exeter golfer chris gillThe region’s top golfers are at Woodbury Park over the next two days as the mid-Devon course stages the sixth and final PGA West Region order of merit tournament.

Exeter’s PGA Cup-bound ace Chris Gill tops the Race to Woodbury Park order of merit leaderboard after five events.

Gill (pictured) has amassed 1,067.5 points before teeing off today at 11.40 in a trio that includes fellow Devon professional Barry Austin and West Region PGA captain Michael Watson.

Before the prestigious two-day tournament at Woodbury Park, which is followed by a pro-am on Friday, Downes Crediton’s Austin is in second place in the order of merit on 852.54 points, closely followed by Wessex Golf Centre’s Watson, 832.

By tomorrow night the order of merit will be decided and the region’s top three players can look forward to competing in the end of season national PGA play-offs, which are being held in Turkey in November.

Between now and then the top 60 West region professionals will compete over 36 holes at Woodbury, round one today, round two tomorrow.

Tucked in behind the leading three are a trio including PGA Cup-bound Stuart Little of Minchinhampton, last summer’s order of merit winner Richard Dinsdale of Parc Golf Academy and Paul Hendriksen of Dinnaton.

Austin has twice topped the order of merit, in 1993 and 2002, while Little won in 1991 and completed a memorable hat-trick between 1997 and 1999. Gill, meanwhile, will be looking to repeat his 2009 order of merit topping success.

Whatever happens the next two days promise top competitive golf over the Oaks Championship course, teed off today by two top south west amateurs following special invitations.

Exeter teenager Harrison Greenberry – who won the Boys Amateur title at Burnham & Berrow last month – and Wiltshire amateur ace Ali James, winner of the Players Championship at Cumberwell Park where he is golf manager, teed off proceedings at 8.00 this morning.

2011-09-02 10:44:54

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