Challenge Tour: John Parry prevails in playoff

Parry, a 37-year-old from Harrogate, signed his third title on the circuit, but his list also includes a success on the DP World Tour (Vivendi Cup, 2010)

by Andrea Gussoni
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Challenge Tour: John Parry prevails in playoff
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The Englishman John Parry won with 262 (64 67 63 68, -18) shots the Blot Open de Bretagne, a Challenge Tour event played at the Golf Bluegreen de Pléneuf Val André (par 70), in Pléneuf, France. After finishing the 72 holes of the tournament on par with the Swede Per Langfors (262 – 66 64 67 65) he then surpassed him with a par in the first overtime.

Two Italians won the money, Enrico Di Nitto, 33rd with 278 (70 64 70 74, -2), and Filippo Bergamaschi, 45th with 280 (67 72 74 67, par).

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The leading pair made a gap as demonstrated by the five stroke gap suffered by Norwegian Kristoffer Reitan, third with 267 (-13).

In fourth place with 268 (-12) the Spaniard Lucas Vacarisas, in fifth with 269 (-11) the other Iberian Borja Virto and the Portuguese Tomas Gouveia and in seventh with 270 (-10) the South African Deon Germishuys and the Norwegian Andreas Halvorsen.

Parry, a 37-year-old from Harrogate, signed his third title on the circuit, but his list also includes a success on the DP World Tour (Vivendi Cup, 2010). He began the final round with a three-shot lead over Langfors, but with a 68 (-2, four birdies, two bogeys) he couldn't prevent the Swede from catching him with a 65 (-5, five birdies).

The Englishman made up for it, however, in the playoff and was able to get the check for 43,200 euros out of a prize pool of 270,000 euros. Gregorio De Leo and Davide Buchi, 75th with 141 (+1), Aron Zemmer and Pietro Bovari, 91st with 142 (+2), and Federico Livio, 116, left the cut, falling at 140 (par).

° with 145 (+5). The Challenge Tour is a European professional men's golf circuit which serves as the 2nd European division, behind the European PGA Tour. This circuit was created in 1986 and was called Satellite Tour. The top fifteen in the season's ranking qualify for the following year's PGA European Tour.

Some tournaments are played outside the European continent. In addition, the player who wins three tournaments during the same season automatically moves to the European tour for the current season and keeps his card on this circuit for the following season.

The lower circuits are the Alps Tour, EPD Tour and PGA EuroPro Tour. Each season, the top five from each circuit qualify for the Challenge Tour.

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