Marsh nicks Longhirst classic

Nick Marsh won the PGA EuroPro Tour’s Dawson & Sanderson Classic on the fourth playoff hole at Longhirst Hall.

A final round 73 saw Marsh (Huddersfield Golf Club) finish at seven under-par, the same score as Irishman Brendan McCarroll (Narin & Portnoo Golf Club), who had birdied the final two holes to record a final round 70.

The duo headed back to the 17th tee where the hole was halved in par fours.

At the second playoff hole, the 18th, Marsh was lucky to escape with par having found the rough while the pair both made pars again at 17 to head down 18 for a second time. This time Marsh holed a 15ft putt for birdie and the victory.

With the win, and his tie for second place at the Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters earlier this season, Marsh climbed to second place on the EuroPro Tour’s Race to Amendoeira money list, from which the top five at the end of the season graduate to the Challenge Tour.

Amateur Alex Dixon, who qualified for the event through the Northumberland Union of Golf Clubs order of merit, finished in a tie for 37th place at one over-par for the event.

Close House’s James Simpson finished in a tie for 12th place while Malton & Norton’s Chris Halley finished in a tie for 17th place at Longhirst.