CHIPPENHAM Golf Club assistant Louis Boston enjoyed his best week as a professional by winning a total of £1,200 in the North Devon Links tournament played over the two Saunton courses and Royal North Devon, writes PETER GODSIFF.

He was in outstanding form as he shared third place with veteran Mike Watson (Wessex Golf Centre) from Weymouth. After a disappointing 74 at RND he followed with rounds of 69 and 70 at Saunton for a total of three-under-par 213.

As he also brought home the winning team of West Country players on 260 he claimed £1,200 for three excellent days' golf.

He and his pal from The Mendip Andrew Jones, former manager of Paulton Rovers FC and a successful Bristol florist who plays off eight, met St Enodoc member Martin Trees, off six, and the English amateur international Jake Burnage, a plus-four player from Saunton.

The quartet blended well and led the team section on two of the three days before taking the overall prize.

Boston, a former Somerset county amateur from Bath, played at Bath, Saltford and Cumberwell Park before starting his professional career at the Windmill Golf Academy and later moving to Stockwood Vale.

He said: “I had never met Jake or Martin but we fitted together very well to enjoy a really good week. Jake was under par on his own ball in all three rounds. It was a brilliant event. ”

Former European Tour player Sion Bebb celebrated his 50th birthday by winning the individual event. The Morlais Castle club professional led by four shots going into the final day and managed to hold off a late surge from David Dixon (Enmore Park) who was second two shots behind.

Dixon made 13 pars until three successive birdies took him to three-under-par 68 to close the gap dramatically at the top on the final day over the East course.

Visitor Matt Cort (Beedles Lake) was fifth, one ahead of Michael Wilson the RND club professional. Ed Goodwin (Cirencester) led after the first round after carding four-under 68 at Royal North Devon but he failed to maintain his form on a windy day in the second round. He recovered with 73 on the last day to share seventh on 215 with Plymouth-based Scott Drummond, Chris Gill (Newquay) and Newport’s Richard Dinsdale (Asbri Golf).

Cort’s team finished second with PGA Cup winning captain Albert MacKenzie from Saunton third alongside Jon Sutherland, Geoff Briggs and Stuart Charnock on 254.