After two days of thrilling golf, Barry Lane held off the competition to emerge victorious at the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship 2015 at Nailcote Hall with a score of -5.
Lane was the overnight leader on -6 and managed to maintain his advantage despite tough competition to take home the title. Former Open Champion Paul Lawrie OBE, who shot the course record in last year's Championship, finished as runner-up after another strong round to finish on -4. The pair teed off together, testing each other in a fascinating encounter, but it was Lane who eventually came out on top. "The course was fantastic," said Lane "Paul didn't make it easy, especially towards the end but I was confident that I could hold on. It was a wonderful tournament and I'd love to come back to defend my title next year."
Ladies European Tour star Charley Hull also made an early charge in the final round, but was unable to maintain her form to become the Championship's first female winner. Gary Wolstenholme MBE equalled the course record earlier in the day with a bogey-free round of -8 to finish in joint third with Andrew Sherborne and Andrew Marshall. Host and two-time Major winner Tony Jacklin CBE was on hand to present the prizes, including the £25,000 first prize to Lane. The Norma C Herd Silver Salver for leading amateur was taken home by 13-year-old Jack Drury with a score of +8. Carl Mason, who is the highest career money winner on the European Senior Tour, scooped the £5,000 Super Senior prize for the third year running, finishing on level par. Mason is always a strong competitor at the Championship and won in 1999.
The leading team prize was also won by Barry Lane with his playing partner David Nelson who finished on a joint score of -14. Tomorrow sees the final day of the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship at Nailcote Hall, organised by Champions (UK) plc, with another Celeb-Am featuring a host of stars from the worlds of sport and entertainment.