Friday, July 28, 2017

Sean Lawrie finishes top Scot at Luton,

earns £397.50

Sean Lawrie (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) finished the leading Scot in joint 30th place at the EuroPro Tour event at Luton Hoo Golf Hotel and Spa.
He had rounds of 76, 66 and 70 for a total of 212, which earned him £397.50.
Daniel Kay (Renaissance) finished T33 on 214 with scores of 70, 69 and 75 for a £372.50 payday.
Neil Fenwick (Dunbar) scored 71, 71 and 77 for 219 and a disappointing T50 finish which earned him £297.50

England's Sam Connor won the tournament first prize of £10,000 by a seven-stroke margin with rounds of 67, 64 and 68 for 199.
Jonathan Thomson (Rotherham) (69-71-66) and James Simpson (Close House) (70-69-67) tied for second place on 206 and earned £4,500 each.

199 Sam Connor (Alsager) 67 64 68 (£10,000).
206 Jonathan Thomson (Rotherham) 69 71 66, James Simpson (Close House) 70 69 67 (£4,500 each).

212 Sean Lawrie (Paul Lawrie GC) 76 66 70 (£397.50).
214 Daniel Kay (Renaissance) 70 69 75 (£372.50).
219 Neil Fenwick (Dunbar) 71 71 77 (T50) (£297.50).


Sam Connor carded a final-round 68 to win the Matchroom Sport Championship by seven shots on 20 under par on a dry and windy day at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa in Bedfordshire.
Connor (Alsager Golf and Country Club) made this his third EuroPro title, after two wins in 2015, and led from start to finish on the final day.
Jonathan Thomson (Rotherham) and James Simpson (Close House Golf Club) came closest to challenging Connor, carding fantastic -7 and -6 final rounds respectively, both ending the tournament on -13. It wasn’t enough to stop Connor though who responded to a putting foul challenge on the 5th, which wasn’t upheld, with three consecutive birdies.
“I feel really good, it’s not really sunk in that I’ve won yet.”: said Connor, who wins £10,000 as well as a brand new Motocaddy S3 PRO electric trolley with lithium battery, Bushnell Pro X2 Range Finder and Bolle sunglasses.
On the putting incident on the 5th he said: “It wasn’t even a thought in my mind at the time. It wasn’t until Jack [Colegate] (Deangate Ridge Golf Club) told me he thought I double hit it. But it didn’t affect my mind set.”
“It was a mental test and one that I overcame in that situation, I handled it really well and focused on my game. My long game has been average this week for me but my putting and short game has been off the charts all week; it feels good to putt so well for three days.”
Connor, who bogeyed just one of his 54 holes this week, said: “It’s been coming for a while now, I’ve worked really hard and it is nice to get a bit of payback for it.”
Connor climbs to eighth on the tour rankings, from which the top five at the end of the season earn promotion to the Challenge Tour. With this win he will now receive an invite to the Challenge Tour event held at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa.
He said: “It’s a really nice venue and I’m really looking forward to playing here again.”
Highlights of the Matchroom Sport Championship will air on Sky Sports Golf on Tuesday, August 8. The PGA EuroPro Tour continues with The Nokia Masters at Mannings Heath Golf Club, Wednesday, August 2 – Friday, August 4.



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