WAKEFIELD golfer Adrian Ambler is targeting a top-ten finish in December’s PGA Play-Off event in Turkey.
The experienced Low Laithes professional has enjoyed his best year on the fairway so far to scoop the North Region Order of Merit title.
And it could get even better for Thornes-based Ambler, whose North Region Order of Merit success has handed him a place in the end-of-season play-offs.
The event, which will take place at the Antalya Golf Club’s PGA Sultan Course on December 10-13, will see the top three from each region in Britain go head-to-head
The 24 talented golfers will be battling it out for the chance to play in the PGA Cup, which will see a Great Britain and Ireland team go up against their American counterparts in a Ryder Cup-style format.
The top ten will also get the chance to compete against some of the best players in the world at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
“If I play like I have been doing this year then there’s no reason why I can’t get in the top ten,” said 41-year-old Ambler.
“It’d be a great achievement for me but it’s going to be really tough. There will be no mugs in the competition, they’re the very best from around the country so the standard will be extremely high.”
Success in Turkey will also see Ambler compete in higher-ranking events such as the Scottish Open and Welsh Open.
But whatever the outcome in December the golf ace can look back on a brilliant year.
He’d never won a ranking event until he landed the De Vere PGA North Region Championship at Blackpool’s De Vere Heron’s Reach.
“It all kicked on from that,” he commented.
“It was my first major win and I think I got confidence from that.
“I’d finished fourth in the North Order of Merit last year and sixth the year before that, so it’s been a gradual progression for me.”
Ambler won the Yorkshire Order of Merit with two events to spare and recently won the prestigious Skins PGA Fourball Championship alongside Aran Wainwright.
The pair had performed well in every round and overcame a one-stroke deficit on the leaders going into the final round to scoop the £5,000 winner’s cheque.
His fantastic form stands him in good stead for Turkey and Ambler paid tribute to his long-standing sponsor, David Pitts of DP Publicity, Wakefield, for helping him along.
“It’s taken the pressure of my golf,” he said.
“I know I have the financial backing for travel, competition entry and equipment without having to worry to rely on it from doing well in events.”
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