DALE Marmion became the first player to win two PGA EuroPro Tour tournaments this year when he swept to a dramatic victory in the Whittlebury Park Classic.
The Eaton Golf Club ace turned in a fantastic final round of 62 to take the title.
Marmion said: “I’m shocked to be honest. I didn’t think at the start I’d do that. I went a bit silly out there.
“I felt good after the birdie at the fourth because I knew a lot of players were going to bogey that. And the two on the tenth – well, that was just frightening. I was laughing when it went in!”
Marmion appeared to be an innocent bystander before his final round, three shots behind leader George Woolgar who was one stroke clear at six under. He even missed a 10-footer at the first for birdie but picked up a shot at the second to kick off a fantastic run of scoring.
Further birdies came at four, five and nine before the shot that put him in control – holing a seven iron from 170 yards over the water at the 10th for an eagle to take him to nine under.
His winning streak continued with birdies at 11 and 12 to stretch his lead even further. The rest of the back nine was negotiated with steady golf until the final hole, where a fine approach left him 15 feet from the pin. Solid putting gave him his seventh birdie and a final round of 62 to follow rounds of 69 and 70, a tournament score of 201, to win by three strokes from Noel Fox.
The 23-year-old is the first player to win two EuroPro Tour tournaments this year after winning at The Players Club in July.
Marmion picks up £10,000 for the win – taking him to the top of the order of merit. The top five are entered into the second stage of the Qualifying School for the 2009 European Tour – something that Marmion is delighted with.
He said: “It’s a massive win really, both to get my Challenge Tour card and to get into the second stage of Q School for the European Tour. I can go into that relaxed because of this win.”