FORMER Clacton schoolboy Jason Levermore and Andrew Pestell are agreed on their tactics in trying to complete an unprecedented hat-trick of victories in the PGA Fourball Championship – let’s not get serious!

Levermore and Pestell, head PGA professionals at Little Channels Golf Centre and Chelmsford Golf Club respectively, have won the tournament on two previous occasions.

Their bid to add to their triumphs in 2008 and 2013 will begin in the PGA East region qualifier at Crews Hill Golf Club, Enfield, next month.

And the pair will go into it having learned lessons from last year’s final at Belton Woods, Lincolnshire, where they finished tied 13th, nine shots off the pace.

“We took it far too seriously, got really stressed out and didn’t play as well as we can,” said former Clacton County High School student Levermore.

“We’ve been friends for years and like to have a laugh and take the mickey out of each other.

"That helps us relax and is the secret of our success.

“That’s the way we will approach the competition this year – not take it too seriously, have fun and see where it takes us.”

Levermore and Pestell will be up against 48 other pairs vying to claim ten spots to compete in the final of the competition which, staged in late August at Farleigh Golf Club, Surrey, carries a £33,250 prize purse with £5,500 going to the winning pair.