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McDonnell edges Mackenzie Quaich Pro-Am

Late eagle secures one stroke victory over nearest rival David Copsey in prestigious invitation event

After a bumpy start, Golf at Goodwood’s Christopher McDonnell got into his stride to shoot a four-under-par 67* and claim the Mackenzie Quaich Pro-Am at Effingham - and a cool £750.

As the delighted winner commented: “It took me a few holes to get the pace of the greens, but then I settled in and played pretty well, nice and solid. The highlight was the driver and three iron to eight feet and holing the putt for eagle!”

He added: “I’ve got a busy season ahead and I’m really looking forward to playing in various Pro-Ams and the Order of Merit tournaments this year, so it’s great to get my season off to a good start.”

In a shot gun start at the 13th, McDonnell deuced his first hole but then bogeyed the next three before making a birdie at the 17th to get back to one-over-par. Birdies at the first, second and seventh got him to two-under and then an eagle at the eighth meant he was out in front, and pars to finish meant McDonnell stayed that way.

David Copsey (DCGS Poult Wood) had an up and down sort of round, making two bogeys and three birdies on his opening nine, and two more bogeys mixed with three more birdies on his back nine. A birdie at his last hole helped Copsey into the runners up spot for a handy £600.

In the team event, Nicholas Olson from Chart Hills led his group to a one shot victory over Maria Tulley’s team from Eastbourne Downs, and the honour of taking the best share of a copious prize table.

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