Senior Tour star Barry keeps his cool to win one of UK’s best showcases
Former European Tour winner Barry Lane held off a superb field to win the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship at Nailcote Hall. The Englishman, who now plays on the European Senior Tour, carded an impressive 11-under-par total to take home the title from the two-day event.
Former Open Champion Paul Lawrie, who shot the course record in last year’s event, finished as runner-up.
“The course was fantastic,” said Lane. “Paul didn’t make it easy, especially towards the end but I was confident that I could hold on. It was a wonderful tournament and I’d love to come back to defend my title in 2016.”
Ladies European Tour star Charley Hull also made an early charge in the final round, but was unable to maintain her form to become the championship’s first female winner.
Former English amateur star Gary Wolstenholme - now a professional on the over-50s circuit - equalled the course record earlier in the day with a bogey-free round of eight-under to finish in joint third, with Andrew Sherborne and Andrew Marshall.
Host and two-time major winner Tony Jacklin was on-hand to present the prizes, including the £25,000 first prize to Lane.
The Norma C Herd Silver Salver for leading amateur was taken home by ten-year-old Jack Drury with a score of eight-over-par.
Carl Mason, who is the highest career money winner on the European Senior Tour, scooped the £5,000 Super Senior prize for the third year running, finishing on level par. Mason is always a strong competitor at the championship and won in 1999. The leading team prize was also won by Barry Lane with his playing partner David Nelson who finished on a joint score of 14-under.