Golf: Shave is cut above the rest after a blistering birdie run
A scintillating spell of scoring has seen Whetstone's Craig Shave bag two top trophies.
Thanks to a spree of 15 birdies, he won the County Alliance tournaments at Glen Gorse and Cosby.
Shave shot two-under-par 70 at Glen Gorse, including seven birdies, when he made a successful defence of the coveted Don Freeman trophy.
The award is presented annually to the leading county professional in memory of the late Don Freeman, who was County PGA and County Alliance secretary for many years.
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It is usually awarded at the Scraptoft pro-am, the club where Freeman was a member, but that tournament had to be called off this autumn because of the weather, so the trophy was at stake at Glen Gorse in a winter series pro-am.
Shave finished three strokes ahead of runner-up Kieran Thomas (Ullesthorpe Court) on 73, with a tie on 74 between Bryn Morris (Kibworth) and Matt Ulyett (Park Hill).
Host club pro Dominic Fitzpatrick led the winning team of Carl Henson, Steve Benton and John Hennigan with their 14-under 130 total.
Shave, with playing partners Darren Anderson, Mick Treacy and Richard Harris, were second on 131, with Thomas, John Carruthers, John Nixon and John Hitchman third on 134.
At Cosby, the club where he was a leading amateur member for many years, Shave defied tricky conditions to score six-under-par 65 and take the title.
He fired eight birdies to finish five shots ahead of runner-up Bob Larratt (Kibworth) on 70, with Lee Challinor (Lutterworth) third on 72.
Larratt and Glen Gorse amateur Julian Harris amassed 46 points to finish top overall in the better-ball Stableford.
Shave and Keith Akiens (Cosby) finished second on 43.
Matt Whelband (Park Hill) and Ray Porter took the pro-am section with 40 points, with Rothley Park's Andy Cripps and Lorne Smith the am-am award winners, also on 40.
The next County PGA winter series pro-am is on Monday, November 19, at Beedles Lake. Anyone wishing to play should contact Mark Hatton on 07920 113463.