The fourth event on the Optical Express Pro Golf Tour held at The Roxburghe Championship Course finished in a two-way tie. Overnight leader Neil Fenwick of Dunbar matched an opening 69 to card a 138, six under par total while Eastwood’s David Orr, who was two behind Fenwick at the start of final round, posted a best of the second day five under par 67 to tie the Dunbar man. Orr could have won it outright had it not been for a bogey five at the par 4, 18th.
Former Scottish PGA Champion, David Orr commented: “I am disappointed to have bogeyed the last hole and missed out on an overall victory however, it’s been a fantastic couple of days and I am really pleased with my performance overall. I’ve been impressed with the organisation of the Tour; this is the second event I have managed to play and there has been a good feeling amongst the players at both events.”
Tartan Tour PGA professional Neil Fenwick was delighted with his finish: “The course has been in excellent condition, despite all the rain over the weekend and thankfully the sun was shining throughout the event. I played consistently over the two days and I’m delighted to have tied for top spot. I’m looking forward to playing in the last two events and think I can even start looking towards the Championship event at Son Gual, Spain in December”.
Previous two-time event winner Paul McKechnie from Braid Hills made a gallant effort to win his third consecutive Optical Express event closing with a second round 68 to finish in joint third, only one shot behind the winners.
Hilton Park’s Gemma Webster who is based in the United States, scored two excellent rounds of 74 and 71 for a one over par 145 to finish as the leading female and an 11th place tie. The 2005 British Universities Stroke Play Champion said: “I am really pleased how I played over the two days, especially with my second day performance. I left a few chances out there but overall I am very happy and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the Tour so far, hopefully my playing commitments will allow me time to play in the remaining events”.
Winning £150 SGU vouchers as leading amateur, Colin Robinson scored 73 and 72 to share the three-way tie for 11th spot together with Graham Rankin.
Regarded as Scotland’s fifth best inland golf course, The Roxburghe Championship Course played host to the event. Craig Montgomerie, Director of Golf said: “We have thoroughly enjoyed hosting the Optical Express Pro Golf Tour and from the feedback we have received, the players enjoyed the event and the golf course just as much. We very much hope we will be part of the Tour’s plans for 2012 and would welcome the opportunity to play host to golf’s rising stars once again.”
Bob Mackay, Course Manager was a little concerned 24 hours before the event started: “We had two inches of rainfall in 24 hours which is very unusual in these parts. I am very pleased at how the course dried out and the players were all very complimentary about the golf course, which obviously makes me very happy.”
The Roxburghe event was the fourth of the Optical Express Pro Golf Tour 2011 with Letham Grange playing host to the next event on Wednesday 21st – Thursday 22nd September. Tour Director Alan Tait said: “This was a great event at The Roxburghe and the staff and officials could not have been more welcoming, which played a huge part in its success. I heard at least one player from each group as they came in commenting on how good the golf course was and how much they enjoyed it. Course Manager Bob Mackay has only been here a few months and he has already done some great work in that short time. I would welcome the opportunity to have The Roxburghe as a permanent fixture on the Optical Express Pro Golf Tour.”