67, Dan Carter (Upavon) 71 68, Martin Stimson (Ashburnham) 70 69, Mark Searle (High Post) 69 70, Paul Jones (Ashley Wood) 69 70, Scott Drummond (Plymouth) 67 72, Max Billingsley (St Kew) 67 72, Adam Frayne (Yelverton) 66 73

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