West Region: Launceston laurels for Thompson

DUDSBURY’S Lee Thompson won his first West Region pro-am of the summer at Launceston with a three-under-par 67 to deny Exeter’s Chris Gill and Wessex Golf Centre’s Michael Watson.

Thompson, who lost to Welshman Matt Dearden in a play-off in the Bournemouth Fourball Festival, made six birdies and three bogeys, including dropped shots at the 15th and 17th. He rectified his errors with a four at the par five final hole to give himself a comfortable cushion.

PGA Cup player Gill has been strangely below form this summer. After signing for one-under-par 68 that featured three birdies in the final five holes, he said: “That was my first round in the 60s this year. I just hope everything starts to click into place again.”

Watson has been slow starting this year but followed his win at North Wilts alongside club colleague Jon Bevan by sharing second after making the day’s only eagle three at the last.

Bevan birdied the last to share fourth with Richard O’Hanlon (Lanhydrock) who could only make five at the last hole that is regarded as the easiest on the course.

Thompson made it a double by leading home the winning team on 11-under-par 129, much to the delight of team member David Downing, the club captain. Teams led by Gill and home professional John Tozer were three shots behind.

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