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Evans comes from three back to win at Lake Macquarie

27th January 2014

Evans comes from three back to win at Lake Macquarie

Evans (image copyright Leaderboard Photography)

Ryan Evans ensured the England flag was flying high Down Under despite the cricket catastrophe by winning the Lake Macquarie International at Belmont in New South Wales.

A closing round of 68 for a 72-hole aggregate of 281, seven under par, gave the England international from Wellingborough a two-shot winning margin from New Zealand's Luke Toomey and Jarryd Felton from Australia.

Evans (image copyright Leaderboard Photography), 26, was near the top of the leaderboard all week and his consistency ensured his second overseas title following his success last year in the Biarritz Cup.

Going into the final day, Jordan Zunic led on 210 by three strokes from five players including Evans, Toomey and Felton.

But while Zunic fell back with 74, the others battled it out for the title. Evans found two birdies on the front nine and added to that by picking up further shots at the 10th, 15th and 17th for his 68.

Although Toomey recorded four front nine birdies, he also dropped three shots and despite coming home in 33 for 70 it wasn't enough to catch Evans.

Felton was also home in 70 which included a front nine of 34 containing four birdies. But again he came up short.

Harry Casey from Middlesex made the cut but finished down the field on 298.

So Evans, who led the qualifiers from the previous week's Australian Amateur but went out in the first round of match play in searing heat, is the first English player to win the Lake Macquarie since Adam Gee in 2006.

Leading final scores:
281 R Evans (Eng) 70 69 74 68
283 L Toomey (NZ) 73 69 71 70, J Felton (Aus) 68 70 75 70
284 J Zunic (Aus) 65 75 70 74
Other English score:
298 H Casey 73 73 78 74

Notes for Readers:-
England Golf is the governing body for amateur golf in England.
England Golf was formed on 1st January 2012 following the merger of the English Golf Union Ltd. and the English Women's Golf Association and is one of the largest sports governing bodies in England looking after the interests of over 1,900 golf clubs and 770,000 men and women club members.

Responsible for the training of the country's top amateur golfers, England Golf also organises all the major English amateur championships. England Golf works to actively encourage new golfers and increase the continued interest and participation in golf through its golf development initiative 'Get into Golf'.

England Golf is a member of The England Golf Partnership (EGP) together with the PGA and supported by the Golf Foundation and Sport England. Their Whole Sport Plan for golf identifies how England will achieve its vision of becoming 'The Leading Golf Nation in the World by 2020' from grass roots right through to elite level.

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