Ashley captures West Region Championship
PUBLISHED: 14:32 15 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:32 15 August 2017
Clevedon assistant professional Ashley Mansell has won the West Region Championship held at Burnham & Berrow.
Ashley Mansell has joined many illustrious West Country golfers after triumphing in the West Region Championship at Burnham and Berrow.
After taking a one-shot overnight lead in benign conditions, the Clevedon assistant was able to master the second day rain and blustery wind to extend his lead and follow the stars who have won the famous Lidgerwood Trophy since 1920.
The 26-year-old left Paul Hendriksen (Ivybridge), Sion Bebb (Morlais Castle) and Mark Searle (High Post) four shots behind. He battled the conditions to post a second round one-under-par 70 following an opening 67.
“I am ecstatic about my first Order of Merit win,” said Mansell. “This is the greatest moment of my professional career. It has been an outstanding season since I won the Gloucester and Somerset PGA Championship and Order of Merit in May.
”Conditions were tough especially on the outward nine into the wind. I didn’t make any severe mistakes, putted well and always felt in control.”
Mansell’s steady round contained birdies at the third and 13th and a solitary bogey on the last. Four pro-am wins, regular top five finishes and strong challenges in all four Order of Merit tournaments means he now holds a commanding lead at the top to make this a season to remember.
Katie Rule (Mullion) became the women’s champion by finishing six and seven shots ahead of the two previous winners, Lydia Hall (Hensol Golf Academy) and Tracy Loveys (Bigbury), with creditable rounds of 76 and 79.