JAMES Wilson returned to Dudsbury Golf Club to achieve his first solo West Region win in the Dudsbury Masters Pro-am with a six-under-par round of 65.
Playing the course he knew so well during his seven years as the club’s teaching professional until his departure this year for a similar role at nearby Ferndown, he made seven birdies and dropped his only shot on the tricky par three 11th.
Wilson, whose only previous visit to the winner’s circle was after a three-way tie at Remedy Oak two years ago, was four-under par until his one lapse after birdies at the first, fourth, ninth and tenth. He added further gains at the 14th, 15th and 17th.
He beat experienced pair Liam Bond (Marriott St Pierre) and Stuart Little (Minchinhampton) by one shot. Bond also bogeyed the 11th and made six birdies and the first, fourth, ninth, 12th, 14th and 17th.
James Ruth (China Fleet) sneaked into fourth place alone on 68 after making and eagle at the par five 17th. Five players shared fifth on 69.
Broadstone’s Adrian Harris led Richard Crewe, Fraser Mills and Mike Davis to success in the team event with 93 points.
They beat Wilson’s trio of Dudsbury members John Mills, Danny Ross and Nigel Parker on countback.
Matt Dearden (Llantrisant and Pontyclun) led the Patrick's Restaurant team of Pat Michael, Andy Horn and Andy Bakey into third place on 92.
Dudsbury owners David and Beate Braban, club captain Jeff Bowden and Ringwood Brewery regional sales manager Simon Marches made the presentations.