Belt beaten in play-off

Alex Belt
Alex Belt

Escape artist Gareth Davies pulled another victory from the jaws of defeat when he beat overnight leader Alex Belt in the Yorkshire PGA Sandburn Masters after a five-hole play-off.

He trailed by four strokes half-way through the final round of the 36-hole event near York.

In the driving seat was Bridlington’s big-hitter Belt, the recently crowned PGA North champion, who had set a course record eight-under-par 64 on the first day.

But just when it looked like developing into a one-horse race he stumbled a couple of times on the home stretch allow Davies come up on the rails.

The pair were deadlocked on 10-under-par at the end of normal time, Davies having repeated his opening 67 and Belt closing with a 70 before letting down his guard with a bogey after the first four play-off holes were halved in par.

Davies, who won the Yorkshire PGA Championship at Willow Valley last season, admitted: “I just kept plugging away because it’s never easy for anyone when they’re leading.”

Meanwhile Belt, who plies his trade mostly on the EuroPro Tour, makes no secret of the fact that his target is to finish in the PGA North Order of Merit top three which would entitle him to compete in the end-of-season national PGA Play-offs in Turkey.

That provides the leading players with chance to peg up in next spring’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth as well as starts in a number of tour events.