Leading from the front, Harry Casey bagged his second Alps Tour title with a closing round of 68 finishing on -15 for the week.
Harry carded four under par rounds in the 60’s en-route to his second Alps Tour title on Sunday afternoon with an impressive one shot victory. With victory, Harry catapulted himself to the top of the Alps Tour Order of Merit mid-way through his debut season as a professional. Quite an achievement.
Harry travelled to France in a confident mood following three sub-par rounds in Italy the previous week and his second consecutive top-5 finish.
Having carded rounds of 67 (-4) and 65 (-6) in the opening two rounds of the Open International de la Mirabelle D’or, Harry shot a third round 69 (-2) in breezy conditions to take a one shot lead going into the final round.
This was new territory for Casey. His previous victory came in Austria when he burst out of the pack with a closing round of 65 to claim his first Alps Tour title. Harry admitted to feeling a little nervous on the first tee but in typically calm fashion channeled his nerves to hit every green on the front nine and go out in 33 to maintain his slender lead despite several players charging ahead of him on the course.
Then the key turning point. Having eagled the par-5 12th on Saturday, Harry was one shot ahead of playing partner Eduardo Larranaga before a majestic 5-iron to 10 feet setup another eagle and with the Spaniard finding trouble extended Harry’s lead to 4 shots.
Fast finishing Damien Perrier carded the best of the day 64 posting -14 but it wasn’t enough to beat Harry who had the comfort of a 2-shot lead on the tricky 18th hole. Having found a bad lie off the tee, Harry showed great maturity laying up short of the water in front of the green before a pitch and two putts was good enough to claim the title.
Speaking with the trophy wrapped around his arms Harry said “I have to admit I did not sleep well last night, I was nervous. Even coming in with the lead at the end of the round I did not feel totally comfortable but I was hitting good shots. On the last hole, I missed the fairway and I had a bad lie so I had to lay up because of the water, I could not hit the green. But now I feel excited and happy.”
Overnight Harry drove to Belgium where he will play in the Flory van Donck Trophy at Golf du Mont Garni which tees off on Wednesday.