Assistant Alex repeats 2000 success

GOLF: Alex Lucas won the Dell Bower Suffolk PGA Assistants title for the second time in three years by three shots at Hintlesham.The 29-year-old Fynn Valley assistant trailed by two shots at the halfway stage to four other players, but a six-under par 66 in the afternoon was good enough to win this championship and repeat his success of 2000.

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ALEX Lucas won the Dell Bower Suffolk PGA Assistants title for the second time in three years by three shots at Hintlesham.

The 29-year-old Fynn Valley assistant trailed by two shots at the halfway stage to four other players, but a six-under par 66 in the afternoon was good enough to win this championship and repeat his success of 2000.

Wilby, also from Fynn Valley, had to be content with the runners-up spot with Stowmarket's Jon Markham, who qualified for the final stages of The Open Championship, in third place.

Lucas was five under par at the turn in his second round that included an eagle three at the par five 484 yards ninth hole.

Although he dropped shots at the 13th and 14th holes, he birdied the 15th and made another eagle at the final hole.

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Lucas said: "I was ten under par for the last 25 holes I played. In the afternoon I hit all 18 greens in regulation and took 32 putts."

Wilby had two steady rounds of one under par 71, but it was not enough against Lucas' fine afternoon round.

Markham, who was also round in 71 in his first round, had his chances but when he three-putted the 16th they disappeared.

Shane Warren, now attached to the new driving range at Bramford, also had a 71 in the morning, but his hopes of finishing as runner-up were destroyed when he took nine on the par 17th in his second round.

The holder of this championship James Keely (Woodbridge) is out for the rest of the season following surgery on his arm, while former winner Tim Johnson (Cretingham) was never in contention after an opening round of 77.

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