Crowder, Smith top Glenmuir qualifier

TWO players who have recovered from serious injuries shared tied first in the Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship North West regional qualifier at Delamere Forest.



Lee Park pro Chris  Crowder was badly hurt along with his wife in a car crash nine months ago as they drove home from Scotland after competing in the Lombard Trophy final at Gleneagles.

And David Smith, recently installed as Swinton Park professional, spent most of last two seasons suffering from a back injury.

They shot three-under-par 69s to join 14 other qualifiers at the £78,700 Peugeot-supported event at Blairgowrie in Scotland on August 5-8.

Crowder admitted he was now determined to do well in the final which sees him return north of the border.

“I looking forward to it now that I’ve come back and played well. I’ve made the final a few times and made the cut but this one’ll be special.”

Crowder finished in style by birdying the last two holes with two birdies at the 17th and 18th holes after a shaky start which saw the Merseyside Professional make two bogeys in the first four holes.

But he got into his stride from the seventh hole onwards.

“I’ve played the course lots of times before, so I knew my way around,” he added.


QUALIFIERS: 69  Chris Crowder (Lee Park), David Smith ( Swinton Park); 70 Jason O’Brien (Widnes), Chris Sands (Skycaddie UK), Steve Parry (NW Golf Academy/Hart Common); 71 Thomas Bolton (Gatley), Grant Hamerton  (Pike Fold), Alex White (Romiley), John Watson  (Styal),  Stephen McNally  (Sunderland Golf Centre); 72 Curtis Dean  (Hesketh),  Scott Howarth  (Davenport), Stuart Runcie (Abergele), Richard Gregory  (Abbeydale), Tim Rich  (Royal Lytham), Jack Roberts  (Aberdovey).



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