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RICHARD O’Hanlon held his nerve to be crowned the Farmfoods British Par 3 Champion following a titanic struggle at Solihull’s Nailcote Hall.

RICHARD O’Hanlon held his nerve to be crowned the Farmfoods British Par 3 Champion following a titanic struggle at Solihull’s Nailcote Hall.

O’Hanlon finished on six-under par, edging out Nailcote Hall’s own professional Mark Mouland and European Tour player Andrew Marshall by one shot.

That was after O’Hanlon had shot a first round score of 51 to leave him two shots behind overnight leader Mouland.

O’Hanlon had the support of European Tour regular Robert Rock, who followed him around the course and then watched him follow-up his PGA order of merit win in the Forest of Dean - his first major title in 22 years.

Another European Tour player Oliver Fisher struck a solid two under par and tied for fourth place with former British Amateur champion Gary Wolstenholme.

O’Hanlon later collected his prize in traditional manner when presented with 5,000 one pound coins in a wheelbarrow.

He said: “It was great to have Robert Rock follow me around the course and then watch me lift the championship. I’m so delighted to win such a prestigious event, coming on the back of a great win in the Forest Classic”.

Nailcote also staged two celebrity golf days that took place either side of the Pro Am.

Former Yorkshire and England cricketer Brian Close won both events, beating the likes of Sir Bobby Charlton, Peter Shilton, Jasper Carrott, William Roache, Strictly Come Dancing’s Len Goodman and snooker legend Willie Thorne.

Two gala balls also took place at Nailcote, which was hosted by golfing great Tony Jacklin, where both events helped raise funds for Rainbows Hospice and the Seve Ballesteros Foundation.

 

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