EUROPRO TOUR star Lee Slattery confirmed his status as one of Europe’s brightest young golfers by taking his first Challenge Tour title on last weekend.
Slattery, 26, picked up €21,030 by winning the Telia Grand Prix in Sweden and has now secured his 2005 European Tour card for his performances in nine Challenge Tour events.
Defying 40 mile per hour winds, Slattery overcame a seven-shot deficit to Graeme Storm in the final round to finish on 281 – enough to take top spot.
“I’m made up to get my first Challenge Tour win,” said Slattery, who has been in devastating form in the past two months, picking up four top three finishes and a victory in nine Challenge Tour events.
“It feels a bit surreal to think I’ll be on The European Tour next season, but I am delighted. The wind was wild out there, there were points when you were being blown away from your shots, but I grew up with links golf and it certainly helped to have those shots in the bag.
“I just had to play sensibly more than anything because I knew that pars would be good enough out there, and then to make two birdies in a row to finish with was perfect.
“I had to wait for about an hour and a quarter before the last games came in, and I sat in the clubhouse watching the hole by hole scores coming in and everybody was going backwards because of the wind.”
Remarkably, Slattery now sits second on both the Challenge Tour and EuroPro Tour Orders of Merit after having also won two EPT events this season.