Guy Woodman, Longball’s man in the UK, has won the PGA Farnham Finale and the last of three places in his region’s Order of Merit, earning himself a ticket to the PGA Play Offs in Antalya, Turkey at the end of November.
A delighted Woodman said, “It was tremendously exciting and although I was very nervous in the last round, I stuck to my game plan and it all came good when I birdied the last hole. All my efforts to build the Longball brand have been paying off, with lots of orders from PGA Professionals who have been highly impressed with Longball’s quality, designs and mid-range pricing.”
Besides visiting many pro shops around the UK to build the Longball brand profile and generate orders and enquiries, Woodman has not only competed in many regional Pro-Ams but also played all the Virgin Atlantic PGA South Order of Merit events throughout 2015, in which the top three players qualify to go forward to the PGA Play Offs in Turkey in November.
The net result of all Guy’s hard work on the golf courses was to arrive at the final event, the PGA Farnham Finale at Farnham GC in fourth place in the Order of Merit points listing, and just a handful of points away from third placed Chris Gane (LeftHandedGolf@Silveremere). With a top performance at Farnham, there was a real prospect that Woodman could snatch that valuable third place.
After two rounds, Woodman was sharing the lead with Order of Merit leader James Ablett (Lee-on-the-Solent), who’d beaten Woodman in the final of the region’s Order of Merit match play event only three days before. In the first round, Woodman shot a five-under-par 67, but Ablett fired off a stunning eight-under-par 64. In the second round, Ablett shot a solid 68 to be on 12-under, but Woodman delivered a terrific 65 to share the lead.
In the third and last round, the two players arrived at the final hole and were still on level pegging and in the lead overall, but Woodman made the winning birdie to finish with a 69 for a total of -15, and the 100 points for his victory saw him comfortably in third place and off to the PGA Play Offs.
Woodman summarised things as follows: “I was told I needed to get lots of publicity for Longball, and to be fair we have in the usual sense, but it’s great that my golf can still speak for itself when it comes to helping raise Longball’s profile!”