Friday, August 03, 2018

Coupland wins for second time on EuroPro
Tour season
Dave Coupland carded rounds of 62, 71, and 70 to win the PGA EuroPro event at Foxhills Golf Club and Resort, his second title of the season.
Coupland (Woodhall Spa) started the day three shots clear, and maintained at least a two-shot cushion throughout the final round as the likes of Billy Hemstock (Teignmouth), Richard Mansell (Beau Desert), and Billy Spooner (Boston West) all tried to reel in the Lincolnshire.
Mansell, Spooner and Hemstock all came close, until a superb eagle for Coupland on the 14th put some daylight between himself and the chasing pack. And a further three pars and just one bogey over the last four holes were enough to confirm Coupland’s title.
The win is the third EuroPro Tour title of his career, and second this season. He now joins Mark Young on two wins, neck and neck in the hunt for the coveted £250,000 four-win bonus on offer.
Another bonus is the lucrative £59,000 for a 59-round which Coupland had a real go at on day one at Foxhills, shooting the joint-lowest score to par round ever recorded in EuroPro Tour history at (-11), matching Sandeep Grewal’s effort in 2007.
Reflecting on his efforts this week, Coupland said: “I’m over the moon to get my second win of the season. I felt there was a lot of pressure on me, especially after the opening round I had, but I kept telling myself each day was a blank slate and that helped me stick to my game plan.
“It was brilliant playing with a close family friend of mine in Billy Spooner, I think we both helped each other settle into our games and stay relaxed out there, Richard Mansell is a great guy too so it was a top final group to be a part of.”
“The eagle on 14 gave me a little bit of a cushion but I immediately gave up one of those shots after I misjudged my second shot on the next hole, and three-putting it in the end. It could have been a little bit easier as Richard then made a charge late on.
“The goal for me at the start of the season was to win the Order of Merit and it’s great to be top now with a handful of events left in the season. There’s a long way to go still though, and plenty of hard work ahead of me so I’ll stick to the game plan and hopefully that will be enough.”
As well as moving to the top of the Order of Merit and the Race to Andalusia and Desert Springs, Coupland has all but confirmed himself a Challenge Tour card in 2019.
As well as receiving £10,000, Coupland also received a Motocaddy S1 Electric Trolley.
Highlights of the tournament  will air on Sky Sports Golf on Tuesday, August 14.
The PGA EuroPro Tour resumes next week (Thursday, 9th August) with the Nokia Masters at Mannings Heath Golf Club and Wine Estate.
Par 219
203 D Coupland (Eng) 62 71 70 (£10,000).
205 R Mansell (Eng) 69 66 70 (£6,000)
207 B Hemstock (Eng) 70 67 70 (£3,000)

211 Sam Kiloh 72 71 68 (T14) (£605).
213 Danny Young 73 71 69, Craig Ross 70 70 73 (T21) (£436 each).
214 Craig Lawrie 70 70 74 (T33) (£367)
215 John Henry 71 72 72, Lloyd Saltman 70 72 73 (£332 each).





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