Golf: Davies lands first title only month after turning pro
Will Davies turned professional only a month ago but has already claimed his first County championship trophy.
The Melton Mowbray golfer became the County PGA assistants champion after winning over 36 holes at Rothley Park, when his two 74 cards for 148 saw him one stroke clear of his rivals.
Davies, 25, said: "I just did not know what to expect when I entered the tournament, but I wanted to meet my fellow assistants and see how I got on.
"I joined Melton club pro Neil Curtis earlier this year, but I am only just starting my three-year PGA training after turning pro about a month ago.
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"So I am absolutely thrilled, but surprised, to have won my first County PGA event.
"It was quite a testing day at Rothley, which is only the second county course I have played, other than my home club.
"I did have a practice round at Rothley in preparation for the championship. It was pretty windy on the tournament day, the greens were fast and tricky and, like all courses this summer, the rough was tough.
"I went out in one-under in my opening round, but I think the real turning point was my birdie-two on the par-three 12th hole in round two – it helped me to keep it all going at an important stage on the final nine holes."
Before joining the paid ranks, Davies was an amateur playing off plus-one at Notts GC, Hollinwell.
Defending champion Matt Stephens (Kirby Muxloe) was runner-up after 79-70-149, with Matt Whelband (Park Hill) third on 76-74-150.
Mark Pegg (Hinckley), with 74, and Dan Bailey (Lutterworth), 75, won the round one and two awards respectively for assistants outside the top three overall.