David Shacklady wins PGA Yorkshire Masters
David Shacklady has hit double-top – in double-quick time.
After waiting years to win a PGA North Order of Merit tournament, the Mossock Hall player made it two out of two in the space of a few weeks.
The Ormskirk hot-shot, who has won more than 250 assorted events in 26 years as a professional, strung
together a brace of 68s, eight under par all told, to claim the PGA Yorkshire Masters at Sandburn Hall.
But it was a close call as he had to birdie the last two holes to beat clubhouse leader Grant Hamerton by a shot.
The competition was upgraded to a full ranking event after being co-sanctioned for the first time by PGA North.
Shacklady, also a keen darts player, moved to within 11 points of securing his third Michael
Slater Order of Merit title in seven years with one tournament left.
The 46-year-old, two off the overnight pace set by Penwortham
assistant Ryan O'Neill who is half his age, stepped on the gas at the start of the final round with three birdies on the outward half and appeared to be coasting when he added two more to reach nine under.
But he dropped his first shot in the tournament after a misjudged chip to the short 13th, then double bogeyed the next after finding a bunker.
"I refused to let the mistakes get me down and I told myself to stay calm because I knew I would have some more chances," he said.
The former PGA Cup player knew the score as he stood on the 17th tee and duly secured the first of two must-have birdies.
And he provided a grand-stand finish by rolling in a 25-footer on the home green.
"I held my club in the air in celebration before the ball dropped, I knew it was bang on line," he said.
And he attributed his success to the short stick after recent lesson from fellow PGA professional Lee Sullivan, who works for Raa Putters.
"He provided me with a made to measure club and it's done the trick," he added.
LEADING SCORES: 136 David Shacklady (Mossock Hall) 68 68; 137 Grant Hamerton (Pike Fold) 69 68; 138 Michael Ramsden (Renishaw Park) 70 68, Ryan O'Neill (Penwortham) 66 72, Ian Keenan (Royal Liverpool) 67 71; 139 Barry Taylor (Houghwood) 70 69, Aran Wainwright (Mid Yorks) 68 71
TRAVELLING man Ian Keenan has been plying his trade on the Asian Tour in a bid to revive his fortunes.
And during a trip home he showed how it is helping sharpen up his competitive skills by taking the runners-up spot at the De Vere Leeds Cup at Oulton Hall.
He shared the overnight lead with eventual winner Nick Ludwell and Stuart Runcie on five under par 66.
"My game needed freshening up," said the Royal Liverpool attached professional.
"I entered four tournaments over there and finished in the top ten twice so I got it right, although I just about broke even after paying my expenses."
Keenan, 37, who has played regularly on the Challenge and EuroPro tours and who celebrated 20 years at the Hoylake club this year, reeled of five birdies on the outward half and added three more on the home stretch, which included a chip in at the 11th, but he was left to rue three late bogeys. This was his first appearance for seven years in the Leeds Cup, professional golf's oldest trophy first played for in 1902.
Ludwell’s 69 on day two gave him a two-shot victory bit it was nip and tuck over the closing holes between Ludwell, who had dad Martin on the bag, and Keenan.
Keenan, who qualified for the Open at Royal Lytham in 2012, signed off with as 71, which included an eagle on the 13th, to share second place with 56-year-old Richard Masters.
LEADING SCORES: 135 Nick Ludwell (Selby) 66 69; 137 Richard Masters (Baildon) 67 70, Ian Keenan (Royal Liverpool) 66 71; 138 John Wells (Snainton Golf Centre) 71 67, Phillip Kelly (unatt) 70 68, Chris Sands (unatt) 69 69; 139 David Clark (Morpeth) 71 68, Martin Edge (Hesketh) 67 72; 140 Adrian Ambler (Low Laithes) 71 69, Chris Crowder (Lee Park) 69 71.