James Busby hailed his victory at The Pandora 2009 Open at Burhill Golf Club in Surrey as a “massive” moment in his career.
The Shropshire man followed two rounds of 70 with a fine five under round of 67 to finish nine under for the tournament and take the £10,000 prize home to Staffordshire.
“I’ve not really been enjoying my golf because of money worries so this is a massive win for me,” said Busby, who moves to fourth in the Order of Merit with the victory. “It gives me another year basically and now I’m in the top five I want to stay there and grab one of the Challenge Tour cards on offer.”
Busby was one stroke behind leading duo Daniel Gaunt (Burhill GC) and Oliver Turnill (Bognor Regis GC) ahead of the final round but quickly got into his stride with four birdies on the front nine to charge into the lead. A fifth birdie at the 11th moved him to nine under, and with the chasing pack struggling for rhythm, he was home and hosed – even recovering from a bogey at 17 with a birdie at the last.
“You’re always looking for the victory when you are in touch with the leaders and on the back nine, I was really thinking about it,” said the 27 year-old. “I played some good golf today, holed a lot of putts and I really enjoyed it.”
At the end of the event, Daniel Brooks (Mill Hill) was Busby’s closest challenger, finishing strongly with three birdies on the back nine to card a 69, finishing two shots behind at seven under and picking up a £5,000 runners-up cheque to move to the top of the Order of Merit.
Jack Doherty (North Gailes) equalled Busby’s round of 67 to move from level par to take third spot at five under, picking up five birdies and an eagle in his final round.
Gaunt and Turnill both suffered frustrating days, with the Australian recording back to back bogeys from the fifth to drop to three under and although he fought back with three birdies, a double bogey at the 16th meant he finished with a 73 to end the tournament at four under. Turnill joins Gaunt in a four-way tie for fourth with a 73, with Graeme Clark (Doncaster) and Michael Collins (Mallow Golf Range) completing the quartet in fourth.
There’s little rest for the players as the PGA EuroPro Tour moves to Marriott Tudor Park in Kent for the Virgin Atlantic 25th Anniversary Classic, beginning on Tuesday August 4.
Date Posted: 1/08/09, 5.40pm