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Heath wins the Tour Championship after play-off

Heath wins the Tour Championship after play-off

October 2nd, 2010

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JAMES Heath has won the biggest event in the 2010 PGA EuroPro Tour season after triumphing in a dramatic three-way play-off.

After three rounds of the Marfin Popular Bank EuroPro Tour Championship, Heath, Kevin Harper (East Devon) and Lawrence Dodd were all tied on seven-under.

However, Heath won the play-off at Aphrodite Hills Golf in Paphos, Cyprus to collect the €20,000 winner’s prize and also advance to next season’s Challenge Tour.

Elsewhere, Scotland’s Craig Lee (Aspire Golf Centre) made a late surge to finish in tied fourth after being well down the leaderboard on the opening day.

He shot a first round total of seven-over 77, followed that with a five-under 65 on Friday and produced a sensational round of eight-under 62 on Saturday.

Lee was joined in fourth place by Matt Allen and George Woolgar, who also finished on six-under for the tournament.

Gareth Shaw came seventh on five-under, while Robert Steele (Kenilworth / Forest of Arden), Gareth Davies (Abbeydale GC) and Scott Henry (The Carrick on Loch Lomond) shared eighth place.

Ireland’s Brendan McCarroll had a two-shot lead going into the final day but a final day round of five-over ended his hopes and saw him finish in tied 11th.

He was joined on three-under by Tim Rice and Nicky Harris, an early leader on the opening day.

This was the final event of the season and critical as this would decide who qualified for next season’s Challenge Tour and be only one step away from joining the golfing elite on the Challenge Tour.

In previous seasons, the players who finished the campaign in the top five on the EuroPro Tour Order of Merit advanced to the Challenge Tour.

However, seven players from the 2010 EuroPro Tour will move up to the Challenge Tour. Daniel Gaunt (winner of a Challenge Tour event earlier in the year) and Craig Lee (guaranteed a place in the top 80 of the Challenge Tour money list) had already secured their spots at the higher level.

As they both finished inside the top five on the EuroPro Tour Order of Merit, that meant the men finished sixth and seventh have also advanced.

So the seven players advancing to next season’s Challenge Tour are Daniel Gaunt, Matthew Evans, James Hepworth, James Heath, Craig Lee, Nick McCarthy and Ian Keenan.

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