Golf - Brown still in the running for Turkey play-offs

Stuart Brown in action.

Stuart Brown in action.

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Top city golfer Stuart Brown remains in the hunt for a place in the season-ending PGA play-offs in Turkey.

Although unable to match his win in the second East PGA Order of Merit tournament a fortnight ago, Brown claimed fifth spot and a very useful 160 points in the third of the seven qualifying tournaments at Buntingford yesterday (July 1).

Rounds of 69 and 72 saw him finish seven shots off the lead in the Weston Homes PLC/East Herts Classic, which was won by Patrick Spraggs from Woodbridge Golf Club with two 67s.

Darren Charlton (Dunstable Downs) has taken over from Brown at the top of the East Region Order of Merit after finishing tied-third alongside David Salisbury (Three Rivers).

But Thorpe Wood professional Brown is a close second and there are four more remaining order of merit tournaments to go. The top three will qualify for the big tournament in Turkey which offers a first prize of £15,000 and a place in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth next year for the top 10.

WESTON HOMES PLC EAST HERTS CLASSIC (PGA in England East, order of merit) leading scores: 134: P Spraggs (Woodbridge) 67 67. 135: J Webber (Three Rivers) 67 68. 137: D Salisbury (Three Rivers) 71 66; D Charlton (Dunstable Downs) 68 69. 141: C Baron (West Essex) 72 69; S Whiffin (Hertfordshire G &CC) 70 71; S Brown (Thorpe Wood) 69 72; B Taylor (Brett Taylor Golf) 69 72; A George (Ely City) 68 73; G Howard (Brampton Park) 68 73; P Hetherington (Great Hadham) 68 73. 142: P Abbott (John O’Gaunt) 71 71; R Smith (Oxhey Park Golf Centre) 69 73; L Eggleston (LE Custom Fitting Studio) 68 74. 143: I Ellis (Great Yarmouth & Caister) 73 70; M Talbott (Thorpe Hall) 70 73; Neil Mitchell (Bury Golf Range) 70 73; J Scade (Ingrebourne Links) 69 74. 144: R Anderson (Finchley) 70 74; N Quinn (Whipsnade Park) 68 76. 145: M Deal (Hendon) 75 70; C Smith (Fynn Valley) 71 74; T Clements (Eaton) 71 74; J Johnson (Bishop’s Stortford) 71 74; D Griffiths (Oxhey Park Golf Centre) 70 75; J Jankowski 69 76. 146: T Phillips (Hadley Wood) 76 70; B Talbot (Brocket Hall) 74 72; M Stokes (Rayleigh Golf Range) 70 76. 147: D Rickwood (Bishop’s Stortford) 75 72; J Mynott (St Ives) 75 72; M Baker (Colchester) 74 73; C Cutchie (Colchester) 74 73; J Sharkey (Links, Newmarket) 72 75; D Field (East Herts) 72 75; C Luther (Hertfordshire G&CC) 72 75; J Ruebothem (Welwyn Garden City) 71 76; M Litton (Bedford 71 76); G Portelli (Verulam) 70 77; T Obergan (Berkhamsted) 70 77.