Golf

Third time’s a charm for Lane

  • Grey Goose Par 3 Tournament: Mark Hoefel (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Barry Lane saved the best for last to capture a maiden Grey Goose World Par 3 Championship title at the third attempt at Turtle Hill Golf Club on Saturday.

The Englishman birdied the final two holes to pip European Senior Tour rival Miguel Ángel Martínez for the title and $10,000 winner’s purse by a solitary shot.

“To come back here and win this tournament is great and it’s always nice to finish birdie- birdie,” Lane said.

“When I birdied 17 I thought I might have a chance. I holed a really good putt on 17 down the hill and then somebody said I was tied for the lead and needed a birdie to win. It’s always nice to know what you’ve got to do because you either play aggressive or you don’t.

“I hit a good shot [18th tee] and gave myself a chance but I still had to hole the putt and I managed to hole the putt and it was really nice. I am very happy.”

Lane carded an even-par 54 during the final round to finish the 36-hole championship at two-under 106.

At one stage his chances appeared slim after making a double bogey at 11 and a bogey at 12.

However, he managed to stop the rot and deliver when it mattered most to clinch the title in dramatic fashion.

“From hole 13, I gave myself chances all the way in and I just wanted to do the best I could,” Lane added. “You just do the best you can and if it’s good enough, it’s good enough.”

Martin produced the lowest round of three-under 51 during the final round. However, it still was not enough to carry him across the line.

Camiko Smith topped the local field and was tied for third place with Britain’s Andrew Marshall two shots off the lead at even par.

“This is a real positive because going into this tournament I really wasn’t swinging the club as good as I should have been, so I’m very happy with the way I finished,” Smith said.

“It could have been better and I would have loved the win, but all things considered I’m pleased where I ended up.”

Rounding out the top five was Smith’s compatriot Daniel Augustus, who finished at one over par.

“All said and done, I am pleased with my overall game,” he said. “Sometimes it just doesn’t go your way and you have to keep on plugging, so I’m happy with the way I played.

“I hit the ball great. I hit good putts and had a few lip outs and if the ball goes in I end up winning this tournament compared to finishing up where I did.”

Overnight leader Rebecca Lee-Bentham, who shot an opening round three-under the previous day, fell off the pace during the final round to finish tenth at four over par.

“I really had no expectations,” the 2012 LPGA Rookie of the Year said. “I knew it would be tough. Whenever you’re in the lead you have the spotlight and the attention, so there was a little more pressure. I just wanted to do my best. I came out here wanting to learn more and this experience is going to help me do that.”

Canadian TJ Rule and Bermuda’s Tariqah Walikraam claimed the men’s and women’s amateur titles, respectively.