PGA Pro shoots 59 under tournament conditions

A PGA Professional has earned his place in the record books after firing a 14-under-par 59 to claim the PGA Southern Open Championship Pro-Am title

Richard Wallis

A PGA Professional has earned his place in the record books after firing a 14-under-par 59 to claim the PGA Southern Open Championship Pro-Am title.

Richard Wallis, playing at the par-73 Drift Golf Club in Surrey, won the tournament by six shots from Andrew Raitt and Nick Redfern.

He turned in eight-under-par 29 - requiring only eight putts - birdied the 10th, played holes 13-15 in four under and made a sandy birdie at the last to record his first 59.

"I'm absolutely over the moon to shoot this 59," said Wallis, a three-time winner of the Virgin Atlantic PGA South Order of Merit and the reigning Titleist PGA Play-Offs champion.

"I've shot low scores before, but never in an official PGA event like this.

"Usually the game's great but putting is not, or vice versa, but today everything really clicked. The course was in great nick and on the greens you felt any putt could go in."

Wallis - who has recently returned to work after the birth of his daughter - entered the tournament fresh off his first EuroPro Tour victory in the Kerry London Championship at Burhill.

He plans to play nine EuroPro Tour events in 2013, but his main goal in to finish inside the top three on the Virgin Atlantic PGA South Order of Merit.

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