GOLF: Cirencester duo heading for Turkey after earning place in Pro Captain Challenge Final

Cirencester PGA Professional Ed Goodwin (left) and club captain Mark Woodhead. Picture: Tom Dulat (Getty Images) (8867331)

Cirencester PGA Professional Ed Goodwin (left) and club captain Mark Woodhead. Picture: Tom Dulat (Getty Images) (8867331)

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CIRENCESTER Golf Club duo Mark Woodhead and Ed Goodwin staged a superb recovery to book their place in the Golfplan Insurance Pro Captain Challenge Final in Turkey.

Club captain Mark and PGA professional Ed carded a seven under par round of 62 to top the leaderboard.

They won by two shots ahead of Philip Bryden and Les Thorne (Alresford Golf Club) and Dusan Gavrilovic and Hans Menzel (Studley Wood Golf Club)

Woodhead and Goodwin will go to the £25,000 Grand Final, supported by Canopius, at the PGA Sultan course at Antalya Golf Club, Turkey, from November 26-27.

Their victory charge appeared to have stalled at the 15th hole when they made a double bogey.

That left them at four under par but they stayed calm and rallied to birdie the last three holes in the event held at Blackmoor Golf Club in Hampshire.

“Ed played superbly,” said Woodhead, 62, who plays off a handicap of eight.

“We ran into trouble at the 15th but then knuckled down and finished strongly.

“It really was a fantastic day.

“And it’s the first time we’ve ever entered this competition so that makes it doubly special.

“We talked about entering this event last spring, and now I’m glad we did.”

Woodhead is a retired property manager from Cirencester and is relishing the chance to play alongside Goodwin in Turkey.

“It sounds like a fabulous venue,” he said.

But Goodwin admitted he feared the worst after their double bogey.

“I thought we’d lost it,” he said. “But to come back like we did was great as we managed to get home comfortably by two shots.

“We’d been going pretty well before the 15th so it did give us a bit of a scare.

“This is the first time any of my captains has been able to make the date for the qualifying event, so I’ve waited about 10 years to play in it.

“We haven’t done badly considering it’s our first time.”

Golfplan Insurance Pro Captain Challenge East Regional qualifier at Blackmoor Golf Club (Friday, August 1):

1, Edward Goodwin & Mark Woodhead (Cirencester Golf Club) 62 (-7); 2 (jt), Philip Bryden & Les Thorne (Alresford Golf Club); 2 (jt)

Dusan Gavrilovic & Hans Menzel (Studley Wood Golf Club) 64 (-5).

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