Malton & Norton’s Chris Halley beaten at sixth play-off hole to deny him first EuroPro win

HotelPlanner.com Championship winner Haydn McCullen (Picture: Frank Coppi /EuroPro Tour).
HotelPlanner.com Championship winner Haydn McCullen (Picture: Frank Coppi /EuroPro Tour).
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MALTON & Norton’s Chris Halley lost out after six holes in a four-man play-off for the HotelPlanner.com Championship at Prince’s.

Delamere Forest’s Haydn McCullen (68 66 67) took the title after parring the sixth hole which Halley bogeyed.

Darren Wright (Golf at Goodwood) had fallen out of the play-off after the first hole and Pennard’s James Frazer at the fifth.

After going so close to his maiden EuroPro win Halley said: “It is very disappointing to lose on the sixth hole of a play-off. But it does show that I am playing well and it gives me something to build on going into the Tour Championship.”

Halley shot three successive rounds of 67. On both his outward and inward nine in the final round he enjoyed a cluster of three birdies in four holes, bogeys at six and nine the only blemishes on his card.

Doncaster’s Graeme Clark, fourth last week in the Clipper Logistics Championship at Moor Allerton, finished sixth (66 67 70).

Second overnight, he had two birdies and one bogey on his outward nine but was unable to gather any momentum on the way home with one of each on the run in.

Howley Hall’s Marcus Armitage, twice a winner this season and third at Moor Allerton, opened with successive birdies and also had another at the ninth, but the latter merely made up for a dropped shot at six.

Eight successive pars followed before a closing birdie concluded rounds of 70 67 68.

Middlesbrough’s Michael Skelton shot 72 67 68 for a share of 17th place.

His birdies at two and three were negated by bogeys at seven and nine, but he had further birdies on 11, 13 and 16 to climb up the leaderboard.

Moortown’s Nick McCarthy (69 67 71) was also on six under par for the week.

He went out and came home in par, both nines including two birdies and two bogeys.

James Maw (Sheffield) slipped back with a closing 73 after starting with 70 67.

He had two birdies and four bogeys on the final day, three of the latter coming at successive holes starting at the sixth.