First professional prize for Longridge golfer Mark

Mark Young celebrates following his Somerset success last week
Mark Young celebrates following his Somerset success last week
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Longridge Golf Club’s Mark Young held his nerve to claim his maiden victory as a professional.

Young wrapped up victory in the HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour’s Jessie May World Snooker Golf Championship at Somerset’s Clevedon Golf Club last Friday.

He got the better of Ireland’s Brendan McCarroll in a one-hole play-off after rounds of 67, 72 and 66 set up their head to head contest.

McCarroll looked to be bringing home his first EuroPro Tour title with three holes left to play, but a three-shot cushion soon evaporated in the Somerset sunshine with a double bogey on the 16th followed by a bogey on the 17th.

Young, who had put his clubs away for the day, returned to the 18th tee in a bid to win his first title of the season.

The title was all but sealed after McCarroll found himself chipping short from the green-side bunker, leaving Young a small tap in to win £10,000 and the trophy.

Young said: “I’m delighted with the win. It’s one that I feel is long overdue, I’ve been close a couple of times this year.

“I’ve not been in that situation since The Carrick a couple of years ago. It’s never nice to lose a play-off, I know what that is like so I’m over the moon to get it done.”

Young’s final round started off at a ferocious pace, finding himself six-under par through nine holes, and despite slowing up through the back nine he was confident in his game.

He said: “I knew I had to get off to a quick start which I did; my front nine put my name in the hat for the tournament.

“A couple of errant tee shots on the back nine cost me a few shots but when I saw my name up on the leaderboard I really didn’t expect it.”

The win moves Young to the top of the Order of Merit.

As well as receiving £10,000, Young also received a Motocaddy S1 Electric Trolley.