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Only at the third time of asking did Romford's Darren Parker finally lift the Maxfli PGA Assistants' Championship over the testing Bearwood Lakes course at Wokingham, near Reading on Friday 8 October.

Parker, who represents Maylands Golf and Country Club, had holed an eight-footer to save his pat on the 72nd green on Thursday to finish on 274 (14 under), a shot ahead of Newent's Ian Harrison, who'd led the tournament throughout. Harrison, playing in the final pair immediately behind Parker, knew he needed a birdie 3 to tie - and did exactly that with a wedge to five feet.

In the fading light they completed two halved holes of the sudden-death play-off, called it a day and on resuming early the next morning Parker grabbed the title with a birdie 3 at the first hole.

Not only did that secure him the winner's cheque for £4,500 but also an invitation to play in the PGA of America's Assistants Championship next month in Florida, financed by the champagne producers, Moet & Chandon.

Leading final aggregates:


D Parker (Maylands) 69 68 68 69
I Harrison (Newent) 67 67 69 71
(Parker won at third extra hole)

280 J Livesey (Moor Park) 70 67 72 71
281 S Khan (Toot Hill) 68 70 72 71
282 A Raitt (St George's Hill) 72 71 67 72
I Keenan (Royal Liverpool) 70 72 73 67
283 P Robshaw (Lambourne) 72 71 69 71