Tuesday 12th July saw Helsby host the annual PGA Sue Wright Trophy contested by assistant PGA Professionals. The competition is medal played over 18 holes and carries a combined prize fund of £1,150.
Niall Murphy of Oulton Hall Golf Academy took the title last Year with a 68, one better than Isaac Simpson of Hallowes Golf Club who finished strongly after carding a 3 under 31 on the back nine.
Competitors arrived on the 1st tee to be greeted by overcast conditions and a course playing a little longer than usual. Issac Simpson was aiming to go one better in 2016 and was last years highest finisher due to the absence of defending champion Murphy. Sadly for Simpson this was not his Year after a disappointing +7 finish ending with double at 17 and single at 18. Oliver Smith of Ashton on Mersey would claim the early clubhouse lead posting a level par 70. After opening with bogey, Smith completed the back nine in 33 shots 1 under par that included a 3 birdie run at 9,10 and 11 and another at 15. Adam Best followed shortly after pulling level with Smith on even par after a birdie at 17 before a bogey 4 at 18 saw him finish +1. Jason Shufflebotham of Denbigh Golf Club and Matt Fryer of Davenport both suffered steadily frustrating days with nothing going in other than Shufflebothams one birdie on 7, both would go on to finish 4 shots off the pace. Joining the ever growing list of +1s was Tom Metcalfe of Gathurst who will be cursing his poor start which saw him standing on the 5th tee 5 over. Metcalfe gathered himself and went on to shoot a remarkable 4 under for the remaining 14 holes despite a disappointing double at 10. Jason Dransfield of Heswall was another who finished +1 and another who disappointingly bogeyed 18. Perhaps even more disappointingly for Dransfield there was no ball pool so his two 2’s count for little more than a happy memory.
It looked like a large playoff as player after player returned level par rounds throughout the day until Mark Pilkington of Pwlheli rose to the occasion to blow the field away. After a solid front nine 35 Pilkington eagled the Par 4 12th to move to -3 before his single dropped shot at 17. A solid par at 18 saw Pilkington sign for a mighty impressive 68, the only sub par round of the day and with it the Sue Wright Trophy 2016.
Full results can be viewed Here