Berlin Senior Open
Local hope, Simon Marshall, started the last round nervously in front of the home crowd. A 7 at the first killed his chances of winning but fought back bravely to score 73 and finish third. Matt Briggs held a 3 shot overnight lead over David James. Both players struggled to adapt to the greens that had slowed considerably from round two. Matt 3 putted the 4th and 4 putted the fifth. David was able to force a couple birdies using power to drive the par 4 6th and reach the par 5 8th in two shots. Scores remained close until the tournament was decided at the 16th. Matt’s ball had missed the green to the left of the par 3 and lay playable in the edge of a water hazard. 10 yards of rough separated him from a firm green that sloped steeply downhill and left to right away. His delicately floated a pitch on onto the edge of the green and well to the left of the direct line. Spectator excitement rose as the ball moved like a glacier down a mountain. The suspense was finally broken by a cheer as the ball dropped in to the hole for a birdie 2. Matt reinforced the triumph by almost holing a 7 iron approach to the demanding 18th. The fescue grass course was well recieved and so were the whispers of increased sponsorship for 2015.
|Berlin Senior Open||24-26/09/2014|
|Leading Amateur||Tomi Tirkonen||74,80,74||228||+12|