Steven Tiley has won this year’s Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship following a dramatic final day at Nailcote Hall. Tiley scored -6 on the Cromwell Course to clinch victory and the €50,000 prize that comes with it.
The Challenge Tour player, and former European Tour star, went into the final day as the overnight leader following a fantastic opening round in which he scored -3 to put himself in contention.
In the end it came down to a straight shootout between Tiley and EuroPro star Andrew Marshall. There was only one stroke in it with Marshall ruing the double bogey he scored on the 3rd.
European Tour star, Aaron Rai and 2013 Norma C Herd Silver Salver winner, Craig Lawrie, put themselves into contention, and they along with Tiley found themselves on the same score, and the prospect of a play-off, loomed large.
However, Lawrie fell away after bogeying on the 13th eventually finishing on -4 and when it looked like Rai could go on to triumph after scoring a magnificent hole-in-one, his round ended with a double bogey on the final hole in front of the grandstand, a hole he has struggled with all day.
Speaking of his first ever Farmfoods British Par 3 championship victory, he said: “It was great to play out there today, Andrew put in a fantastic performance to keep me on my toes. Also, my playing partner Craig Lawrie put in a great performance. It is always good to go into battle with people who are also playing well.
"I’d like to thank the event organisers Champions (UK) plc, a lot of things go on behind the scenes at tournaments to make them run smoothly and this event certainly runs smoothly. Also a big thank you to the event host, Tony Jacklin CBE, I’ve read his autobiography before and digged it out again last night for some inspiration. Also a big thank you to Rick and Sue Cressman, Nailcote Hall is a wonderful venue and it is always a wonderful place to play at.”
Italian golfing legend, Costantino Rocca, put in a great final round, and at one stage he looked like he was going to take the lead, before a bogey on the last saw him fall away with a score of -2, but he was pipped to the Super Senior title by Mark McNulty on -3.
Today also saw the event’s first hole-in-one take place courtesy of Staysure Tour star Gary Wolstenholme MBE. He also scored the lowest round of the week so far with a -6 on the day. The Norma C Herd Silver Salver which is awarded to the days best scoring amateur went to David Nelson who ended on +4 finishing ahead of Monday’s junior qualifier Nick Matthews who ended on +10.
There was also a team aspect of the day with Marshall and Sverdlow taking victory in this.
Tomorrow sees this year’s event come to its conclusion as the celebrities take to the course once more for the final Celeb-Am. The stars taking to the course tomorrow include BBC news and sport presenter, Dan Walker, Geordie Shore star Gary ‘Gaz’ Beadle, Coronation Street legend William Roache MBE, former Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman and badminton star Gail Emms MBE.
A whole host of sponsors are supporting this year’s event. Once again, the event’s title sponsor is nationwide supermarket Farmfoods, with leading brand agency Champions (UK) plc returning as event organisers. Other event partners include Nailcote Hall, Volvik, The Eagle Tour, Sky Sports Golf, Liberty Industries Group, Total Motion, Inspirational Magazine, Finest Catch, Sub70 Golf, Champions Celebrity Talent Agency, VPAR, Thomas Lyte, Champions After Dinner Speakers and Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.
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