7th August 2017
John Parry enjoyed a strong performance in Finland this past week but his chances of a late climb up the leader board were taken away by heavy rain in Finland. In a quieter week than usual for the MB Partners golfing stable, both John and Seven Benson travelled to Finland for the Vierumäki Finnish Challenge while Nick Marsh continued his PGA Euro Pro Tour calendar at the Nokia Masters.
Seve travelled to Finland as he stepped up his recovery from a back injury which had kept him out for the last few events. The TPS-sponsored golfer began his week in solid fashion, carding a level-par opening round of 72. Unfortunately, Seve was unable to continue beyond this as the recurring pain in his back returned and he made an early decision to cut short his week.
John got his week off to a storming start in Finland as six opening-day birdies helped the Arbuthnot Latham-backed golfer to a four-under par first round. Heading into the second day placed in T14, John carded a level-par second round to make the cut comfortably. As weather conditions worsened and play became more sporadic, John’s third round was an interrupted one as he managed to post a one-over par score.
Heavy rain meant that the fourth round was a non-entity as the tournament was reduced to a 54-hole contest. This meant that John ended the week in T63, closing on a three-under par total.
Elsewhere, Nick Marsh travelled to Mannings Heath Golf Club as he looked to continue his excellent run of form on PGA EuroPro Tour. The Sema Lease-supported golfer enjoyed a strong first day’s play as a two-under par opener meant he positioned himself strongly for the week. The Yorkshireman went one better on day two, gaining three further shots to place himself in T8 heading into the final day with realistic hopes of threatening the top of the leader board. Unfortunately for Nick, a final day score of 71 was not enough to climb into the upper echelons of the leading back as he ultimately had to settle for a T13 finish.
Head of Golf at MB Partners, Duncan Maxim, was pleased to see John produce a solid performance in Finland and is confident it will signal a positive end to the year.
“It has been a much better week for John, I’m really pleased he showed some form as I have felt it has been threatening for a while. He’s working hard to continue to score, as his ball striking has been very good of late. I’m hoping Seve will have a good break soon, it seems his back has prevented him from moving forward. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem much he can do other than rest and injections.”
“Nick Marsh is still showing consistent form and he is still in a very strong position to gain one of the five cards on offer for the Challenge Tour come the end of the season. I have no doubt he will have another opportunity to win over the closing events.’
Next week brings a big week for the MBP golfing stable. Jordan Smith heads to Quail Hollow for the USPGA Championship, the 24-year-old’s first ever major appearance. It is also the turn of the Northern Ireland Open this week, one of the biggest events of the year on the Challenge Tour, where John Parry, Seve Benson and Curtis Griffiths will all be in action. Finally, Nick Marsh heads to Wychwood Park Golf Club for The Motocaddy Masters.