STUDLEY Wood’s Dusan Gavrilovic makes his tour debut in the Senior PGA Professional Championship at Northants County next week.

Gavrilovic tees it up in the 144-strong field from May 11-13, hoping this will be the first of many events he plays in.

The Studley Wood pro tied 35th at senior tour qualifying school in November, which put him on the reserve list for this year.

As well as his duties there, he coaches Oxfordshire ladies and is involved with the BB&O County Golf Partnership.

Gavrilovic, who is a past British AAA’s 4x400m gold medal winner and long jump bronze medalist, said: “Golf is still the dream, and the club has been fully supportive.

“The owners are happy for me to try and have a go and I think it’s nice for the members.

“During Q-School there was live scoring and the members kept texting messages of support.

“Everybody was getting excited at the prospect of me getting my card, including me probably, and I got a bit ahead of myself.

“However, I’m looking forward to Northants County because a top-20 finish qualifies you for the De Vere Club PGA Seniors Championship at Slaley Hall and if you do well there then it can open up opportunities.”

  • ADAM Wootton and David Summers had to be content with second place at the Burford Pro Am where blustery winds made scoring extr-emely difficult.

Wootton, the professional at Oxf-ord Golf Centre and Burford’s Summers finished on nett 146 for the 36-hole foursomes strokeplay event – four shots behind winners pro Alan Lovelace (Merrist Wood) & Matt Barnes (Foxhills).

A first round 68 gave Wootton and scratch player Summers a decent shot at the title, but they could not hold on.

Professional James Harraway and amateur Charlie Harraway (both Cirencester) were third on 147, while West Berks pro Paul Simpson, from Witney, and his club member Tony Coventry were fourth on 148.

The day also saw professional Andrew Butler (Kingsdown) bag a hole-in-one on the 15th, while Witney Lakes pro Deana Rushworth’s tee-shot on the par-three 11th lipped out.

  • OXFORD City overcame last year's Hillman Trophy finalists Chipping Norton in round one on Sunday.

City, who beat Chartridge Park in a suddende eath preliminary round play-off, won 5½-1½ with windy conditions favouring them at Southfield.

  • LEE Parsons came from two shots down to win Kirtlington’s Masters in a tight contest.

Parsons trailed his dad, John, and teenager Sam Chick by two shots after the first round, but a nett 69 on the Sunday gave hin the title.

Sam’s dad Andy Chick was a shot behind on nett 137, with John Parsons third on 138.