It’s Archer at the death in Denbigh

PHIL Archer won the inaugural GW Insurance PGA Cheshire and North Wales Masters at Denbigh after defeating Phil Kelly in a sudden-death play-off.

Phil Archer..The Birchwood-attached professional, back in the region after nine years on tour, parred the first extra hole as his rival missed a short putt.

But both players left it late to force extra time – Blackpool-born Kelly rolling in a birdie at the 17th for a two-under-par 67 and Archer (pictured) repeating the act on the last hole.

Meanwhile, Carden Park’s Garry Houston, a former Denbigh assistant, shared the honours on 69 with Penwortham’s Ryan O’Neill in the curtain-raising pro-am.

LEADING SCORES: 67 Phil Archer (Birchwood), Phil Kelly (unatt); Archer wins 1st extra hole; 68 Steve Parry (North West Golf Academy), David Corsby (Fleetwood), David Shacklady (Mossock Hall); 69 Tim Dykes (Penrith); 70 Michael Jones (Royal Liverpool), Jason Shufflebotham (Denbigh).

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