Jack Doherty held his nerve in the home straight to complete a one stroke win at nine under par in the PGA EuroPro Tour’s Green17 Faithlegg Championship in Ireland.
Doherty (North Gailes – pictured) was one of five player’s two strokes behind leading duo Kieran Staunton (Woodcote Park) and Scott Jamieson going into Friday’s final round, but as the leading pair slipped up, the Scotsman capitalised with a final round of 69 to follow his level par opening round and a fantastic 66 in the second round for a tournament score of 207 to claim the £10,000 winner’s cheque.
The 27 year-old’s victory is all the more impressive given the number of players who put him under pressure in the closing stages. Doherty always looked in good shape after shaking off a bogey at the first with birdies at the seventh, tenth, 11th and 13th before keeping his cool with pars to the finish – but nothing was ever certain on a day where so many players were in contention.
George Woolgar (Capitalservices.com) flew out of the blocks with three birdies to move to eight under, and birdies at the tenth and 11th saw him touch ten under for the tournament. He was unable to press home his advantage though, dropping those two shots straight away with bogeys at 12 and 13 and although he picked up his 12th birdie of the tournament at the 14th he ruled himself out with a bogey-bogey finish to end two under for the day, seven under for the tournament (209) leaving him to ponder what might have been in third place.
Woolgar’s lapse seemed to open the door for Andrew Thorpe (Peterborough Milton) who recorded three birdies from the 13th to move to eight under – but Thorpe couldn’t grab another birdie in the closing three holes and finished at eight under (208) for the tournament, one shot behind Doherty in second.
Steve Surry (Cumberwell Park) was tied in second spot overnight and was cut from 6/1 to 5/1 when Sky Bet released their final round prices. Had it not been for a quadruple bogey eight on the fourth, Surry could’ve finished much higher than the fourth spot he shared with Paul Dwyer (Clitheroe), Anthony Tarchetti (Princes), James Busby (The Shropshire) and James Hepworth (Ilkley GC). The latter recorded the lowest round of the day – 68 – along with Ian Ridgway (Regency Factors) and Adam Constable (Cardiff GC).
Constable is joined in ninth spot by Paul O’Hanlon (Curragh) and overnight leader Staunton who shot a 75. Fellow final round leader Jamieson recorded six bogeys on the back nine to shoot 77 and finish tied in 19th spot.
Ridgway’s final round saw him finish in a cluster of seven players in 12th spot, including Scotsman Elliot Saltman (Aegon) and New Zealander James Gill.
The next event on the PGA EuroPro Tour takes place at Prince’s Golf Club in Kent on June 9-12. Full scores from the Green17 Faithlegg Championship are available at [url=https://europrotour.com/]www.europrotour.com[/url] via the Score Updates link on the homepage.
GREEN17 FAITHLEGG CHAMPIONSHIP – FINAL RESULT
1 Jack Doherty 72, 66, 69 – 207 -9 £10,000
2 Andrew Thorpe 69, 69, 70 – 208 -8 £5,000
3 George Woolgar 70, 69, 70 – 209 -7 £2,500
=4 James Hepworth 70, 72, 68 – 210 -6 £1,240
=4 Paul Dwyer 74, 67, 69 – 210 -6 £1,240
=4 Anthony Tarchetti 72, 69, 69 – 210 -6 £1,240
=4 James Busby 72, 67, 71 – 210 -6 £1,240
=4 Steve Surry 73, 65, 72 – 210 -6 £1,240
=9 Adam Constable 70, 73, 68 – 211 -5 £800
=9 Paul O’Hanlon 73, 69, 69 – 211 -5 £800
=9 Kieran Staunton 68, 68, 75 – 211 -5 £800
Date Posted: 15/05/09