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Hale dodges storms to progress to final

James Hale of the Maxstoke Park club dodged the storms in the latest qualifying event for the Powerade PGA Assistants’ Championship in association with FootJoy at Henley Golf & Country Club to make it through to the final.

James Hale of the Maxstoke Park club dodged the storms in the latest qualifying event for the Powerade PGA Assistants’ Championship in association with FootJoy at Henley Golf & Country Club to make it through to the final.

Play had to be suspended for nearly three hours during the afternoon when thunder and lightning hit the course.

It meant that those players who finished their rounds before the hold-up topped the leaderboard as Hale and Scots-born Stuart Boyle of The Belfry tied for the overall lead after shooting three under par rounds of 70.

They will join 15 other qualifiers from the Midland Region at the £32,000 final to be held at the East Sussex National from August 10-12.

Boyle and Hale finished two shots ahead of Daniel Wood of Northamptonshire’s Brampton Heath Golf Centre.

Hale, a first year PGA assistant at the Coleshill club, admitted the draw had been kind to him - but said he was in the mood to do well.

He said: “I went down to Wentworth on the Wednesday and picked up some inspiration from that.

“Then my caddy said to me that I just need to make sure I aimed for par all the way round then take my chances when they come. I did that and was delighted with three under par.

“I’ve been playing well but my scores haven’t been reflecting that. This was better though and now I’ll make sure I get down to East Sussex for a practice round before the final.

“I had some bad weather during my round - a couple of downpours - but not the really torrential stuff. So I got away with it really.

“I came back in the afternoon to see everyone had stopped because of the lightning.”

Other local qualifiers include Adam Norman of Shirley Golf Club.

 

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