Yule finishes tied second in Europro Tour event - and it could have been even better

Jack Yule finished joint second in his first Europro Tour event in Scotland. Picture: Leaderboard Ph

Jack Yule finished joint second in his first Europro Tour event in Scotland. Picture: Leaderboard Photography - Credit: Archant

Norfolk's Jack Yule recorded a superb runners-up finish in his first Europro Tour event - and it could have been even better.

The 23-year-old from King's Lynn turned on the style at the Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters at Montrose, which was reduced to 36 holes by high winds.

Yule opened with a solid two under par 69 before firing no fewer than nine birdies in a brilliant 65 on day two.

That left him in a four-way tie for second place behind veteran Chris Gane, who had recorded consecutive 66s - and that's the way it stayed as yesterday's final round was called off without a ball being hit.

A cheque for £3,187 moved Yule straight up to 14th on the tour's Order of Merit - but there was still a sense of what might have been at the end, with the Norfolk player having dropped three shots in the final two holes of his second round.

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Had he parred in he would have taken the £10,000 top prize - but it was still an amazing performance from a player who has had to bide his time for a Europro start after finishing outside the top 100 in the qualifying competition at Frilford Heath in April.

Yule made a steady start at Montrose on Tuesday before a double bogey six at the ninth left him one over at the turn. But he hit back with three birdies coming home, and with no more dropped shots signed for a 69.

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The fireworks really started the following day with a brilliant front nine of 30 featuring six birdies and three pars. When Yule also birdied the 12th, 13th and 15th holes to go nine under for his round there was an outside chance of a 59, with three more birdies required. But sadly from a Norfolk point of view that's not how it turned out and he finished par, bogey, double bogey.

Yule had been trying his luck on the Jamega Tour before getting into the Scottish event, without making much of an impact, but it has proved to be a happier hunting ground for fellow King's Lynn player Luke Johnson.

He claimed an encouraging sixth placed finish in the latest event at Essendon Old Course in Hertfordshire after putting together rounds of 70 and 71. That left him 24th on the Order of Merit with £1,187 to his name. Johnson's three under par finish left him eight behind winner Jamie Abbott from Suffolk (67/66).

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