Past and present EuroPro Tour players Richard Finch and Seve Benson enjoyed fantastic wins on the European and Challenge Tour’s at the weekend.
Finch won the Irish Open at the Adare Manor in Limerick while Benson scooped the Piemonte Open in Torino.
For Finch, the €416,660 he picks up for the victory is the icing on the cake as the man from Hull is now fifth in The European Tour Order of Merit and up to tenth in the Ryder Cup Points List. Finch finished two shots clear of Felipe Aguilar on ten under after the final round – where he literally caused a splash on the final hole. He put himself in trouble by driving into the rough and over-hitting his lay-up shot onto the edge of the riverbank. With a good enough lie to go for the green, he launched himself into the shot, losing his balance and falling into the water. His caddie dragged him out of the water and he went on to three putt for bogey and wrapped up the title. Finch played on the EuroPro Tour in 2003 and 2004, finishing eighth on the money list in his final year before moving onto the European Tour.
Benson set the foundations for his win by breaking the course record at the Royal Park Golf and Country Club with a ten under par 62 in the second round. He held off the challenge of Switzerland’s Raphael De Sousa on Saturday to win by three strokes, victory all the more impressive given the 21 year-old was struggling with illness on the second and third rounds. This win on his first Challenge Tour event follows his win on his EuroPro Tour debut in the first event this year at Wensum Valley (pictured).
“Results like these just go to show the phenomenal talent that is coming through the PGA EuroPro Tour,” said Eddie Hearn, the Tour’s chief executive. “I’m sure both of these players will put a lot of their recent success down to the experience they gained playing on the PGAEPT. There are so many more great players waiting to step up to the next level and we are providing a platform for them to do so. The PGAEPT is an integral part of the development of the game and over the next few year’s you will see more and more Tour graduates gracing the winners circle on golf’s big stage.”
The Tour moves to Ireland this week as Faithlegg in Waterford hosts the fourth event of the year, where Alan Murray will hope to make it back to back wins in his home town after victory in Northampton last week.
Date Posted: 19/05/08