truro's billy downing, courtesy and copyright tom ward at tomwardsport.comExeter’s Chris Gill is doing his utmost to stay top of the PGA West Region Order of Merit ahead of a hectic week.

Gill leads the region’s order of merit – the Race to Woodbury Park – despite finishing tied 14 in the PGA West Region Players Championship at Cumberwell Park.

The next Race to Woodbury Park event is next week's 2011 Forest Classic at Forest Hills Golf Club on August 2 and 3.


The Race To Woodbury Park top four: 654.50 - Chris Gill (Exeter Golf & Country club), 642 - Barry Austin (Downes Crediton Golf Club), 638.75 Paul Hendriksen (Dinnaton Golf Club), 627 - Michael Watson (Wessex Golf Centre).

At the weekend Gill finished tied second behind in-form Watson at the Rhondda Golf Club Pro-Am.

Watson topped the Welsh leaderboard with a three under par 67 but 32-year-old Gill and Gary Emerson (Remedy Oak) were only a shot behind.

Ahead today’s Remedy Oak Pro-Am in Dorset, Gill admits: “I am surprised that I am still leading the Race to Woodbury Park but being top of the order of merit is something special.


“I have three pro-ams this week and the next Race to Woodbury event is at Forest Hills next week so I want to keep playing well . . . and winning.”


Gill – a member of the 2011 Great Britain & Ireland PGA Cup squad - stays in Dorset for tomorrow’s Parkstone Pro-Am and on Friday is among 42 professionals, including Watson, competing in the Truro Golf Club Pro-Am.


Truro's Billy Downing carded a first round four under par 68 over the Duchess course to be among the early pace setters for the 2011 English Amateur Championship at Woburn yesterday.


Truro’s Downing is among 288 leading amateur players at Woburn, seeking to join a long and exclusive list of English amateur champions.


Wrag Barn's Ben Loughrey topped the leaderboard with back to back 70s at 1300 today.


Devon teenager Harrison Greenberry – who plays at Exeter Golf & Country Club – sank six birdies for a final round 66 to finish seventh at the 2011 English Boys Amateur Open Strokeplay Championship for the Carris Trophy at Broadstone Golf Club last week.


Greenberry's late surge enabled the 17-year-old to finish two over after four rounds at Broadstone, Dorset, on 282. Royal North Devon's Jimmy Mullen and Exeter's Ryan Pope finished tied 32nd on 290.


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