LEE RHIND has won the Doncaster Open by one shot at Owston Hall, with a 68 on the final day giving him the victory at -12 ahead of three other players.
Uphall star Rhind, who led the PGA EuroPro Tour event after a first round 64, took outright victory after a brief but nervous wait in the clubhouse for overnight joint leader David Clark to finish.
Clark recovered from a bogey at the third to hit four birdies and needed to par the final hole to force a play-off – but missed his putt to hand the victory to Rhind.
“I’m delighted,” said Rhind. “It’s my first professional win and I’m excited to get it out of the way.
“It was good to be up there from the start, but not leading going into the final round probably suited me a little bit – there was less pressure and I could go out there and play my own game.
“It was a little nervy waiting for David to finish – I would have preferred to birdie the last and win outright anyway.
“It was unfortunate that he hit a bogey, but a win’s a win at the end of the day and I’m so happy to have won here.”
Australian John Wade mounted a valiant tilt for a third victory of the year, carding five birdies on his way to a final round 68, but was one stroke short of Rhind.
Forest Pines’ Daniel Greenwood joined Wade and Clark on -11 after also hitting a 68 on the final day, while Graham Clark – who joined namesake David in the overnight lead – finished at -9.
Doncaster-based Clark held par for his opening 11 holes before hitting a birdie at the 11th, but he was unable to make any further ground towards Rhind and finished on level par for the final day after bogeying the 17th.
The best round of the final day saw Australian Nathan Main hit a 67, but he was left among the chasing pack as Rhind scooped the £12,500 winner’s cheque.
The Doncaster Open – Final Round Leaderboard
|1||Lee Rhind (Uphall)||-12||204||64,72,68|
|2=||John Wade (Australia)||-11||205||72,65,68|
|Daniel Greenwood (Forest Pines)||-11||205||67,70,68|
|David Clark (Morpeth)||-11||205||66,69,70|
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