Marshall misses out on Open after warming up with win in France
PUBLISHED: 09:48 06 July 2018
Norfolk professional Andrew Marshall warmed up for a crack at the Open Championship with a win in France - but was unable to build on it in final qualifying.
Marshall missed out at Hollinwell as rounds of 72 and 76 left him in a tie for 19th position when only three spots for Carnoustie were up for grabs.
It was a disappointing day for a man who last played in the Open at Royal Liverpool in 2006, but at least he had the minor consolation of having added another victory to his collection in the lead-up to the event.
Marshall travelled to Normandy to compete in a couple of pay and play events organised by veteran French professional Marc Farry and played some excellent golf to pick up around £2,700 in prize money.
He won the competition at Omaha Beach Golf Club after posting a couple of 68s and finished third at nearby Deaville after two 71s.
“It was a really enjoyable trip and a good preparation for Open qualifying - but that didn’t go so well,” said Marshall.
“Obviously the fairways were really firm and you never really knew where your ball would bounce. It was the same for everyone but it made it really tough.
“I played okay in the first round and was still in with a chance at turn in the afternoon, but then I dropped a few shots when I had to go for it and ended up six shots behind the guy in third place.”
Meanwhile Southwold professional Andrew Robinson and amateur partner James Smith returned an eight-under-par better-ball score of 64 to win the Lombard PGA regional final at Thetford.
Robinson’s eagle at the 10th and seven birdies had them in great shape but a dropped shot at the 18th gave them a few worries.
They need not have worried however as the next-best score on the day was six-under from three pairings. Sam Teer and Paul Flower of Clacton took the runners-up spot on countback while Scott Rusbridge and Stuart Collingridge (Colne Valley) were third and Lee Patterson and Richard Rouse (Royal Cromer) fourth. Thetford’s Stuart Smith and Daryl Breen were joint sixth with 68 while 2016 winner Alan Hemsley (Barnham Broom) was on 71.
The prize for the winners is a trip to Portugal for the overall final of the national event.
Will Harrold moved up to sixth in the US PGA China Series Order of Merit after a welcome return to form in his latest event.
The Sheringham professional bounced back from a missed cut by finishing joint 12th in the Kunmig Championship.
Harrold put together four sub-70 rounds - 66, 67, 69 and 68 - to finish on 14 under par, five behind winner Yeung Motin of China.
He would have finished in the top 10 but for a double bogey six on his last hole, having started the final round with a front nine of 32 featuring four birdies and no dropped shots. He managed an impressive tally of 24 birdies over the course of the tournament.
Harrold now has almost £36,000 of prize money to his name as he attempts to secure playing rights on the second tier Web.Com Tour in the United States next season.
The next event for the Norfolk man, who opened his campaign with two second placed finishes, is the Yantai Championship, which gets under way on July 12.