FORMER European Tour player David Dixon’s broke the course record with a seven under par 63 to triumph in the Cirencester Golf Club Pro-Am by two shots and maintain his dominance on the West Region PGA circuit.
It was his fifth win in the last seven regional events he has entered, and he was runner-up and third in the others.
Dixon has taken his winnings to £7,636 from 13 rounds, all completed in fewer than 70 shots. The best were 10-under 61 at Minchinhampton, nine-under 62 over Saunton’s West course and eight-under 64 at Ross-on-Wye. His seven-under 63 at Cirencester maintained the sequence of low rounds.
Dixon started with three birdies, added two more at the sixth and ninth after shedding a shot at the relatively easy fifth. Another birdie at the 12th and an eagle at the 17th completed his latest fine day.
But he was pressed by another consistent former Tour player Sion Bebb (Morlais Castle) and Michael Watson (Wessex Golf Centre).
Bebb made six birdies and his sole bogey at the last cost him outright second. Watson also made six birdies and dropped his only shot at the 10th. Tom Motley (South Cerney) produced the day’s most adventurous round making nine birdies and six bogeys.
He shared fifth with Paul Jones (Canford Magna) while Lee Thompson (Dudsbury) claimed fourth on 66.
Host pro Ed Goodwin had one of his rare off-days, shooting a two-over par 72
Dixon also proved popular with his amateur playing partners as he completed a hat-trick of team wins, this time with Phillip, Alex and Duncan Newport-Black. They beat Motley’s crew of Phillip Franklin, Brian Hobbs and Ben Marsh on countback after both had scored 125.
They were followed one shot behind by Stuart Little (Minchinhampton), Dan Edgeworth, David Brown and Mike Edgeworth.
Cirencester Golf Club head pro Ed Goodwin fared better in the Pro-Am at Cotswold Hills, the course where he played all his early amateur and professional golf.
He posted a 68, making six birdies and dropping just two shots to finish joint third behind Michael Watson (Wessex Golf Centre) who shared first prize with James Ruth (China Fleet) thanks to their five-under par 67s.
In-form Ross Langdon (South Cerney) shot 69 for a share of sixth place.