Friday, July 20, 2018


Coupland gives credit to caddie-dad for first EuroPro Tour title in five years
 
Dave Coupland carded rounds of 69, 70, and 68 to win by a shot at the Ablrate.com Championship at Wychwood Park Golf Club, Cheshire.
 
Coupland (Woodhall Spa Golf Club) started the day two shots off the lead on five-under par, but quickly found himself in contention with a birdie on the first and playing partner Jack headed South down the leaderboard with a final round score of 77 (+5).
 
It wasn’t the clearest of paths for Coupland, as a pack of three golfers in the form of Joe Dean (Hillsborough Golf Club), Richard Mansell (Beau Desert Golf Club), and Jack Davidson (Llanwern Golf Club) all took a share of the lead during the final round.
 
Dean and Mansell were first in the clubhouse with total scores of eight-under par, and with Coupland eight-under through 17 holes the pressure was on to birdie the 18th to win the Ablrate.com Championship outright. 
The Lincolnshire-man rose to the pressure, hitting his second shot 20 feet to the pin, and a simple two-putt sealed the victory.
 
Reflecting on his win he said: “I’m absolutely over the moon, it’s sunk in now and it feels brilliant. I was aware that I needed a birdie to win it heading down the 18th so I was really concentrating to do that or at least take it to a playoff.
 
“It was a special win for me, having my Dad on my bag. We had a strategy all week and stuck to it. He has helped massively with keeping my focus and discussing what clubs to use when I’ve been in two minds.
 
“As the years go by and you’re always the bridesmaid you start to wonder if you’re ever going to get another win. That’s why today feels great, to show a bit of steel in my game and get that monkey off my back means a lot to me.”

Coupland’s win catapults him up 12 spots in the Order of Merit to 3rd in the standings, with Joe Dean climbing another two spots to second, an admirable position to reach without any wins to his name.
 
As well as receiving £10,000, Coupland also received a Motocaddy S1 Electric Trolley, with features including a soft-touch ergonomic handle; low profile, quick-release wheels, a streamlined battery tray and super-fast QUIKFOLD assembly mechanism.

Scot Craig Ross finished T7 on 211 (66-75-70), four more than the winner, and earned £1,200.
 
Highlights of the Ablrate.com Championship will air on Sky Sports Golf on 31st July.
 
The PGA EuroPro Tour continues at Caversham Heath Golf Club with the Pentahotels Championship, 25-27 July.
  
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