North professionals hoping for a break . . .

THE 2013 PGA Cup vice-captain will be among a number of professionals from PGA North teeing up for honours in the PGA Fourball Championship final.

GLORY SEEKERS: Mark Sheppard and Jon Bevan

GLORY SEEKERS: Mark Sheppard and Jon Bevan

Jon Bevan, from Rhos on Sea, will team up with Darland Golf’s Mark Sheppard for the £33,250 BMW showpiece which runs for three days at St Mellion starting tomorrow.

A former European Tour player, Bevan and his partner Sheppard will be among the early favourites for a shot at the title over the prestigious Jack Nicklaus Signature Course.

The duo, who finished tied third in last year’s tournament, cruised through the qualifier with a six-under-par round of 64.

But they will face fierce competition from within PGA North alone if they are to take the crown. David Corsby (Fleetwood) and Martin Edge (Hesketh), and Mark Harling (Accrington & District) and Anthony Cuppello (Pike Fold) both managed to match their score in a tight and tense qualifier.

The event, which was first staged in 1984, will visit the Cornwall resort for the first time, after being held at Forest Pines in Lincolnshire for the last five years in a row.

St Mellion has a rich history of hosting prestige tournaments – Bernhard Langer, Jose Maria Olazabal and Paul Casey have all won tournaments there, as did the late Seve Ballesteros in 1994 when he was triumphant in the Benson and Hedges International.

More recently, the English Seniors Open was contested at the venue in 2006 and 2007.

Other pairings from the north include Grant Hamerton (Pike Fold) and Jonathan Cheetham (, Ian Ridgeway (Hartford) and Andrew McKenzie (Premier Golf Management), Craig Goodfellow (Penrith) and Jonathan Graham (Silloth on Solway) and Mark Bradley (Chorley) and Paul Walker (Knott End).


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