Chris Paisley puts in a fighting display

FORMER Walker Cup player Chris Paisley signed for a five-under 66 in the second round of the Apulia San Domenico Grand Final, the closing Challenge Tour event of the season.

Golfer Chris Paisley

FORMER Walker Cup player Chris Paisley signed for a five-under 66 in the second round of the Apulia San Domenico Grand Final, the closing Challenge Tour event of the season.

With Ashington’s Kenneth Ferrie struggling to hang on to his European Tour card, Paisley, who is attached to Close House, could be Northumberland’s only representative on the main circuit next season.

The Mickley golfer was living up to the sentiments he expressed in yesterday’s Journal following a disappointing first round of par 71.

Following an encouraging post-round session in Savelletri, Italy, with coach Andrew Nicholson, Paisley said he had never looked forward more to a round all season than the one he was to play yesterday, and he backed up the fighting talk with an outstanding performance.

His bogey free round containing five birdies lifted him 10 places to tied 23rd. This suggests he might well get the two more low rounds he needs to achieve a better class of card on the European Tour next season, although he is already guaranteed around 20 starts.

Penrith’s Gary Lockerbie scored a second 68 to share 10th place. Denmark’s Joachim B Hansen is two shots clear of the field after a 62.

On Close House’s Colt course yesterday, 18-year-old Matthew Fitzpatrick from Yorkshire won the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship by seven shots, a landslide victory to place alongside his 10&8 triumph in the British Boys Championship final earlier this season.

The only North East player in the Telegraph event, Kelly McNulty, hung in there bravely to end her tough week with her best score of the tournament, a 79.

Fitzpatrick closed with his worst, a 74. But his second round 68 -– in the rain – was still being spoken of in awe by members despite the preferred lies in operation on the day.

In the 17 months since the Colt opened, nobody has officially signed for anything to match the par 71 by City of Newcastle’s Phil Ridden in last year’s Journal Champion of Champions – the course record.

“I’m thrilled with winning,” said Fitzpatrick, who was followed by members of his club, Hallamshire. “This is the perfect ending to the year, but it’s back to school for me next Friday.”

FINAL SCORES

Boys: 215 Matthew Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire) 73 68 74; 222 Joe Brooks (Brickendon Grange) 71 73 78; 224 Bobby Keeble (Abridge) 73 76 75; 225 Craig Howie (Peebles) 71 74 80; 228 Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park) 79 74 75; 230 Will Poole (Mendip Spring) 79 77 74; 235 Thomas Butterworth (Harewood Downs) 78 75 82; 236 Euan Walker (Barassie) 82 78 76; 243 Nicky Frost (Boston Cow-Bridge) 85 78 80; 244 Liam Orchard ((Sittingbourne & Milton Regis) 75 88 81; 246 Daniel Reeves (Old Padeswood) 81 82, 83; 248 Joshua Garside (Prestbury) 80 81 87.

Girls: 222 Emily Taylor (Hillside) 73 75 74; 225 Samantha Giles (St Mellion) 75 73 77; 228 Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth) 78 73 77; 229 Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall) 74 76 79; 241 Sarah Gee (West Wilts) 79 83 79, Eloise Healey (West Lancashire) 80 80 81; 243 Charlotte Leathem (Styal) 85 82 76; 246 Emily Coleman (Trentham) 86 79 83; 247 Kelly McNulty (Whitley Bay) 80 88 79.

 
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