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Canterbury Golf Club's Richard Wallis wins the PGA Sandwich Links Championship Pro-Am

Defending champion Richard Wallis was the only player under par as he blitzed the field to win the PGA Sandwich Links Championship Pro-Am.

The Canterbury teaching pro claimed the title for the third time in four years during a wind-swept 36 holes last week, to clinch the £1,000 top prize.

Canterbury Golf Club's Richard Wallis (42747228)
Canterbury Golf Club's Richard Wallis (42747228)

Prior to the event, Wallis struggled on a saturated Trentham GC course in Staffordshire to finish 17 shots behind winner Matt Ford (Tudor Park) in the club professionals’ blue riband event, the PGA Professional Championship.

But he got some of his own back this week finishing six points clear of fourth placed Ford and said: "I didn’t even play particularly well but the weather played its part in that.

"It was very windy, probably 30 mph winds (on the Tuesday) and rain for 17 of 18 holes (on Wednesday).

"It was nice because I won this last year as well and now three times in the last four years and the team had an enjoyable two days playing two of the best links courses in the country and the two best in the south-east."

Wallis added a three birdie, one under par 71 for 37 stableford points at Prince’s to his four birdie, three under par 67 for 39 points at Royal St George’s on Tuesday to win overall by four points from Chris Gane (Silvermere) with Prince’s Jordan Loft another point back in third place.

And his pro-am team of Canterbury members Richard Beer and Bill Pearson, along with Swedish amateur Johan Dahlgren, scored a two round total of 150 points to finish tied for eighth place out of 23 teams.

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