Laskey lands EuroPro title with two-shot win
PUBLISHED: 12:07 01 September 2016 | UPDATED: 12:07 01 September 2016
Mark Laskey completed a hat-trick of HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour titles by winning the FORE Business Championship at The Oxfordshire.
The Brocket Hall/Team Honma player from Welwyn Garden City finished on 16-under-par to take victory, his first of the season, by two shots to move up to second on the Race To Desert Springs Order of Merit with the £10,000 win.
“It feels so good to finally get the win,” said Laskey.
The triumph also handed him an exemption to the second stage of European Tour Qualifying School.
The winner, and playing partner Alex Wrigley (Hartlepool Golf Club), began the round tied in the lead at nine-under-par with Jack Harrison (Wildwood Golf Club) and Craig Hinton (LJD Technology Services).
However, Harrison carded a one-over-par final-round 73 to finish tied eighth while Hinton shot a 78 and finished tied 27th.
Hillsborough Golf Club’s Joe Dean shot a final-round 68 to finish third on -11, but as the final pairing played their back nine it was effectively matchplay between Laskey and Wrigley.
The duo stayed neck-and-neck for much of the round but Hertfordshire’s Laskey birdied the par-three 15th after a tee shot which almost rolled in for an ace.
Both then bogeyed the 17th but having to attack the hole for birdie to force the play-off, Wrigley dropped another shot, making Laskey the victor by two.
“Alex and I were both pushing each other along,” said Laskey.
“I knew he was going to keep making birdies so I knew I had to keep doing the same.
“We weren’t looking at leaderboards, but I knew if I could beat Alex it would probably be good enough.
“I holed some crucial putts. The one at the last, I felt Alex was going to hole his so needed mine, and that was a big putt.
“Getting the Tour School exemption is really good because now I can focus on second stage.
“We have some good courses coming up; Hawkstone I like and Moor Allerton I have won at before, so I am looking forward to hitting those venues and trying to see out that top five.”
The HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour continues this week with the Cobra Puma Golf Championship at Hawkstone Park.
Highlights of the FORE Business Championship will air on Sky Sports on Tuesday, September 6.
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