Webber’s birdie blitz puts him in charge

JAMES Webber erased bad memories of Little Aston with a birdie laden 68 to lead the Galvin Green PGA Assistants’ Championship on day one.

The Three Rivers Golf & Country Club assistant suffered a first round exit as an amateur in the British Boys Championship but on his return to the Harry Vardon-designed course peppered the pin to reel off six birdies.

Webber’s four under par tally leaves him one clear of Ireland’s Ciaran Malloy (Blackwood Golf Centre), Northumberland’s Mathew Webb (Bedlingtonshire) and 2014 champion Gareth Davies (Abbeydale) who birdied the last for a 69.

While Webber enjoyed the more benign early conditions, an even better score slipped through his fingers after he dropped a shot on 13 and three putted the par five 15th.

Nevertheless, Webber was more than happy with his opening round in the 54-hole event which carries a £5,000 first prize and entry to the end of season PGA Play-Offs at Saunton in October plus a clothing deal with sponsors Galvin Green.

“I three putted the par five unfortunately but apart from that I played really well and hit it really close which is always nice. I was within three feet for five of the six birdies I made which is a huge bonus,” said Webber.

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