Spoils Shared In Bedford

BRETT TAYLOR and Peter Whiteford shared victory in the Final Stage of the Sky Sports Qualifying School for the 2005 PGA EuroPro Tour.

The duo both ended the event on 211 to finish at -5, with Taylor (pictured, right) taking first place after hitting 70 on the final day, one shot better than Whiteford.

They had to endure nervous moments late in the day, with East Berkshire amateur Lee Gauthier missing a birdie putt at the last which would have given him a share of the lead.

“I’m very pleased to have won this event,” admitted Crondon Park golfer Taylor. “To be honest, I didn’t think that five-under would be enough to win it.

“It has been pretty windy throughout and I just tried to avoid destruction, make sure I didn’t drop shots or make mistakes.

“Hopefully I can play a lot more this year, get right back into things and start winning!”

Taylor and Whiteford won £2,200 each for sharing the lead, while Gauthier finished the event on -4 alongside Kristian Day and Mick Searle.

Noel Fox, the winner of the Stage One Qualifying School at Wynyard, hit the best score of the final day with a 67, and he was joined by Alan Murray, Robert McGuirk and David James on -3.

Graham Gordon and Gary Donnisson were a further shot behind after finishing on 214.

The top 30 players earn Category Three status for the 2005 PGA EuroPro Tour, with those players finishing 31-130 securing Category Eight exemption.

The players who failed to make the cut on Thursday night will hold Category 12 status, and the players who played in Stage One alone secure a Category 13 card.

The PGA EuroPro Tour staff paid tribute to the staff at both Bedford and Pavenham for the excellent condition of their courses despite the adverse weather conditions during the event.

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