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August 2018

Lane Not Resting On Laurels Ahead Of Willow Senior Golf Classic Defense

Staysure-tourLast year’s Willow Senior Golf Classic champion Barry Lane is taking nothing for granted as he prepares to defend his title at Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club this week.

The 1993 Ryder Cup player won in record fashion in 2017, carding the lowest-ever round on the Staysure Tour, a 12 under par 60, and a then-record tournament low of 22 under par.

Lane secured his sixth title on the European over-50s circuit, winning by five strokes from Scotland’s Gary Orr.

“It brings back great memories being here,” said Lane. “It’s really nice being the defending champion and coming back to the same golf course. It’s in good condition and the grass is lush because of the weather we’ve had recently.

“When you’re out there you remember the shots you hit and how you played, it’s a nice reminder.

“Although I shot 60, I had all the pressure on me on the Sunday to go out there and shoot a decent score and finish the job.

“It’s a very good course but, if you don’t focus, it’ll bite you. I know I have to go out there and forget about what I’ve done before. It’s nice playing on a course where you know you can go low – you still have to go out there and do it.”

Reigning Staysure Tour Number One Clark Dennis uses Hanbury Manor as a base when he travels to Europe from his home in Texas, and the American is relishing the prospect of playing on ‘home’ soil this week.

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Calum Hill (FGP Original) Claims Dramatic Galgorm Victory (European - Challenge Tour)

Calum-Hill-Winner-Northern-Ireland-OpenCalum Hill soared up the leaderboard with a closing 64 to claim his maiden European Challenge Tour title in dramatic fashion at the Galgorm Resort and Spa NI Open, presented by Modest! Golf.

The Scot started the day four shots behind overnight co-leaders Scott Henry and Victor Perez and began to climb the leaderboard immediately by driving the green on the 336-yard par four second before going on to hole the eagle putt.

After reaching the turn in 33 Hill made his move over the back nine, reeling off four birdies in eight holes before narrowly missing an eagle putt on the 18th.

The 23 year old tapped in for birdie to reach 19 under par overall, and after Henry dropped four shots over his closing three holes it was Hill who was crowned champion.

Making just his fifth Challenge Tour start this week, Hill admitted he was lost for words following his one-shot triumph.

 

“I can’t believe it,” he said. “On the stretch I was hitting a few great shots and was holing a few great putts but I thought it would be for second or third place – not for the victory.

“I really narrowly missed a putt on 18 for eagle which was just hanging over the edge – I thought that would make it interesting as Scott was 22 under when I was going down 17 and I made a birdie to get to 18 under. I didn’t even think it would be close.


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