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Dodge races away with victory at Hunley

Dodge races away with victory at Hunley

September 16th, 2011

Dodge Kemmer became the first American to win on the PGA EuroPro Tour after he powered to victory in the Integral Collection Classic.

California-based Kemmer, 24, won the event, the penultimate one of the season, as he finished five shots clear of Jon White (Saunton GC) at the Hunley Hotel and Golf Club in North Yorkshire.

“I hit the ball well on the first day and putted well on the second with a little bit of both on the third,” said Kemmer, who was ranked inside the top 20 in the world amateur rankings before turning professional in 2010.

“I came over to play in the KLM Open (on the European Tour) last week and am playing again next week so I wanted something to play in this week.

“It’s definitely helped with my experience and I won’t get to play as well as this at every course. The Tour is great, well run and everyone I spoke to has been really nice so it’s been a great experience.

“This victory is definitely near the top of my achievements. I’ve only had a couple of wins playing professionally and this was one of my best showings.

“Every day I did something really well and today in the front nine I put it all together and never had to panic. It’s good to know my game is good enough to win and is a good confidence boost going into Tour School.”

Kemmer and Steve Uzzell (Hornsea GC) began the last day sharing the lead but Kemmer made four birdies in his front nine to claim an outright lead that he would not lose as he finished on -9 (207) overall.

Uzzell’s hopes of winning the title and claiming the £10,000 top prize ended with a poor run in the back nine that included five bogeys between the 10th and 15th.

The best round of the final day came from Adam Keogh (Boston West), who shot a 67 (-5) on Friday to be one of three players in tied third on -3 overall along with Uzzell and Toby Burden (Hayling GC).

John Spagnuolo (The Sports Academy) led the competition after an opening day 68 (-4) but finished in 57th after disappointing scores of 79 (+7) on Thursday and 80 (+8) on Friday.

Graeme Clark (Doncaster GC), second in the Order of Merit, looked like missing the cut following a round of 79 (+7) on Wednesday but claimed a place in the top 15 after scores of 66 (-6) and 70 (-2) on the last two days.

The top 60 players have now qualified for the last event of the campaign, the 888poker.com Tour Championship at Mar Menor in Murcia, Spain on October 5-7.

Competition will be fierce as the top five players in the Order of Merit after the Tour Championship will secure their spots on next season’s Challenge Tour.

Only Chris Hanson and Clark have so far won enough money to be guaranteed a spot in the top five in the money list.

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