Saturday, May 16, 2015

 Fraser Mann wins Senior PGA title
 and £5,250  prize by six strokes

The Senior PGA Professional Championship title will remain in Scotland after Fraser Mann sealed his first national victory in style at Foxhills.

But the popular 55-year-old Carnoustie professional, pictured with the trophy by courtesy of Getty Images (c), who eased to a six-shot victory at the Surrey venue, cut short his celebrations to head home in time to give a lesson first thing tomorrow morning!

Mann, who had chalked up top 10 finishes on his previous two appearances in the championship, never looked in danger of surrendering the title, having seen his overnight one shot advantage increase to three after the first hole.
A steady round containing two birdies and two bogeys, for a level par 73 on the Bernard Hunt course, was more than ample to capture The Bernard Hunt Trophy, named in honour of the former PGA captain and Ryder Cup legend, and the £5,250 first prize.
“It’s just great,” said Mann. “I’ve won a few things in Scotland but this is my first national title. I played really nicely today and all week and I have just enjoyed it. I birdied the first and I felt fine after that.
“I was bit nervous at first but I hit an approach to 10 feet and holed it and that was my little cushion. I wasn’t playing anyone else or looking at the scoreboard. I was just trying to play the course today at par or better.
“Having won, it’s now straight back on the road as I’m coaching at 9am tomorrow at Carnoustie, so this has been a great bonus to come away, have a break and catch up with friends.”
Victory also booked his place at Close House next month to compete in the ISPS Handa PGA Senior Championship. He will be joined at the Newcastle venue by joint runners-up Brian Sharrock (BFS Trading Ltd) and Roger Tuddenham (Hedge End Golf Centre), who finished on four-over-par for the championship.
Defending champion Kenny Hutton (Downfield) finished in a share of fourth place at five-over after a final round of 74. He was joined by John Harrison (Matfen Hall), whose hopes of a first title were dashed after he closed with a 79. Both will also pitch up at Close House as will the rest of the top 20 finishers this week.

Par 218
216 Fraser Mann (Carnoustie GC) 73 70 73.
222 Brian Sharrock (Eng) 72 78 72, Roger Tuddenham (Hedge End Golf Centre) 72 73 77
223 Kenny Hutton (Downfield) 75 74 74, John Harrison (Matfen Hall) 71 74 79.
224 Mark Litton (Bedford) 80 73 71, Jeff Pinsent (Sandy Lodge) 75 72 77.
225 Tony Stephens (Davenport) 78 74 73, Stephen McAllister (McAllister Golf) 74 75 76, Graeme Bell (Eaglescliffe) 70 78 77

226 Albert MacKenzie (Saunton) 71 81 74, Garry Harvey (Kinross) 77 73 76 (T11)
228 David James (Axelstein ) 80 73 75 (T19)
231 Alistair Webster (Edzell) 77 78 76 (T29)

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