First Pro Win For Harris

First Pro Win For Harris

May 17th, 2008

THERE WAS final day drama at The Bristol Golf Club as rookie pro Geoffrey Harris scooped his first senior win to take The Mortgage Group Classic on the 2004 PGA EuroPro Tour.

Harris’s course record round of 63 (seven-under-par) was enough to leave him one stroke ahead of three other players – although were it not for a rule infringement he would have not picked up the £10,000 winner’s cheque himself.

South African Michiel Bothma had ended his tournament with a total score of 197 (13-under-par), two shots ahead of Harris, but he was disqualified for failing to sign his scorecard.

And Reading-based Harris, who shot a clean round of seven birdies to finish on 199 (11-under-par), admitted the manner of his win had taken the gloss off slightly.

“This isn’t the way I wanted to win to be honest, but having started the day in 21st position I’ll certainly take it.

“I was really pleased with the way I put my round together and this win will help me finance my schedule for the rest of the year.

The second-placed trio all fired in excellent rounds to climb the leaderboard at the right time, with Lee Rhind (Uphall) also shooting a course record 63 after some excellent putting and James Godbold (Renotex) and David Ray (Glamorgan Telecom) firing 64s to card returns of 200 (10-under-par) exactly.

Overnight leader Chris Sands dropped back to level-fifth place with five other players after only managing a par round to end his tournament.

There was also a bonus for David Close, already a winner on the tour in 2004, as he became the first of a group of players to hit a 63 during the tournament and create the new course record.

Close’s feat earned him a crate of Carlsberg Beer from sponsors Carlsberg for recording the lowest score of the week.

LEADERBOARD

POS

SCORE

NAME

ATTACHMENT

RD 1

RD 2

RD 3

PRIZE£

1

199

-11

Geoffrey Harris

Reading GC

69

67

63

£10,000

2=

200

-10

Lee Rhind

Uphall

68

69

63

£3,108

James Godbold

Renotex

66

70

64

£3,108

David Ray

Glamorgan Telecom

67

69

64

£3,108

5=

201

-9

Simon Lilly

Wellingborough

70

65

66

£1,075

Michael Nesbit

Matfen Hall

68

67

66

£1,075

James Holmes

Mornflake Oats

70

64

67

£1,075

Ciaran McMonagle

Ireland

66

68

6

£1,075

Sam Pigott

West Malling

66

67

68

£1,075

Chris Sands

Surrenda-Link

67

64

70

£1,075

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