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Captain’s ace in the pack seals Turkey place

PENNANT Park amateur William Murfitt made his first competitive hole-in-one as the North Wales club reached the Golfplan Insurance Pro Captain Challenge Final in Turkey.

Murfitt said he played the round of his life after teaming up with PGA professional and two-time PGA Cup player Andrew Barnett for the qualifying event held at Dunham Forest Golf Club in Cheshire.

The Flintshire duo booked their place in the final with a 12-under-par round of 60 to win by three shots ahead of Stuart Runcie and David Richmond of Abergele Golf Club.

Pennant Park – which was only founded 18 years ago – will now play in the £25,000 showpiece final to be held at the PGA Sultan Course at Antalya Golf Club in Turkey between November 25-26.

But 10-handicapper Murfitt – aged 25 – put them on their way with the ace at the par three third hole.

“I was quite nervous to start with, especially when they announce your name at the start,” he said.

“But Andrew told me to drive at the third as I seemed to be doing well. But I couldn’t believe it when the ball hit the flag and dropped straight in!

“I’d never done that in a competitive event before so I was thrilled.

“But the fact that we then went on to make the final with a score of 12-under meant it was the round of my life.”

Even then, Holywell-based Murfitt, who works for a finance company, feared they had not done enough.

“We were about midway down the field and you always think someone else is going to beat you, but they didn’t,” he said.

Murfitt was in good hands with Wales international and PGA Cup player Barnett.

“I’ve played golf all over the world but I’ve never reached this final before,” he said.

“So we’re really looking forward to it.

“I had to pull the reins in on Will a couple of times just to calm things down. But he had an excellent day.

“I felt like an extra on Coronation Street – I told him I was there if he needed me.”

Pictured are Andrew Barnettt, left, and Pennant Park captain William Murfitt. Photo by Jan Kruger at Getty Images.