German golfer claims narrow English Mid Amateur victory after tense finale at Brokenhurst Manor
By ECG Newsdesk
Germany's Jorg Paulus snatched a one-shot win in the Logan Trophy in a dramatic finale at Brokenhurst Manor in Hampshire.
He surged to victory with two stunning holes, while an 18th hole disaster befell Martin Young, the long-time leader from the host club.
Paulus had counted himself out of the English Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship after 15 holes, when he trailed Young by three. However, he transformed his fortunes with an eagle on 16 and a birdie on 17.
Despite a three-putt on 18, he returned a third round 68 and set a championship target of one-under.
Behind him on the course, Young had battled to see off a number of challengers and, after a birdie on 16 and a great par save on 17, he reached the 18th tee at two-under. But, he thought he needed a birdie to win and, going for it, he tugged his tee shot left into an ugly lie in deep rough.
The large crowd of spectators watched in silence as the ball firstly refused to come out of the rough and then went in a bunker. Young eventually left the green with a double-bogey six, a championship total of level par – and facing up to the end of his dream of regaining the title at his home club. “I tried my best,” he said.
Young, who was the 2006 champion, dropped into a share of second place with Woburn’s John Kemp, who won the Logan in 2013. He birdied the 18th to post a 68, having moved steadily up the leaderboard throughout the championship.
Paulus watched the drama unfold on the 18th and said afterwards: “I wasn’t in the hunt after the 15th green. I was one-over for the tournament and I knew Martin was two-under. I didn’t really think about it and then I made a magnificent putt on the 16th and hit a magnificent 6-iron to the 17th.
“It was my time, my luck. It’s not often you get a combination of those shots at that stage in a tournament.”
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