Mark Treleaven (Hayling GC) and Jonathan Barnes (Lee-on-The-Solent GC) kept their cool to win the Golfbreaks.com PGA Fourball Championship at St Mellion. The pair from Hampshire began the third and final round in pursuit of the title sharing the lead with defending champions Jason Levermore and Andrew Pestell. But while the latter’s challenge evaporated in the Cornish sunshine, Treleaven and Barnes ended the BMW supported event two shots clear of the field for a winner’s cheque of £5,500.
At the end, with four pairs level on 15-under and three holes of the Jack Nicklaus-designed course to play, it was Treleaven and Barnes who seized the moment. A birdie from Barnes at the par five 16th opened up a one-stroke advantage and another at the par four 17th from his partner, the PGA Professional at Hayling Golf Club, was enough to secure victory.
The pair completed the tournament in 17-under and the final round in three-under. Compared with the pyrotechnics of the previous day which saw them card a remarkable 11-under-par 61, their final round was somewhat low key.
Barnes, who represented GB and I in the PGA Cup last year commented, “Mark played awesome yesterday, particularly on the back nine when he had five birdies and an eagle in eight holes. As for today, we kept an eye on the leaderboard and knew what was going on. Playing under those circumstances is good fun, especially on a great course like this one, and we really enjoyed it. It’s a ball strikers course and we’re both good ball strikers and good play got rewarded.”