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Pro Porteous in maiden victory; SPORT SHORTS GOLF.

BRITISH Amateur champion Garrick Porteous has claimed his maiden professional title at the PGA EuroPro Tour's FSC Invitational at The Astbury, Shropshire. The 24-year-old from Northumberland carded rounds of 66, 68 and 66 to finish the tournament on ten under par.

Standing on the 18th, he coolly put a nine iron over the water to 12 feet and rolled in the putt. However, he still had an anxious wait while the field finished and confirmed a three man play-off.

In the play-off, Porteous made par at the spectacular 18th and, second time around, sealed his victory with a 15-foot birdie putt.

Porteous said: "It is great to get the first pro win. I made a slow start as a pro, missing a few cuts, but coming here and winning feels great and builds up the confidence.' Porteous was presented with the PS10,000 winner's cheque by KK Downing, founding member of British heavy metal band Judas Priest and designer of the stunning Shropshire venue.

Today, the former student of King Edward VI School in Morpeth is attempting to qualify for the French Open.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 16, 2014
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