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The Sturnminster Marshall partnership of professional Graham Howell and 12-handicapper Paul Fowell have won themselves a luxury trip to Portugal after a fine win on Tuesday 9th May in Europe’s biggest pro-am, the Lombard Trophy.

They were competing against 80 other pairings in the South Wales and west region final qualifier over the Roman course at Celtic Manor Golf Club, near Newport.

Graham and Paul were one place away from victory two years ago, so now they can pack their bags for five-day stay at the Dona Flipa Hotel in the Algarve at the end of September, when they’ll take on 13 other regional winners from Britain and Ireland.  The winning professional picks up £5,000, playing over the renowned San Lorenzo course.

The Wimborne pair carded a four-under 65, winning by a stroke from three other clubs.  Said Graham “Paul played the short holes well, and he revitalised our challenge when he got a net eagle on eagle on the 14th.  If he plays like that in October I’ll be very happy.”

Graham himself had contributed two birdies and “kept the ship steady” with vital pars when his amateur partner was out of it.

Leading Scores:

Pos. Score Professional Amateur H'cap Club
1 65 (-4) Graham Howell Paul Fowell 12 Sturminster
2= 66 Robert Evans Stephan Johns 16 Pyle & Kenfig
Dylan Williams Andrew Rees 9 Milford Haven
4= 67 Scott Patience Steve Dance 12 Celtic Manor
Martyn Thompson John Darley 14 Canford Magna
Matthew Deal Gerry Kallmeier 9 Hendon
7= 68 Stephan Birch Chris Glenny 8 Cottrell Park
Adrian Pritchard Mark Hallet 16 Woodlake Park
Richard Blake Matthew Blunbell 10 Upavon
Peter Evans Dr Jenkins 7 Royal Porthcawl
James Townsend David Elcock 15 Church Stretton
Ian Bolt John Blackmur 9 Cricklade Hotel