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Tom returns to win thriller at Royal Liverpool

ROYAL Liverpool’s Tom Heggarty beat a record field to win the 2015 Cheshire Strokeplay Championships at his home club.

The son of Royal Liverpool head pro John, had just returned from completing a four-year golf scholarship at Tennessee University where he will return to do a Masters degree later in the year.

He showed his local knowledge was still in great evidence as he set the pace in round one with a 70, matched by former Cheshire captain David Peel (Stockport).

Junior star Rhys Nevin-Wharton was the main man in round two with a neat 69.

Other sub par rounds came from James McCormick (Styal) and Matthew Jordan (Royal Liverpool) with 71’s while Heggarty kept up his victory charge with a level par 72.

The final day saw the field cut to 42 and as the winds strengthened the scores rose dramatically with the best coming from Heggarty, McCormick and Jordan, all on 73.

The final round produced even more drama as McCormick went into the lead by a shot on the ninth from Heggarty who hit back to lead by two on the 13th.

McCormick eagled the 16th to draw level with Heggarty who posted a birdie. A double bogey on 17 by McCormick gave Heggarty a one-shot edge to take the drama to the wire on the 18th.

McCormick found himself in deep rough on 18th needing a search party to find his ball and then a miracle recovery shot to the green raised his hopes.

Heggarty was safely on the green but faced a tricky putt from 30 feet and then a nerve-jangling four-footer which he holed to clinch the title and secure a place at the National Finals at Woodhall Spa in September.

His final total of 290 was four better than third placed Jordan and five ahead of Nevin-Wharton.

Heggarty also won the trophy as the top colt (under 22) while David Peel was the top over 35 player on 298.

The Sandiway team of Nevin-Wharton, Chris Harrison and Grant Little won the team prize, which means they will represent Cheshire in the National Team Championships at Brancepeth Castle, Durham, in September.

Tom Heggarty with the winner’s trophy.