18th September 2017
Duncan Stewart continued his imperious form on the European Tour this week as he recorded his second consecutive top-twenty finish. Fresh off the back of a season’s best finish of T9 at the Omega European Masters, the Scotsman headed to the KLM Open in confident mood which showed as he enjoyed a T20 finish. In a quieter week for the MB Partners golfing stable, Duncan was joined in Holland by Chris Hanson and John Parry while Nick Marsh played in the penultimate event of the PGA EuroPro Tour season as he looks to rubberstamp his Challenge Tour card for 2018.
The Netherlands was the destination of choice for the European Tour roster this week as it was the turn of the KLM Open which saw both Duncan Stewart, John Parry and Chris Hanson in action. Across a week which was impacted heavily by the weather, both Duncan and Chris had to battle long delays to try and negotiate the cut safely. Faced with 34 holes to play on day two, Chris Hanson battled admirably to close the working week in T26 and having secured his passage to the latter stages of the event on three-under-par.
Meanwhile John and Duncan were made to wait for the rain as their second round headed into the third day’s play. While John eventually missed out, sitting on three-over-par at the halfway stage, Duncan enjoyed an excellent three-under-par second round to secure his place in the weekend’s play.
Chris enjoyed another fine display on day three, gaining another three shots to lift the TPS-sponsored player into T16 heading into the final day’s play on six-under-par. The Yorkshireman would gain a further shot on the final day to close the week in T25 to mark another strong week out on Tour.
Gaining another shot on moving day, Duncan Stewart entered the final day’s play in T36 with his eyes firmly set on another strong finish which he duly delivered. An excellent round of 67 saw the Integro-sponsored golfer lift himself to his second consecutive top-twenty finish, signing for a seven-under-par score for the week.
PGA EuroPro Tour
22-year-old Nick Marsh headed into the penultimate EuroPro event of the season well-placed inside the top five of the Order of Merit. If the Yorkshireman can retain this placing at the end of the year, he will safely secure himself Challenge Tour playing rights for 2018 so the pressure was on as he headed into the Clippers Logistics Championship.
The first day’s play was a low-scoring day across the board so Nick’s opening one-under round of 70 marked a strong start. Unfortunately, Nick fell back on day two dropping two shots. Although enough to make the cut, the Yorkshireman knew he needed a strong final day to record a positive result for the week.
As the pressure increased with those behind him on the Order of Merit enjoying strong performances, the Sema Lease-sponsored golfer headed into his final round knowing he had to deliver. In typical style, ‘The Marsh Machine’ confronted this pressure head-on, delivering a blemish free six-under-par final round to lift him to a T7 finish.
MENA Golf Tour
Finally, MB Partners’ youngest golfer Josh Grenville-Wood enjoyed a week to remember in his burgeoning career. The Englishman headed out to Dubai for the Dubai Creek Open and enjoyed a memorable performance as he carded three consecutive under-par scores to close the week in 11th position on five-under-par.
Head of Golf at MB Partners, Duncan Maxim, was delighted with the attitude and approach of his players as we enter the most crucial stage of the season.
“It’s been another solid week for our golfers, with both Duncan and Chris showing good form at the KLM. It’s very pleasing that both guys are reaping the rewards of their hard work and it is going to be a very exciting run-in for the final remaining events.”
“We are very proud of Nick Marsh in producing his final round score under a good level of pressure. He would have been aware that the leading guys could have a significant impact on the order of merit, therefore to step up to the plate was fantastic to see. He knows it’s firmly in his hands heading into the tour championships.”
The European Tour now travels to the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course for the Portugal Masters where Duncan Stewart and John Parry will be in action. Curtis Griffiths returns to action on the Challenge Tour at the Kazakhstan Open while Richard Mansell is in Jamega Tour action once again.