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Howard’s way pays off in Portugal

By David Birtill

PAUL Howard, who enjoyed a decorated career as an amateur player in both England and Australia before turning professional last year, showed a clean pair of heels to the rest of the field in the PGA North IDS Overseas Pro-Am played over four courses on the Portuguese Algarve.

The Southport & Ainsdale attached player led at the end of each day and posted a final total of 10-under-par, five strokes clear of second place Richard O’Hanlon, from Cornish club St Kew, who was one ahead of Mossock Hall’s David Shacklady who closed with a 66.

The event was played over Laranjal, Monte Rei, Oceanico Old and Quinta do Lago South courses.

Meanwhile, and still in Portugal, Welshman Oliver Farr won the PGA North GW Insurance Overseas Pro-Am after a closing 75 in testing conditions to finish on eight-under-par over four rounds.

The 27-year-old Hereford-based player, who gained his Challenge Tour card thanks to topping the 2013 PGA EuroPro Tour Order of Merit then went on to claim the Turkish Airlines Challenge in May 2014, was a shot ahead Gary Wolstenholme. The Carus Green attached professional signed off with a 72 to deny former Ryder Cup man Phillip Price by two.