NICK McCarthy has claimed his first victory on the PGA EuroPro Tour after edging out Scott Henry in the second extra hole of a play-off.
McCarthy (Moortown) and Henry (The Carrick on Loch Lomond) had both finished on ten-under after three rounds at the Formby Hall Classic in Merseyside.
But McCarthy triumphed to collect the Â£10,000 winnerâ€™s prize and move a step closer to advancing to the Challenge Tour.
â€œIâ€™m a bit shocked and donâ€™t know what to do but it just feels fantastic,â€ said 22-year-old McCarthy.
â€œI had a game plan for the week, stuck to it and that got me through. I came up here a few days before the tournament and had played Formby Hall last year so knew there were holes when you could attack and holes you had to settle for par.
â€œAt the beginning of the year I had a target to be in the top five and this has just boosted me and brought me closer. There are four tournaments left and then the Tour Championships so Iâ€™m hoping for a good finish to the season.
â€œIâ€™ve won Â£13,000 from the Tour so far this year and if I can get it to Â£20,000 that should be enough.â€
Leeds-based McCarthy has played on the Tour since April 2009 and hopes to follow in the footsteps of former members Louis Oosthuizen and Ross Fisher, who recently won the Open and the Irish Open respectively.
McCarthyâ€™s previous best finish came in August 2009 when he came tied fourth at Wychwood Park in Cheshire, although he had threatened to beat that earlier this campaign.
He had led going into the final day at Longhirst Hall, Northumberland but eventually finished sixth before he finished in the same position a week later at Bovey Castle, Devon.
â€œIt makes a big difference moving from amateur golf to the EuroPro Tour and on the Tour you learn how to shoot low numbers,â€ added McCarthy.
“A couple of times in the past I have been in contention but not been able to finish it off. But winning this gives me a lot of confidence and then you look at the big names who have played on the Tour. You think if they can do it then why canâ€™t I?â€
Henry picks up Â£5,000 for his second place, while Order of Merit leader Daniel Gaunt has extended his lead at the top of the money list after he came third.
Matt Allen finished fourth with four players â€“ Matthew Baldwin (Royal Birkdale), Ian Keenan (Royal Liverpool), Graeme Clark (Doncaster GC) and Steve Uzzell (Hornsea GC) – all in tied fifth place.