Birdie rush secures runner-up berth for Ely’s Andrew George at Basildon Open

Ely’s Andrew George eyes up an eagle putt that he would make in the second round of the PGA East Ang

Ely’s Andrew George eyes up an eagle putt that he would make in the second round of the PGA East Anglian Open at Basildon.Picture: TONY RUSHMER - Credit: Archant

Golf Andrew George produced one of his best performances of the season to finish second in the PGA East Anglian Open at Basildon Golf Club last Tuesday.

The Ely City Golf Club professional fired back-to-back rounds of 69 to end up at six-under-par, two shots behind Essex pro Mark Hooper.

George finished his first round with a birdie hat-trick and it wasn’t long before he began making a concerted bid for the title on day two.

He rattled off three straight birdies from the third, before driving the green at the par-four seventh hole and then converting from 12 feet for the eagle.

The Cambridgeshire professional sank a curling 15-footer for another birdie at the next and suddenly he was breathing down Hooper’s neck.

As the pressure increased on the back nine, George was understandably unable to sustain that blistering form – and a wayward drive lead to a double bogey at the 16th.

But George refused to be derailed by that setback, finishing off with back-to-back birdies.

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They helped secure the golfer his highest order of merit finish of the season and lifted him into 18th in the official standings with only one counting event to come – The Rayleigh Club Championship, which started yesterday (Wednesday).

George said: “I struck it nicely and made some good putts. Basildon is an exciting golf course. It’s just one of those places you can’t get down because the next hole you can make eagle.

“The last month I’ve been playing well and I could feel a nice score coming and that’s my sixth consecutive round under par.”

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