11th September 2017
Duncan Stewart enjoyed a career-best finish on the European Tour this weekend as he collected a T9 finish at the Omega European Masters. The Scotsman, who is midway through his first full season on Europe’s premier tour, was making his debut at the Crans-sur-Sierre course and impressed in a busy week for the MB Partners golfing stable.
Duncan was joined in Switzerland by Chris Hanson and Jordan Smith, with the latter unfortunately departing the event at the halfway stage. Chris meanwhile continued his excellent form from the Czech Masters the week before. The TPS-sponsored player carded a level-par opening round to leave his chances of making the cut in the balance. Any doubts were quickly dissipated though as a quartet of consecutive birdies helped the Yorkshireman to a three-under second round.
Looking to safeguard his position inside the top-100 of the Race To Dubai, Chris gained a further shot across the weekend to end the tournament in T37 on four-under-par. The result lifts Chris up to 94th in the Order of Merit as the 2017 campaign enters its final stages.
The result of the week though went to Scotsman, Duncan Stewart, who got off to a fantastic start with a five-under-par opener to enter day two tied in fourth. A level-par round followed on day two as the Integro-sponsored golfer negotiated the cut comfortably. Heading into the weekend safely inside the top-twenty, Duncan gained a further two shots on moving day as he lifted himself into T11 heading into the final day’s play. A birdie at the eighteenth on the final day meant Stewart dragged himself back up inside the top-ten to mark an excellent week on the European Tour.
Closer to home, John Parry, Curtis Griffiths and Nick Marsh headed to Luton Hoo for the Bridgestone Challenge as the Challenge Tour switched to a Stableford format for the week. Unfortunately, Curtis was forced to retire with injury after the first day’s play while John narrowly missed the cut at the halfway stage.
However, Nick Marsh marked a positive return to the Challenge Tour as the PGA EuroPro Tour enjoyed a scheduled week off. The young Englishman enjoyed his strongest round on day one, ending on +8 in T28. The Sema Lease-sponsored player enjoyed solid scoring through the rest of the week to eventually close on +21 for the week on his way to a T40 finish.
Richard Mansell continued his transition to the professional ranks with a positive showing at the Royal Ascot Cup. The 22-year-old recorded four birdies on the opening day on his way to a two-under-par round of 68. There was a hiccup on the final day at the second for Richard but he recovered in excellent style as he notched seven birdies to claw his way back to a one-under-par final round. This recovery helped Richard to a T16 finish overall.
Duncan Maxim, Head of Golf at MB Partners, was delighted for Duncan to record a season’s best finish in Switzerland.
“It was very timely for Duncan to produce his best result of the season in Crans. We have felt that his game has been close for the past few weeks, but just a few costly errors have prevented him from making cuts so it is great to see he got his just rewards. This will provide a huge confidence boost heading into the final six events. Chris produced another very solid performance and really feels his game is close to pushing for a high finish. It’s going to be a very exciting finish to the season for all our guys.”
The European Tour heads to Holland this week for the KLM Open where Chris Hanson, Duncan Stewart and John Parry will all be in action. Meanwhile, Curtis Griffiths will be MB Partners’ sole participant at the Irish Challenge on the Challenge Tour and Nick Marsh will be in PGA EuroPro Tour action at The Clippers Logistics Championship.