Yorkshire golf: Crosland Heath's Robert Booth wins PGA North Region title

CROSLAND Heath's Robert Booth was quick to offer thanks to head professional Richard Lambert after winning the PGA North Region championship at Carus Green.

Crosland Heath's Robert Booth after his win in the PGA North Region Championship at Carus Green.

It is Booth's first major title and he commented: "I was attached to (Crosland Heath) for two years when Richard was my full-time coach and promoting me to head assistant last season has provided a big boost to my career.

“I aim to win as many events as possible and hope to get to get into the PGA play-offs and a spot at Wentworth next year.

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"I’ve also been playing well in Yorkshire and EuroPro events and they all add up.”

Halifax-born Booth, 31, who drove to Leeds at the end of the first round to visit his mother, Hazel, in hospital, added a 65 to his opening 67 for an eight-under-par total to win by a shot from Carlisle’s James Wilkinson.“I hit the ball in the water twice on the first day, but managed to stay in contention,” he added.

On a tightly-packed leaderboard Booth, who collected £2,300 for the win, pulled away from his rivals with two birdies on the last three holes to add to the four he had already banked.

He then made a crucial par at the last where he admitted he was a “bit nervous” on the tee.

The only blemish on his card was a bogey at the eighth, while Wilkinson matched his second-round score without dropping a shot.

St Helens-based Barry Taylor finished third, two off the pace, as Pwllheli’s Mark Pilkington and fellow Welshman Garry Houston, attached to Carden Park, tied fourth.