Richard McEvoy carded an impressive 66 (-5) in the final round of the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge earlier today to claim a 4-shot victory over good friend, defending champion and fellow Team Jenahura professional James Heath.
Taking a one shot lead heading into day four, McEvoy quickly seized the initiative from his nearest challengers, playing partners – Mikael Lundberg and Erik Van Rooyen roaring to the turn in 30 with birdies at the 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th and 9th. Another birdie came at the par-3 10th but with Rooyen and Matt Ford charging there was no time to relax and lose focus.
Ford posted the clubhouse target at 11-under with a joint best of the day 64 which included a hole-in-one at the 6th. When Rooyen fell away, defending champion – James Heath joined the party. Heath was not going to give up his crown lightly firing 4 birdies in his last six holes, closing his defence with a brilliant round of 64 to leapfrog Ford on 12-under par.
McEvoy used all his experience however and eventually cruised to victory parring every hole from the 12th to record an impressive 4-shot victory over Heath with rounds of 71-65-67-66 (-16).
It was an emotional win for ‘Maccas’ who last enjoyed victory on the Challenge Tour in Panama in 2005. He said “I never stopped believing I would win again. I played really nicely all week. I had a good lead but I had to stay focused on one shot at a time and not get ahead of myself – it feels great to lift the trophy!”
Incredibly, McEvoy, Heath and 3rd placed Ford shared a house for the week – there must’ve been something in the highland water!
There will be no time to celebrate for McEvoy or Heath who both tee up at Royal Cinque Ports on Tuesday as they attempt to qualify for The Open at Royal Birkdale. We wish them and other Team Jenahura stars: Jamie Elson (Hillside) and Harry Casey (Woburn) the very best of luck.
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