Heroic effort in Open qualifying not enough for Andrew Marshall
Andrew Marshall fired the lowest round of the day at Open qualifying at St Annes Old yesterday – but it wasn't enough to secure a place at Royal Lytham later this month.
The Norfolk professional, who looked out of contention after a morning 74, came storming back after lunch with a stunning 65 featuring seven birdies and no dropped shots.
Sadly for the Dereham man his five under par total of 139 was one short of the qualifying mark, with Argentinian Rafa Echenique and veteran Barry Lane finishing on six under, one behind Paul Broadhurst, who won the 36-hole final qualifying event with rounds of 70 and 67.
Norfolk's other representative in the competition, Weston Park's Danny Chapman, fell well short of making it through. Playing at Hillside, the pre-qualifier recorded rounds of 78 and 80 to finish near the rear of the field.
An English trio came through – former European Tour winner Warren Bennett, 2009 Walker Cup player Dale Whitnell and Kent's Steven Tiley.
Steve Alker won at West Lancashire on seven under. Scot Steven O'Hara and American Scott Pinckney also progressed after a play-off.
At Southport and Ainsdale the winner was Dane Morten Orum Madsen, but there was disappointment there for former Tour star Nick Dougherty.
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The Liverpudlian made only one halfway cut in losing his card last season and was still in with a good chance after an opening 70, but followed it with a 74. Also through after a play-off were Scotland's Elliot Saltman and Hoylake professional Ian Keenan.