Final round emergency can’t halt Penge in bid to win prestigious title
A medical emergency disrupted play in the final round of the Peter McEvoy Trophy at Copt Heath but nothing could derail Marco Penge from a record-equalling victory.
Players had to wait for over two hours while emergency services tended to a member who was injured in a fall on the course.
Penge, however, was unfazed by the delay and, when play resumed, he completed a round of 66 for a total of 12-under.
That placed him at the top of the leaderboard, eight shots clear of Kedleston Park’s Bradley Moore, who was runner-up for the second year in a row having won the title in 2013.
“When we were waiting, I heard someone say the record was 12-under and I made that my goal,” said Penge, a boy international from Golf at Goodwood in Sussex.
“I got to 12-under with three holes to play but I three-putted the 16th - I went for the first putt to try to get the record! Then I missed a short birdie putt on 17 but I birdied the last to tie the record.”
Penge, 16, started the tournament in fine style, with a six-under 65, which included six consecutive birdies in his first nine holes from the 13th to the 18th.
He returned a steady, level-par 71 in the second round and, in the third, was three-over after nine before the birdies returned. “I shot four-under on the back nine to get to one-under and finished with three birdies on the trot,” he said.
“I could have been a lot lower in the last round, but it was a good score.”
Penge added that the foundations for his success were rooted in his strong performance off the tee. “I kept it in play, I only went at the pins when I could and I aimed for the middle of the green when they were tucked away,” he said.
Penge’s win underlines a good start to the season in which he has already won a Faldo Series event, qualified for the matchplay in the Spanish Amateur and finished 11th in the Duncan Putter in Wales.
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