Oliver Whiteley (Sherwood Recruitment) won the ISM International on the first playoff hole at Morley Hayes Golf Club.
Whiteley was tied in first place with South African Michiel Bothma (Woodhill – Pretoria) in regulation, each with a fourteen under par total. Both players had started the final day as joint leaders on eleven under, but they could not be split on the final day as both returned three under par scores of 69 for a 202.
When they returned to the eighteenth, Whiteley made par but Bothma, having recovered well from finding a bunker, watched as his par putt horseshoed out to hand Whiteley the title and £10,000 first prize.
Whiteley said, “This is just fantastic. It’s brilliant that my friends and family came along to support me as they kept me really relaxed on my way round”. Referring to his playing partner, he added, “Michiel is a real gentleman and I really enjoyed it”.
Bothma reflected on his narrow defeat, commenting, “I lost it off the tees today. I had trouble hitting the fairways which cost me a couple of shots and that would have been enough to win it, but Oliver played really well and deserved to win”.
Whiteley’s win is even more remarkable considering that his driver snapped under the grip whilst teeing off from the seventh in the second round. Under the rules, he was allowed to replace the driver, and so played the remaining twenty-seven holes with a hire club from the Pro Shop.
Third place was shared by several players who all returned eleven under par totals of 205, three shots off the winning score. Lee Slattery (Formby Hall), Tim Rice (Limerick), Greg Hyde (Bondhay), Matt Morris (BLS Communications) and Aran Wainwright will each take home £1,615 as a result.
Craig Goodfellow (Eden) shot and incredible final round 65 to finish in joint eighth place alongside Stephen Pullan (Wike Ridge) and Paddy Gribben from Ireland.
For full results, visit the ISM International under the Tournaments section.