Brave play-off win for McIntyre
David Morgan - Monday, 21 June, 2010
'I was one under after six. It was all going so so but I was OK. Then my golf got sloppy - that three putt on my ninth was a sign', added last year's champion.
Eddie McIntyre was seven over par with seven holes to play. He then produced approach after approach to those last seven greens, none of which was more than 1-ft from the flag. In went three of those birdies and Eddie knew he had a very respectable score.
Shirley was in superb condition and when asked about the rough, 2009 Champion Andrew Carmen shook his head -
'It was nothing to worry about.'
'I got my 18th and after a not so good drive, I still had only 120 yards in, a gentle 9 iron.'
That approach though was pulled left, just off the green but in a slightly clumpy lie. Carman's chip wasn't his best so the resulting bogey meant another 76 - and a play-off.
Accompanied by suited and booted fellow competitors, all consoling themselves about a scoreboard where there were only another four sub 80 scores. McIntyre went first and was straight down the middle. Carman pulled his approach into the trees, actually right under a bush. His attempted recover hit a twig and dropped five feet in the clear but faced with a pitch over a greenside bunker to a firm green.
That approach was probably played as well as it could have been and McIntyre responded with his own wedge to half the distance.
Intent holes putts and Andrew pulled his bag towards the next tee with no flinching whatsoever so the 16ft par putt duly went in to the amazement of all watching.
Eddie left his birdie on the professional side of the hole so up the 11th they went.
The Olton player's approach was pin high but just off the green. Finham's response was way long, onto the bank at the back of the green.
From there Andrew putted a short as Eddie was past with his first putt. The Finham par save was low and calmly Eddie slotted home from 6ft -
'I was second a couple of years ago. This win is superb - it will cost me few drinks in the bar though!', said a beaming McIntyre.
Other trophy winners:
3rd place - 79 - Albert McKay (Kenilworth)
Directors Cup (55-59) - 79 - Neil Stewart (Nuneaton)
Jim Dean Cup (60-64)- 79 - Ron Edmondson (Stoneleigh)
Dudley Evans Trophy for the Best Nett - 72 - Paul Jewell (Ladbrook Park)
Karl Bretherton Trophy (65-69)- 83 - Keith Turton (Harborne)
Cyril Jewsbury Trophy (70 +)- 84 - John Lawton (Moor Hall)
For the GROSS scores CLICK HERE
For the NETT scores CLICK HERE