Chris Halley battles back to place sixth at Montrose Links

Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters winner James Wilkinson (Picture: Brian Stewart/ PGA EuroPro Tour).
Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters winner James Wilkinson (Picture: Brian Stewart/ PGA EuroPro Tour).
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MALTON & Norton’s Chris Halley overcame an early double bogey to tie for sixth place in the Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters at Montrose Links.

Halley finished on eight under (69 67 69) in the PGA EuroPro Tour event, four shots behind winner James Wilkinson (Brampton), who shot a final-round 63.

Wilkinson began the day five off the lead, but went out in 31 with five birdies and four more more birdies at 11, 13, 14 and 15 followed. He dropped a shot at 17, but still secured the title.

Halley showed his mettle by coming back from a six at the par-4 second hole to fire seven birdies in 12 holes, notching three in a row and also a pair.

Oulton Hall’s Daniel Gavins shared 10th place and might have hoped for better when he was out in three under par, but he had two bogeys to just one birdie on the way in.

Abbeydale’s Tom Parry (70 65 72) had sat just two shots off the overnight lead. He made four birdies in a row from the 12th, but unfortunately by that stage he was already two over for the day, and he dropped one more at 17 to tie for 14th.

Moor Allerton’s Joe Heraty (69 72 68) tied for 19th with five birdies and two bogeys on his card, the last of these coming at the 18th which dropped him down two places.

Doncaster’s Graeme Clark (70 69 73) slipped back with three bogeys overwhelming a solitary gain against the card.

Snainton’s Alex Belt (71 69 73) had an eagle 3 at the 510-yard par-5 sixth but was still one over for the day at the turn and came back in level par.

James Maw tied for 50th place after rounds of 66 75 and 73, a double bogey at the last seeing him fall 13 places.

Three other Yorkshire golfers finished the lowest of those who made the cut.

Richard Law (Low Laithes) was one shot and one place ahead of Rotherham’s David Booth (68 73 78) and Michael Helyard, of Beverley (65 76 77) with scores of 70 70 77.

Law had slid down the leaderboard with an outward 41 which included three bogeys and a double at the 292-yard par-4 fifth.