By Richard Williamson
FORMER Lancashire county champion Sean Towndrow made a birdie three on the first sudden death play-off hole to beat Bradley Moore and claim his first PGA EuroPro Tour title at Caversham Heath.
The pair played the final round together and both posted -14 totals by signing for two 68s on a topsy-turvy day when 15 players had a realistic chance of getting their hands on the trophy.
Towndrow got to -15 with six birdies and six pars through 12 holes and he showed great grit to hole a slick 20-foot downhill par putt at the tricky par three 13th. He went bogey-birdie-bogey over the next three holes before finishing off with a couple of pars.
Moore had looked to be in pole position with a couple of holes to go before bogeying the 17th from a greenside bunker and parring the 18th.
But it was the Southport & Ainsdale player who emerged victorious by navigating the 18th hole in picture-perfect fashion and holing a 12-foot birdie putt in the play-off.
“I hit driver as best as I can and had 112 yards, which is perfect for me with a 52° wedge,” said Towndrow. “I’d been pitching really nicely all day and to do that under the gun was really good. I’m ecstatic and still in a bit of shock but it’s starting to sink in.”
Towndrow later tweeted: “Massive thanks to everyone for your kind messages, overwhelmed! Huge thanks to my sponsors and @Golfing4Life for securing me invites on to @PGAEuroProTour this year! Played in great spirit today with @Bradleymoore97 Can’t thank everyone enough, the support has been fantastic!”
John Parry and Neil Fenwick tied for third on -13, with a group of five players in a share of fifth, including Race to Desert Springs leader Richard Mansell and Marco Penge.
Towndrow, who successfully overcame a rare form of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma after 12 months of treatment in 2017, jumps 51 places to sixth in the Race to Desert Springs and has now made the cut in four of his five appearances this year, including seventh at The Matchroom Sport Championship in May.