Manston’s Brackley crowned champ
Max Brackley ensured he would be the Titleist &FootJoy PGA South Winter Series champion with an impressive birdie blitz in the final round of the season that saw him finish top of the standings.
Despite only being able to finish second in the last event on the calendar, that runner-up finish was enough to solidify his spot at the top.
Brackley was pipped to the post in the Winter Series closing competition by West Sussex’s Darren Mustchin, who claimed his first professional title with victory in the Titleist &FootJoy Assistants & Trainees Better-Ball Pro-Am at Farnham Golf Club, shooting a seven-under-par final round to win by a stroke.
Brackley, meanwhile, carded ten birdies in his final round and that was enough to see him take the top prize for the 2014/15 Winter Series.
Speaking afterwards, he said: “I played nicely, hit it close a lot and holed a few putts. Farnham’s greens were in great condition, firm and rolling beautifully so I was able to have a go at a few of the putts.
“I’m very happy with this result and I’ll be taking aim at the Virgin Atlantic PGA South Order of Merit events throughout 2015, with an eye on European Tour Q-School at the end of the year.”
Mustchin, meanwhile, was delighted to get his first win under his belt, securing a a winner’s cheque for £400 and the last contract in 2015 for the leading assistant’s prize of a Titleist &FootJoy ball, glove and shoe deal.
He said: “It’s fantastic to earn my first PGA South Region win and to pick up the leading assistant’s contract with Titleist and FootJoy as well.
“Farnham’s greens were really good this early in the season and my long putting was very solid. I missed just one hole in regulation for my lowest card this year but, as Max was obviously on fire, the two eagles I carded were crucial.”
PGA regional secretary, Sam Smith, couldn’t have been happier with the Winter Series. He said: “Thanks to the support from Titleist and FootJoy, our Winter Series has been a huge success. Our members have been able to play at some of the region’s finest courses, and while the winter’s been kind weather-wise, they’ve certainly made the most of the opportunities.”