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Flawless Hamerton takes Manchester title

By David Birtill

GRANT Hamerton, the joint overnight leader, pulled away from the rest of the chasing pack to win the Manchester Open at Marriott Worsley Park.

The Pike Fold professional, who once gave up the game after losing his European Tour card before being encouraged to take a club position, was Mr Consistency over the two days.

He repeated his opening 68 with a flawless round featuring birdies at the eighth, ninth and final hole for a six-under-par total to prevail by three shots.

Among the four players to share second place was PGA Cup captain Jon Bevan, from Rhos of Sea, Renishaw Park’s Mike Ramsden and Chilli Dip Academy’s Craig Corrigan, who all returned 70 and 69, and Abergele’s Stuart Runcie who posted 68 and 71.

Meanwhile, Matthew Tottey, from North Wales, heads the Michael Slater Memorial Order of Merit with two ranking events remaining.