Paul Wesselingh is the new 2012 ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship winner after posting a remarkable final round and best of the day 67 that included four consecutive back-nine birdies and a six under-par tournament total in challenging conditions at De Vere Slaley Hall.
Unseasonably wet weather in Northumberland has tested the players throughout the week, which is underlined by just the seven players who finished the rain-shortened event under-par.
Despite postponing play for 24 hours following Friday’s downpour the players have been quick to praise the efforts of Slaley Hall’s expert greenstaff who have kept The Hunting Course in remarkable condition.
Wessinlingh, who is enjoying a superb rookie season on the Seniors Tour held off the challenge of defending champion Andrew Oldcorn and 6-time European Tour winner Anders Forsbrand who finished tied for second just one shot back, in what was an enthralling battle that saw four players within a shot of the lead entering the final nine holes.
“The course was superb. What an incredible job Steve Cram, Slaley Hall’s Golf Courses and Estate Manager has done to get the course into a playable condition. He must be a miracle worker!” commented Wesselingh. “Slaley Hall has really looked after us this week and it’s a pleasure to have won at such a great place.”