Northern Order Of Merit: Penwortham Rose Bowl

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BLOOMING MARVEL: Home champion Chris Parkinson (Penwortham)

Chris Parkinson surges ahead in overall standings after becoming first home-club winner at Penwortham for 36 years

NoM: Tuesday, April 26th

FORMAT: 36-hole stroke play

Chris Parkinson secured his first ever Northern Order of Merit victory on Sunday to open up a sizeable gap in the overall standings after just three events.

The Penwortham player won on his home course on countback from Isle of Man golfer Rob Noon (Douglas) to cap a brilliant start to the season for the 33-year-old. He finished third last week at Delamere Forest and second in the season opener at West Lancs and now is 27 points clear of Noon.

However it wasn’t looking good for Parkinson at one point. Having opened with a six-over-par 75, he then bogeyed his first hole in the afternoon but grabbed four birdies – and one more bogey – to close with a 67 and pip Douglas to the title. It was the first time in 36 years the Penwortham Rose Bowl has been won by a home player.

VERY CLOSE SECOND: Rob Noon hits into the 16th during his second round at Penwortham

For the champion, who’s main sport was cricket until five years ago, the improvement in his game has come on the back of a “proper winter of preparation”.

“I’ve been working hard with the pro at Penwortham Darren Hopwood,” said Parkinson, who is now down to +3.4. “He’s been great and it means a lot when you can see the results so quickly.”

Strong winds, that were coming from opposite their usual direction, contributed to a tough morning for most of the field.

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Certainly Parkinson was struggling to adapt and he racked up nine bogeys after a starting birdie-birdie. Noon, Steven Bryan (Bolton Old Links) and Cameron Aspinall (Darwen) jointly led at halfway on two over.

Starting at the tenth, the Penwortham course record holder – he shot 62 (-7) last August – took full advantage of the helpful wind at the short par four 11th (his second) to claim his first birdie after lunch. A good drive left him 40 yards in and he pitched to 15 feet before sinking the putt.

At the 14th (his fifth) he got under par for his round. A huge drive at the 520-yarder meant he had just a nine iron in and he found the short stuff so two putts was enough for the four.

A critical 12-footer for par at the 17th kept him in the red for the afternoon and it got better at the first (his 10th) as he almost drove the green, with the wind giving him a much-appreciated nudge. He was able to two-putt from the fringe but did give it straight back at the short par four second, which was also playing downwind.

However he would get to two under par for his round at the par five sixth (his 15th). His drive round the rough on the right but his second “came out perfectly” and he was left with 60 feet for eagle. He got down in two and parred the last, which proved just enough. 

