High finishes for top England golfers

Dan Brown

Leading English golfers Dan Brown, Josh McMahon and Ian Crowther have amassed a string of high finishes in international events.

Brown, the English champion from Masham in Yorkshire (image © Leaderboard Photography), struck first by claiming third place in the South African stroke play. McMahon and Crowther quickly followed up, both finishing runner-up in the Portuguese amateur and the Spanish seniors, respectively.

Brown made his mark in the first event of a four-week tour of South Africa, moving steadily up the leaderboard with rounds of level par 70, 67, 67, 68. His play was marked by impressive strings of birdies, four-in-a-row in both the second and third rounds and four in six holes in the final round. He finished three behind Edgar Catherine of France.

He’s on tour with fellow England Golf internationals, Josh Hilleard (Farrington Park, Somerset) and James Walker (The Oaks, Yorkshire), who both made the cut, and by Sean Towndrow (Southport & Ainsdale, Lancashire) who is returning to international golf after treatment for blood cancer. He missed the cut by one shot but told his Twitter followers: “Played good overall and pleased with my progress. Practice for a few days now, then onto the next tournament.”

The next date for the players is the Cape Province Open at George Golf Club and Oubaai Golf Club, which starts tomorrow.

In the Portuguese amateur Josh McMahon (Wallasey, Cheshire) held a one-shot lead going in to the final round, but was overtaken by Finland’s Sami Välimäki who powered home with a closing four-under 68.

McMahon, a member of the England Men’s A Squad, finished the event on five-under and was one of four England players in the top ten. Fellow squad member Gian-Marco Petrozzi (Trentham, Staffordshire) was fourth on three-under, a shot ahead of Bailey Gill (Lindrick, Yorkshire) and another A squad player, George Bloor (Cavendish), Derbyshire).

In the Spanish senior championship, Ian Crowther (Royal Lytham & St Annes, Lancashire) held the first round lead with his opening 68, but slipped a shot behind Scotland’s Robert Jenkins after his second round 73. Both players carded 74 in the final round, leaving Crowther just one adrift of the title.

Crowther, a senior international, led a strong English challenge in the championship. He was joined in the top 10 by third placed Douglas Cameron (Moor Park, Hertfordshire); Neil Self (Stand, Lancashire) and Stephen East (Leeds Golf Centre, Yorkshire) who tied fourth; and Clive Jones (France) and Gareth Bradley (Bramhall, Cheshire); who shared sixth place.