By David Birtill
Southport & Ainsdale’s Paul Howard, who enjoyed a decorated career as an amateur player in both England and Australia before turning professional last year, showed a clean pair of heels to the rest of the field in the PGA North IDS Overseas Pro-am played over four courses on the Portuguese Algarve.
The Southport & Ainsdale attached player (pictured) led at the end of each day and posted a final total of 10-under-par, five strokes clear of second place Richard O’Hanlon, from Cornish club St Kew, who was one ahead of Mossock Hall’s David Shacklady who closed with a 66.
The event was played over Laranjal, Monte Rei, Oceanico Old and Quinta do Lago South courses.
Meanwhile, the action stays in Portugal next week with the GW Insurance Overseas Pro-am which is also run by Bolton-based PGA North.
279 – Paul Howard (S&A) 70 69 72 68; 284 -Richard O’Hanlon (St Kew) 72 77 69 66; 285 – David Shacklady (Mossock Hall) 76 7271 66; 297 – Garry Wolstenholme (Carus Green) 75 75 72 75, David Smith (Swinton Park) 71 79 69 78.
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