Friday, April 28, 2017

Neil Fenwick has nightmare last day and
collects only £298 instead of £10,000

Dunbar's Neil Fenwick started the third and final round of the first EuroPro Tour event of 2017 with his eyes on the £10,000 first prize.

Neil, pictured, finished it by scrambling to a nine-over round of 80, after rounds of 68 and 69, for a joint 48th place on four-over 217 and a payslip for £298.
So what went wrong for Fenwick at the Close House, North-east of England venue? Only he can answer that but his scorecard shows a double and a triple at two short holes - a 5 at the ninth and a 6 at thr 14th in halves of 39 and 41. He also had five bogeys and only one birdie, at the par-5 seventh,
Top Scot was John Henry (Clydebank and District) who collected £725 for a final placing of joint 12th with rounds of 70, 67 and 73 for three-under 210 - six behind the winner of the £10,000 first prize, Irishman Gavin Moynihan who had three rounds of 68 for nine-under 204.
Dermot McIlroy, from Ballymena in Northern Ireland, was runner-up on 205 and earned £6,000.
Peterhead's Jamie McLeary (Dalmahoy Hotel) tied for 23rd place on 212 with Jordan McColl (Kingsbarns Pro Academy), each earning £450.
Wallace Booth (Pitlochry Golf) and Ryan Campbell (Golf in Scotland) earned £375 each for joint 31st place on 214.

par 213 (3x71)
204 G Moynihan (Ire) 68 68 68 (£10,000).
205 D McIlroy (Ballymena) 67 68 70 (£6,000).
206 N McCarthy (Moortown) 69 69 68 (£3,000).

210 John Henry (Clydebank and Dist) 70 67 73 (T12) (£725)
212 Jamie McLeary (Dalmahoy Hotel) 75 67 70, Jordan McColl (Kingsbarns Pro Acad) 69 71 72 (T23) (£450 each).
214 Wallace Booth (Pitlochry Golf) 73 70 71, Ryan Campbell (Golf in Scotland) 69  74 71 (T31) (£375 each).
215 Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) 71 71 72, Paul Shields (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) 70 71 74 (T40) (£343 each).
217 Neil Fenwick (Dunbar) 68 69 80 (T48) (£298).

For all the final totals and prizemoney

Gavin Moynihan carded a final-round 68 to finish nine under par and win the Lookers Championship at Close House by one shot to Dermot McElroy.
The closing stages of PGA EuroPro Tour season opener effectively turned into match-play between the two friends who have known each other for much of their careers in both the amateur and now professional ranks.
It was a nip and tuck final round with both holding the lead at one stage but Moynihan (68, 68, 68) edged in front with a birdie at the par-five 17th and saw home the £10,000 victory with a par at the last.
“I am delighted to win,” said Moynihan, who also takes home a brand new Motocaddy S3 PRO electric trolley with lithium battery, Bushnell Pro X2 Range Finder and Bolle sunglasses.
“It was a good battle there with myself and Dermot. I had a great start to be three under after eight. Then I had bogey at 11 and Dermot had gone birdie, birdie so suddenly from one ahead I was one behind and a little bit shell shocked.
"But I knew I was playing well and the last six holes I played really well – the approach into 18 was probably my best shot of the day.
“Myself and Dermot played together in GB and I boys teams and were foursomes partners. We have known each other since we were 14, we are best friends.
"It made it easier for me because I like to have a chat through the round, so it was probably to both of our advantages.
“My game has been there for a long time but I haven’t really got much out of it but hopefully this is the start of a good year for me.”
McElroy (Ballymena Golf Club) concluded the tournament on eight under after rounds of 67, 68 and 70 on the par-71 Colt Course at Close House.
Nick McCarthy (Moortown Golf Club; 69, 69, 68) provided the closest competition to the top two but his three-under 68 for a seven under tournament score wasn’t quite enough. Six golfers shared fourth place on five under.
The PGA EuroPro Tour season continues with the Great National Hotels Irish Masters at Ballykisteen Golf Hotel, May 10-12.
Highlights of the Lookers Championship will air on Sky Sports on Tuesday, May 9.



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