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Bittersweet as Houston bags title

GARRY Houston deliverd a blistering round of golf in some late summer sunshine to claim the PGA in Cheshire & North Wales Open title at Northop Golf & Country club.
Houston, a last minute entrant, produced some fine golf to post five-under-par, pipping PGA cup team mate Phil Archer and Royal Liverpool professional Michael Jones by two strokes.
Amidst the jubilation of victory there was also a bittersweet feel to the victory for local boy Houston.
“Growing up a stones throw from the course I have played this course many times and always feel comfortable here, the thing missing from my victory today is family. It’s the first time my mum and dad haven’t walked around watching me since they have both recently passed.”
The golf produced by Houston surely would have seen a smile produced by his parents as he left the field in his wake over the short but tricky test of the Flintshire-based course.
With only one blemish on his card on the fifth,  Houston stormed to the top of the leaderboard with six birdies and never relinquished his hold on the trophy for the remainder of the day.
“The course was playing really well and all credit must go to the club and greenkeepers for that during this tricky time,” Houston added.
Matthew Pritchard, Northop’s PGA professional, added: “Over the last few years of hosting the Cheshire & North Wales Open it has been fantastic to see the event attract more and more local players. This year has been a tricky one for everyone but we look forward to hosting in 2021 and welcoming the PGA back once again.”
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