Golf ace Ambler aims to use Wentworth disappointment to spur him on in 2013

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WAKEFIELD golfer Adrian Ambler will look to use the disappointment of missing out on a place in next year’s BMW PGA Championship to spur him on to further success in 2013.

The Low Laithes golf professional teed off in the end-of-year Titleist PGA Play-Offs in Turkey last week and finished tied in eleventh - one place away from securing a spot amongst some of the best players in the world at Wentworth.

The 41-year-old, from Thornes, admits it was “frustrating” to miss out in such a manner, but will not let it cloud what has been his best year on the course thanks to winning both the Yorkshire and the North Region Order of Merit titles.

“I played okay but it was my putting that let me down,” he said.

“I did quite well getting position on the green but missed too many putts.

“With eight holes left I needed four birdies to have a chance of getting in the top-ten and I got three. I needed to birdie the last but couldn’t and it left me tied eleventh.

“It was disappointing but it was a fantastic experience for me, it’s been a brilliant year and it just makes me want to return there again next year.”

The event, for the top three golfers from each of the PGA’s seven regional Order of Merit competitions, was cut short to 54 holes instead of the scheduled 72 owing to torrential conditions on the first day at Antalya Golf Club.

Richard Wallis retained his Play-Off crown, edging out pre-tournament favourite David Higgins, who Ambler played the first two rounds alongside.

The Merrie City golf ace still has a slim chance of playing at Wenworth after being placed second on the reserve list should other players pull out.

Whether he features or not, he will look to build on a brilliant year in 2013.

Ambler scooped the Yorkshire PGA merit title for the sixth time with two rounds to spare and lifted the North Region merit title, partly thanks to a first ranking event win at the De Vere PGA North Region Championship.

A break for the festive period will give the Low Laithes golfer a chance to reflect on his performance in 2012 before returning to competitive action and a possible place at the European Fourball Championships in Spain in March.

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