Oates pulls off fine win

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AN outstanding round in very difficult conditions saw John Oates emerge victorious from the last Sheffield PGA event held at Hallowes GC.

The field had to contend with high winds and testing fairways and John, utilising knowledge of his home course, handled the conditions best to return a superb three under par round of 68.

He was the only player to break par and gave him a four shot victory over Jason Ripley of Rother Valley GC, who had a 72.

In third place was Aaron Hodkin (Wheatley GC) with a 73 and then came Joe Froggatt (Beauchief) and James French (Owston Hall) both with 74s.

With just three events remaining, the Sheffield PGA Order of Merit is still headed by James French from Owston Hall.

Lying in second place is Richard Gregory from Abbeydale GC.

The Assistants Order of Merit is headed up by Aaron Hodkin of Wheatley GC.

Richard Wragg of Hallowes won the PGA North Region event at Denton with a 65.