Scores (Par 69)
1) Christopher Parkinson (Penwortham) 75, 67, 142 (+4) – 25 NoM points
2) Rob Noon (Douglas) 71, 71, 142 (+4) – 20pts
3) Simon Whitehead (Worsley) 71, 72, 143 (+5) – 16pts
4) Christopher Dix (Pleasington) 78, 66, 144 (+6) – 14pts
5) Steven Bryan (Bolton Old Links) 71, 73, 144 (+6) – 12pts
6) Jason Renton (West Lancs) 77, 68, 145 (+7) – 10pts
7) Sean Comiskey (Ashton-In- Makerfield) 74, 71, 145 (+7) – 8pts
8) Richard Bee (Rotherham) 74, 71, 145 (+7) – 6pts
9) John Jones (Worsley) 74, 71, 145 (+7) – 4pts
10) Dominic Belch (Bolton) 73, 72, 145 (+7) – 3pts
11) Cameron Aspinall (Darwen) 71, 74, 145 (+7) – 2pts
12) John Shuttleworth (Pleasington) 73, 73, 146 (+8) – 1pt
13) Jenson Finn (Southport & Ainsdale) 77, 71, 148 (+10)
14) Gordon Watson (Turton) 76, 72, 148 (+10)
15) Stephen Hargreaves (West Derby) 76, 72, 148 (+10)
16) David Jeanrenaud (Houghwood) 74, 75, 149 (+11)
17) Leigh Clayton (Fleetwood) 74, 75, 149 (+11)
18) Dean Martin (Reddish Vale) 78, 72, 150 (+12)
19) George Dears (Penwortham) 77, 73, 150 (+12)
20) Owen Leigh (Pleasington) 76, 74, 150 (+12)
21) Anthony Holden (Preston) 75, 75, 150 (+12)
22) Sam Crawford (Castletown) 74, 76, 150 (+12)
23) Tom Hollingworth (Macclesfield) 72, 78, 150 (+12)
24) Daniel Melling (Crompton & Royton) 81, 70, 151 (+13)
25) Hayden McIver (Fleetwood) 80, 71, 151 (+13)
26) Graham Booth (Formby Hall) 76, 75, 151 (+13)
27) Benjamin Pullen (Saddlworth) 75, 76, 151 (+13)
28) Andreas Kkais (NA) 75, 76, 151 (+13)
29) Benjamin Churchill (Fleetwood) 77, 75, 152 (+14)
30) Karl Yates (Darwen) 76, 76, 152 (+14)
31) Christopher Wilding (Penwortham) 75, 78, 153 (+15)
32) Barrie Lees (Dukinfield) 74, 79, 153 (+15)
33) Stephen Sourbuts (Preston) 81, 73, 154 (+16)
34) Lee Merson (Denton) 81, 73, 154 (+16)
35) David Parry (Bull Bay) 75, 79, 154 (+16)
36) Stuart Barber (Wollaton Park) 80, 75, 155 (+17)
37) Jordan Pinder (Fleetwood) 79, 76, 155 (+17)
38) Neil Hargreaves (Penwortham) 79, 76, 155 (+17)
39) Harrison Thomas-Cooper (St Annes Old Links) 78, 80, 155 (+17)
40) Lawrence Smith (Chorlton-cum-Hardy) 76, 80, 156 (+18)
41) Aaron Lohan (Bolton) 80, 78, 158 (+20)
42) Freddie Dancox (Ramsey) 79, 79, 158 (+20)
43) Anthony Harwood (Blackburn) 78, 80, 158 (+20)
44) Josh Brand (Lymm) 82, 77, 159 (+21)
45) Charlie Bradley (Styal) 79, 80, 159 (+21)
46) Robert Armstrong (Penrith) 81, 79, 160 (+22)
47) Jack Clare (Fleetwood) 79, 81, 160 (+22)
48) Adrian Collins (Penwortham) 78, 82, 160 (+22)
49) Andrew Kirkby (Penwortham) 82, 79, 161 (+23)
50) Paul Anderton (Fleetwood) 85, 79, 164 (+26)
51) Matthew Clarkson 77, 87, 164 (+26)
52) Ben Trengove (Wigan) 81, 84, 165 (+26)
53) Christopher Kay (Darwen) 80, 85, 165 (+27)
54) Mark Saunders (Penwortham) 86, 80, 166 (+28)
55) Jack McEneny (Wychwood Park) 78, 88, 166 (+28)
56) Stuart Dix (Pleasington 87, 82, 169 (+31)
57) Macauley Murgatroyd (Longridge) 90 — 90
Michael Gibbins (Bolton) NR, –,—
David Ianson (Penwortham) 78, NR —
Lee Williams (Fairhaven) NR, 80, —
Phillip Thomas (Penwortham) 83, NR —
Simon Older 76, NR, —
Gary Melling (Crompton & Royton) 73, NR, —
Todd Byrom 89, NR, —
Jack Bryan (Bolton Old LInks) 72, NR, —
Oliver Royle (Darwen) 82, NR, —
James Wilson (Darwen) 83, NR, —
Daniel Lynch (Styal) 84, NR, —
Seaton (Stockport) 81, NR, —
Declan Buksh (Marsden) 72, NR, —
Adam Kitchen (Bondhay) 81, NR, —
Northern Order of Merit Standings (after three events)
1) Christopher Parkinson (Penwortham) 61
2) Rob Noon (Douglas) 34
3= Jack Brooks (The Mere) 25 
3= Oliver Claireaux (Delamere Forest) 25 
5) James Ashfield (Delamere Forest) 20
6= Joseph Murray (Blundells Hill) 16
6= Simon Whitehead (Worsley) 16
8= Josh Sims (Caldy) 14
8= Christopher Dix (Pleasington) 14
10= Christian Johnson (Leasowe) 12
10= Oscar Doran (Delamere Forest) 12
12= Jason Renton (West Lancs) 10
12= James Tottey (West Lancashire) 10
12= Paul McFerran (Pleasington) 10
15= Sean Comiskey (Ashton-In- Makerfield) 8
15= George Holland (Southport & Ainsdale) 8
15= Calum Metcalfe (Pleasington) 8
18= Richard Bee (Rotherham) 6
18= Steven Capper (Royal Liverpool) 6
18= Ellis Willott (Davyhulme Park) 6
21= John Jones (Worsley) 4
21= Thomas Winn (Morecambe) 4
21= Matthew Gresty (Childwall) 4
24= Gary Blades (Clitheroe) 3
24= William McGhie (Lancaster) 3
24= Dominic Belch (Bolton) 3
27= Cameron Aspinall (Darwen) 2
27= Richard Galley (Delamere Forest) 2
27= Henry Gibbs (Formby Hall) 2
30= Adam McLean (Formby Hall) 1
30= Charles Hayton (Delamere Forest) 1
30= John Shuttleworth (Pleasington) 1