Hodkinson overcomes triple bogey to take title

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ADAM Hodkinson won the PGA North Assistants’ Championship of Cheshire at High Legh Park and could even afford a triple bogey at the eighth.

“It was a real disaster hole,” said the 26-year-old former England boy international and Yorkshire county player who posted a three-under-par 68.

“I hit an eight iron from 165 yards which flew the green never to be seen again. I then used a club less and that effort went over the back as well, but at least the ball was in play.”

Hodkinson, who has just completed his second year as PGA trainee at Chorlton-cum-Hardy, reeled off half-a-dozen birdies, three on each loop, to finish two shots ahead of the field.

Originally attached to Hallowes, he chalked up a victory on the Alps Tour but then gave up the game for three years after breaking his wrist.

“I worked as a builder for a time, but my dad encouraged me to join the PGA and I moved to Chorlton where I was given the opportunity to coach,” he explained.

Leading scores – 68: Adam Hodkinson (Chorlton-cum-Hardy); 70: Danny Wardrop (Stockport), Benjamin Thompson (Hazel Grove); 72: Benjamin Stanier (Wilmslow), James Freeman (Owston Hall), Jamie Zazzi (Cookridge Hall), George Pennells (Cookridge Hall), Jonathan Levey (Matfen Hall).