Final Tour School – played over The Bedford Golf Club & The Pavenham Golf Club Courses.
Overnight leader 22 year-old SHANE FRANKLIN from Galway in Ireland, started slowly in his last round. He was playing with two experienced partners in ROB McGUIRK and MARK FAIRHALL. Shane got it going again by holing some good putts late in his round to finish on a total of 11 under par.
A brilliant result for a young man who last week was a totally unknown Amateur golfer, who had done very little in the Irish Amateur Tournaments. Many Irish players in the Tour School hardly knew any form of this young star, he will surely be contacted now by Irish Based Management Companies who will want to help lead him in his new career.
Matthew Ford from Kent, who played as an Amateur in the British Squad, and is currently the Kent County Champion, turned professional less than six months ago.
Matthew started the day five shots adrift of the overnight leader after two rounds. He played a faultless round in very cold and windy conditions, with 6 birdies and 12 pars to shoot a brilliant six under par 66 and be the clubhouse leader on 11 under par for more than an hour. Surely another young star in the making.
Experienced top-class Amateur RICHARD FINCH who joined the Professional ranks last year when signing up with Matchroom Golf Management raced to the turn in 4 under par, then added a fifth birdie at the tenth hole to take him into a two shot lead on 12 under for the Tournament. Finch held it together well on the back nine but sadly he had a plugged lie in a bunker at the 18th hole and had to settle for a bogey to finish also on 11 under total.
The experienced Rob McGuirk who has played regularly on the Challenge Tour for the last three years was in close touch and playing in the last match immediately behind Finch, he then double- bogeyed the tenth hole when going out of bounds, but finished very strongly with five birdies in his round and had good birdie chances at both the 17th and 18th holes but neither of them dropped, McGuirk finished also on 11 under par total.
These four players finished three shots clear of Darryl Berry, Andrew Butterfield and Craig Farrelly.
Each year this Developmental Tour finds many ” rising stars ” many of which make it through to the European Tour School and earn their full European Card opening opportunities of fame and fortune.
In 2004 The PGA Euro Pro Tour has had more than 200 new players become members, in addition to those who play regularly on the Tour.
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