LOW Laithes Golf Club professional Adrian Ambler has revealed that a new mental approach was the key to him winning the PGA North Region Order of Merit.
The 41-year-old scooped the prestigious regional title for the first time and also secured the Yorkshire PGA Merit crown with two events remaining in a memorable year that promises to get even better.
Ambler had not won a ranking event until he edged out Waterton Park’s Scott Barber in a thrilling play-off to scoop the De Vere PGA North Region Championship, at Herons Reach, in Blackpool.
And another victory in the James Brearley Lancashire Open, on Blackpool’s North Shore only a few weeks later ensured Ambler’s name would be etched onto the Mike Slater Memorial Order of Merit Trophy.
A delighted Ambler said: “I decided at the start of the season to stop getting uptight and too excited and to focus on keeping level-headed.
“I suddenly realised that golf is not life-saving stuff, it’s just a game.”
He added: “My family is far more important to me but it’s still an honour to claim this award.
“I targeted a top-three place at the beginning of the year so to finish first is a bonus.”
Ambler’s success has propelled him to the Titleist PGA play-offs where 24 players will compete over 72 holes at Antalya Golf Club’s PGA Sultan Course, in Turkey, between December 10 and 13.
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