Friday, August 08, 2014


Graham Fox saved his best to the last day and a final round of four-under-par 68 for a total of seven-under 281 earned him joint fifth place in the Glenmuir PGA professional championship over the Lansdowne course, Blairgowrie Golf Club.
The Clydeway Golf man left himself with too much ground to make up after opening rounds of 70 and 73. But a 70 in the third started his climb up the leaderboard and he kept up the momentum to collect £1,475 in finishing only four shots behind the winner of the £10,000 first prize, Chris McDonnell (Troon Golf Managemen) from the North-east of England. Chris shot 69, 69,70 and 69 for 11-under-par 277 and a one-shot win from another Englishman, Jason Lawrence (Channels).

par 288 (4x72)
277 C McDonnell (Troon GM) 69 69 70 69 (£10,000).
278 J Lawrence (Channels) 71 69 68 70 (£6,420)
279 A Withey (Bulwell Forest) 69 72 68 70 (£3,450)
280 C Gane (Silvermere) 70 65 74 71 (£3,450)
281 G Fox (Clydeway Golf) 70 73 70 68, S Bebb (Morlais Castle) 73 67 73 68 (£1,475 each)

288 D Orr (Mearns Castle4) 74 77 71 73 (T26)
291 A Mackenzie (Saunton) 72 74 76 69 (T33)
293 I Campbell (Heathfield Park) 71 76 76 70, C Robinson (Portpatrick Duinskey) 77 69 73 74 (T43)
296 C Mathison (Falkirk Tryst) 70 72 76 78 (T51)
299 A Crerar (Panmure) 73 74 77 75 (57th)
300 S Savage (Dalmuir) 74 71 81 74 (T58)





Debutant Chris McDonnell, picture by courtesy of Getty Images(c), captured the biggest win of his career after claiming the Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship at Blairgowrie  today..
The former Hexham assistant, now working for Troon Golf Management, almost threw it away on the final two holes – following a suspension for rain – dropping shots on each to leave him on 11-under-par.
That opened the door for fellow tournament first timer Jason Levermore, however the Channels professional could only par the final two holes and was left to settle for second, one shot behind after closing with two-under-par 70.
Third place went to Bulwell Forest’s Andrew Willey, who was competing is his first championship since 2004. He finished on nine-under-par having been one of a number of players to top the leaderboard on the final day.
But nothing was going to halt McDonnell, who earlier in the summer won the Austrian PGA equivalent.
He was a model of consistency throughout the week with three rounds of 69 and one of 70.
Victory secured the 32-year-old a veritable treasure chest of £10,000, the use of Peugeot car for a year from the support sponsors plus a place in the end of season Titleist PGA Play-Offs in Turkey.
He is also in a strong position to qualify for next year’s Great Britain and Ireland PGA Cup team, which will take on the USA in California.
“Happy days,” was McDonnell’s reaction, who admitted the rain break could have cost him the title.
“It definitely affected me as I had time to think. You start to cool down and you’re out of your rhythm and then you start to think about what you need to do.
“I got back out there and it was difficult to get a rhythm going. I thought the green on 17 was going to be a bit slower after the rain but it was actually quicker and I made bogey and just got over the line on the last.
“Before that I played fantastic golf. I hit the ball well, putted well and just got off to a fantastic start. “I was four under after nine and I didn’t look at a leaderboard until after ninth. I saw that I was a couple of shots ahead and played some great golf coming it was just a shame about the last two holes.
“I recently won the Austrian PGA title but this tops that one as this is definitely the biggest win of my career.”
Overnight leader Levermore, who pocketed almost £6,500, also secured a place in the end of season play-offs.
He also had a consistent display hitting 17 greens but just couldn’t buy a putt to retain his advantage. However, he was more than satisfied with his performance and the return on his week.
“If someone had offered me second at the start of the week I would have taken it,” he said.
“I’m lying second in the East region with two events to go so was in with a chance of reaching the play-offs that way, but this takes all the pressure off.
 “After leading last night I was quite nervous going into the start so I was quite pleased with how I played. I’ve not won a big event before so it was nice to be up there on my own, in with a shout and still play well.
“I had one bogey and had a real steady back nine but just didn’t hole anything. On the last I saw that Chris had made five and I had a good tee shot on the 18th. I thought my approach shot would come out low and chase up the green but it just didn’t get up the second tier. When it ended up back at the front I knew it was about two good putts and finishing second and getting the play-off spot.”
Willey, who took up his post at Bulwell earlier this year after a long spell on tour, was content with his week but vowed to come back and improve on his showing.
“My aim was just to go out there and do what I’ve been doing all week,” said the 39-year-old, who earned £4,500.
“I got off to a great start today, eagling the first and birdied the third. Chris was playing well as well so we were having a good match. Towards the end I didn’t quite hole the putts. Naturally disappointed at the outcome but overall pleased with the week. Hopefully I can progress from here and do well next year.”



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