x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Eagle on last hole flies Lee Corfield to Mena title at Qatar Classic

Lee Corfield celebrated his 31st birthday in style when he eagled the final hole to win the Mena Golf Tour’s Qatar Classic at the Doha Golf Club on Wednesday.

DOHA // Lee Corfield celebrated his 31st birthday in style when he eagled the final hole to win the Mena Golf Tour’s Qatar Classic at the Doha Golf Club on Wednesday.

Tied for the Tuesday overnight lead, the Englishman rolled in the tricky, match-winning putt from 26 feet to close with a level-par 72, finishing at five-under 211 for his first title on the Mena Tour.

Stephen Dodd of Wales and Zane Scotland of England, pre-tournament favourites, were tied for second on a three-under 213, a number also achieved by Scotland’s Fraser McKenna. England’s Daniel Owen was fifth on a two-under 214.

Jakub Hrinda, a ninth-grade student at Doha College, turned in a mature performance that belied his 13 years of age when he won the amateur division on level-par 216, one shot ahead of England’s James Allan.

Just when it appeared the tournament were headed for a play-off, Corfield conjured a piece of magic to settle the issue.

“I am simply over the moon,” Corfield said after receiving the winner’s trophy and a cheque for US$9,000 (Dh33,057) from Mohammed Faisal Al Naimi, executive director of the Qatar Golf Association, and Fahad Nasser Al Naimi, general secretary of the association. “I couldn’t have asked for a better finish. The win is a lovely birthday present.”

Corfield qualified for the Mena Tour after finishing runner-up on United Kingdom’s Jamega Golf Tour Order of Merit.

“To be honest, I didn’t play all that well, just managed to keep my round going by holing a couple of clutch putts. I had a good opportunity on the final hole and luckily the ball went in for eagle,” he said.

“It’s fun to play on Mena Tour. They are doing a fantastic job and the tour growing, which is great.”

Hrinda flashed glimpses of precocious talent when he closed with a two-under 70 to overshadow many experienced played in the amateur division.

Morocco’s Faycal Serghini finished in a tie for 14th on two-over 218 while England’s Asian Tour veteran Yasin Ali settled for tied 11th on level-par 216.

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