After three days of fierce competition, Champions of Golf professional Peter Baker claimed his second Asbri Golf PGA Cornish Festival title having completed a stunning wire-to-wire victory over a stellar field which included fellow Champions of Golf professional, defending champion and current Senior Open champion Paul Broadhurst.
Ryder Cup player, Baker held off a strong challenge from European Tour professional Laurie Canter who finished eventually only two shot adrift of the three time European Tour winner. Matching each other across the course of the three rounds, both players had 35 pars, 14 birdies and three bogeys, the only difference being Baker's two eagles compared to Canter's one.
Baker, after his win, commented:
“I played well all week after making a great start at Carlyon Bay on the opening day, that gave my week a kick-start and prepared me for the next day at St Enodoc which I have always found to be a difficult course for me.
“But I was able to make three birdies over the last five holes to stay ahead of Laurie although I was very aware of his challenge as he played just in front of me in the last round. I knew he was going to have a good day so I felt I needed to get as many shots under par as possible to give myself a cushion.
”It was a pleasant surprise to do so well as I felt a bit rusty as I hardly play much, although I did play and practise last week in preparation.”
Baker will turn 50 in October 2017 and then will be eligible to join the European Senior Tour which he is intending to do and will take centre stage at the Forest of Arden later that month in his first outing as a senior.
Paul Broadhurst finished solo 6th, nine strokes adrift of Baker.
Congratulations Peter from all at Champions.