Sharvin seals ‘overdue’ victory at Notts Golf Club to cap a magnificent week for Irish golfers
Irish eyes were smiling after Cormac Sharvin won the Brabazon Trophy, supported by Your Golf Travel, and his fellow countrymen also claimed second place and a share of third.
Sharvin finished on seven-under-par at Notts Golf Club, a stroke ahead of Gavin Moynihan, who closed with a six-under 66, and three ahead of Jack Hume, Lancashire’s Paul Kinnear and American Charlie Danielson.
Twenty-two-year-old Sharvin has been knocking on the door of a big win after a string of impressive finishes.
“It means the world to get over the line,” he said. “I have given myself so many chances this year. It’s great to get it done.”
His victory also strengthens his claim for a place in the GB&I Walker Cup team for this September’s match. He said: “It puts my name in the equation a bit more.”
Sharvin had one big slice of luck as he pinned down the biggest win of his career. He needed a par four on the last to clinch the title but his 7-iron second shot sailed over the green only to hit the clubhouse wall and rebound around a sponsor’s board before finishing close to the green.
From there he chipped to within a foot and holed out for the win. “You need to get a bit of luck,” he laughed afterwards.
Sharvin delighted the watching crowd with a full array of short game skills as he got up and down from some challenging situations on the home stretch. “The back nine is tricky and I holed a lot of good putts under pressure,” added the champ, who arrived at Hollinwell with a new putter and new putting technique, going from cack-handed to conventional, after being dissatisfied with his performance at the Amateur Championship.
The Irish contingent clearly came out in determined mood and the leaderboard was soon reflecting their charge. Gavin Moynihan (The Island) made rapid strides, reaching the turn in four-under 32, helped by three birdies and an eagle, before playing the back nine in 34.
Despite his finish, however, he insisted that he never expected to win. “I was 20th at the start of the day and I was just trying to finish in the top ten,” said Moynihan. “Obviously, I would have liked to have been in a play-off, but I have no regrets. I’m delighted for Cormac. He has been knocking on the door for ages and he was due a win.”
Jack Hume (Naas, Ireland) shot a final round 69 to move into a share of third place on four-under, while others Irish players were also pushing hard. In total five of them finished 11th or better. “It’s a great day for the Irish, I’m proud of everyone,” said Sharvin.
The leading Englishman was Paul Kinnear (Formby) who also signed off with a 69, tying third on his return from injury. “I’m made up, it’s a massive confidence boost,” he said.
Yorkshire’s Jonathan Thomson (Lindrick) was a shot behind in sixth place and won the George Henriques Salver, awarded to the leading GB&I player under 20 years of age. He played steadily for a one-over 73 and, after playing in the final group, said: “It’s the first time I’ve been in this position and I’m really pleased with the way I played under pressure.”
Double European champion Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park) and Ben Taylor (Walton Heath) shared seventh. Taylor led for the first two rounds and was only a shot off the pace at the start of the final round. He set off well and at one stage had caught Sharvin, but two double-bogeys on the back nine derailed his challenge.
The Philip Scrutton Jug for the player with the best aggregate score over the Brabazon and Berkshire Trophies was won by Jake Burnage of Saunton on 573.