Old pals triumph after late rally

FORMER European Tour roommates Iain Pyman and Oliver Whiteley joined forces to stage a late rally and win the Golfbreaks.com PGA Fourball Championship North qualifier at Woodsome Hall.

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Iain Pyman and Oliver Whiteley at Woodsome Hall

The pair had to call on all of their experience at the Huddersfield venue but a storming finish saw them record an eight-under-par 62 to pip Graham Cox (Davenport) and David Green (Dukinfield) and Scott McGovern (Normanton) and Gareth Johnson (Garforth).

They will join eight other qualifiers at the £35,000 Skycaddie & BMW supported grand final at Carden Park on August 12-14.

Pyman, a former amateur champion representing Rotherham’s Waterfront Golf Ltd, partnered Whiteley, of Bramall Park, as the duo know each other well from their Tour days.

But the Leeds player admitted they got off to a slow start in a round that gathered momentum.

“We’d had a difficult front nine and said to each other that we needed to start getting some birdies,” said Pyman, 42.

“But we had to put all our combined experience together to get there.

“In the last four holes, we made three birdies and an eagle to pull it round. It could’ve been close as the final qualifier made three-under-par.”

The pair are now assistants after undertaking PGA training.

Whiteley has a young family while Pyman decided to focus on teaching at Waterfront where new players are encouraged to take up the game.

“We’ve both decided to go down the PGA route for different reasons,” said Pyman.

“We’re good mates and enjoy this format which helps when you need to dig in and get the job done.

“I hadn’t played this course before but Olly had. His short game was excellent but I drove well.

“Because we’ve been on the Tour I’d never played in this event before, but now we’re going to Carden Park which I’m really looking forward to as I haven’t played it.

“A lot my time is spent at Waterfront which is getting a great reaction locally. It’s a chance to come and play a nine-hole course rather than 18 and use our different facilities.”

QUALIFIERS: 62 Iain Pyman/Oliver Whiteley  (Waterfront Golf/Bramall Park); 63  Graham Cox/David Green  (Davenport/ Dukinfield)  Scott McGovern/Gareth Johnson ( Normanton /Garforth); 64 Adam Durie/John Eyre (Woodsome Hall Golf); 65  David Smith/Mark Hancock (Swinton Park /Cheadle ), Mark Ridley/David Clark (South Moor /Morpeth);  66 Benjamin Stanier/Timothy Maxwell  (Wilmslow/Knutsford), James Freeman/Craig Fricker  (Owston Hall/Styrrup Hall), Aran Wainwright/Matthew Daley (Mid Yorkshire /Hainsworth Park), Jonathan Graham/Craig Goodfellow  (Silloth on Solway /Penrith Golf Centre); 67 Mathew Webb/Adam Hodkinson (Bedlingtonshire /Chorlton).

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