Joy for Garrick as he tees up pro glory

Garrick Porteous, the reigning Amateur Champion, won his maiden professional title at the PGA EuroPro Tour's FSC Invitational at The Astbury, Shropshire.
Garrick Porteous, the reigning Amateur Champion, won his maiden professional title at the PGA EuroPro Tour's FSC Invitational at The Astbury, Shropshire.

Bamburgh Castle golfer Garrick Porteous sunk a 15-foot birdie putt to win a tense playoff and secure his maiden professional title.

The 24-year-old from Morpeth secured the victory at the PGA EuroPro Tour’s FSC Invitational at The Astbury, Shropshire.

He carded a final-round 66 (-4) to finish ten under, tied with South African Darryn Lloyd (68, 68, 64) and Yorkshireman James Maw (65, 66, 69) on the par-70 course.

The play-off took place on The Astbury’s spectacular par-three 18th and on the first play both Maw and Porteous made par, but Lloyd found a greenside bunker and made bogey.

On the second play, Maw too found the sand, but played out to within feet of the pin.

However, Porteous was well-placed on the green and putted in one for birdie and the victory, securing a cheque for £10,000 in the process.

Further European, Challenge and EuroPro tour invites are to come for Porteous.