Brown is so close to picking up his first win of the year

John Deakin hit a hole-in-one at Milton.
John Deakin hit a hole-in-one at Milton.
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Top city golfer Stuart Brown was within two holes of capturing his first win of the year on the East PGA tour this week.

Playing in the Stanmore Pro-Am in Middlesex on Tuesday, Brown looked set for victory after 16 holes.

He was one under and two shots clear of closest rivals Chase Davis and James Jankowski.

But disaster struck at the par three 17th as Brown double-bogeyed and then he dropped a further shot at the final hole to finish with a two-over par 71.

That meant he finished third in a tournament he could, and should, have won.

Davis and Jankowski shared top spot with 70s and collected £395 each with Brown picking up £280.

Brown was also left disappointed at the weekend after the big £10,000 Weston Homes PLC/Bishops Stortford Classic - the first of this year’s Order of Merit events on the PGA in England (East) schedule.

He did really well in the first round, firing a level par 71 for third place on the leaderboard.

But a five over par 76 in the second round, which included a double bogey at the par four second, saw him slip back to a final finish of 16th.

In the first round he collected birdies at the third and fourth and dropped shots at the first and 14th.

The event was won by James Webber from the Three Rivers Golf & Country Club with 141 (70 and 71).

Webber also won the pro-am that followed with a round of 66. Brown was 11th with another level par 71.

THORNEY LAKES

Ben Templeman won Thorney Lakes’ Junior Mid-Term Cup competition for the fourth year running.

The six-handicapper fired a 74 for a net 68 to win by three shots from Thomas Holman (108-37=71).

HOLE-IN-ONE

John Deakin is the latest local golfer to achieve a hole-in-one. The 49 year-old Peterborough Milton member, who plays off five, hit his ace on the 154-yard par-three 16th at Milton.

WOMEN’S PGA

Thorpe Wood professional Suzanne Dickens had to settle for third place in this year’s Titleist & FootJoy Women’s PGA Professional Championship at Burnham & Berrow Golf Club.

The defending champion finished the event with an eight-over-par 156 despite two birdies at the end of her second round.

Dickens went into the championship after having played very little golf for the last two months because of a trapped nerve in her neck.

Tracy Loveys from Bigbury won it with 152 (72 and 80).

GREETHAM VALLEY

Greetham Valley ladies captain Cathy Steele had a personal goal this year and that was to win a medal, get into the silver division and in the process, get her handicap cut from 22 to18.

She got the first part of it done on Sunday in the June Medal when she had her best round of the year, finishing with a net 70 to take the win.