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International Team Championships 2009 - Final Round


Source: The PGAs of Europe Third time lucky for Wales! After first missing out in a play-off in 2007 and illness taking it's toll last year, the team of Andy Barnett, Jason Powell and James Lee finally secured top spot. Congratulations! ...

Final Round - Red Dragons Roar To Victory in Spain

Wales exorcised the disappointment of being beaten in a play-off by Austria two years ago by winning the PGAs of Europe International Team Championship at Roda today.

And they did so in style, putting three strokes between themselves and their closest pursuer in the 24-strong field after beginning the fourth and final round sharing pole position with England.

2009 Winners - WalesEngland had led the Glenmuir and Calidona-sponsored tournament at the PGA-branded academy and course in Murcia, Spain, from day one but faltered in the final round.

Their team of Paul Simpson, Jason Robinson and Paul Wesselingh posted two-under-par and had to settle for joint-second place with Switzerland.

The challenge of France, Switzerland, and Italy, who overnight were third, fourth and fifth respectively, also failed to materialise.

Not so the Welsh trio, who with the best two scores counting, carded five-under-par to finish the tournament on 15-under.

Jason Powell, as he had in the second and third rounds, led the way with a three-under-par 69 and Andrew Barnett weighed in two-under.

Barnett’s round included an eagle at the par five tenth as a result of him holing out from a greenside bunker.

“That got me going,” said Barnett, who was two-over at the turn. “I made two birdies immediately after that.”

The third member of the trio, captain James Lee, was indebted to his team-mates after carding a two-over par 74.

“They helped me out big time today,” he said. “And although I’m a little disappointed with the way I played, I’m delighted with the win. It makes up for losing in a play-off to Austria two years ago. Andy and I were both in that team and it was bitterly disappointing".

Captaining Wales to victory was a perfect finale to a memorable season for Lee who won the Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship at Dundonald Links in the summer and represented Great Britain and Ireland in the PGA Cup.

“It had been a great year already and this really tops it off,” he added. “It’s great for Wales and a vote of thanks to our sponsors, Asbri Golf, a Welsh company who supplied us with accessories, and Ryder Cup Wales, who have doen a huge amount for golf in the country.”

Meanwhile, defending champions Ireland were left to rue what might have been after finally getting their game together in the final round.

The Irish, who turned the tournament into a procession last year, languished on four-under, 11 strokes off the pace overnight. But a round of eight-under, courtesy of all three members – David Ryan, Peter Martin and John Kelly – carding rounds of 68, saw them finish joint-fourth with France on 12-under.

Round 4 and Final Result:

Rank  Name  Country  R1  R2  R3  ToPar  Hole  Total 
1. WALES 143 138 140 -16 72 560
2. SWITZERLAND 150 136 137 -13 72 563
2. ENGLAND 137 142 142 -13 72 563
4. IRELAND 143 144 141 -12 72 564
4. FRANCE 146 139 137 -12 72 564
6. ITALY 147 144 133 -10 72 566
7. FINLAND 144 142 142 -4 72 572
7. NETHERLANDS 145 140 143 -4 72 572
9. SCOTLAND 147 141 143 -3 72 573
10. SWEDEN 148 143 142 -1 72 575
10. BELGIUM 143 145 144 -1 72 575
12. AUSTRIA 147 140 144 0 72 576
13. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 143 146 144 1 72 577
14. SPAIN 150 142 144 3 72 579
15. DENMARK 149 146 147 7 72 583
16. SLOVENIA 152 146 144 11 72 591
17. CZECH REPUBLIC 153 145 147 18 72 594
18. NORWAY 155 150 143 20 72 596
18. GERMANY 153 147 148 20 72 596
18. POLAND 153 150 150 20 72 524
21. SOUTH AFRICA 152 147 151 23 72 600
22. CROATIA 148 152 150 33 72 609
23. LUXEMBOURG 155 158 147 39 72 542
24. SLOVAK REPUBLIC 158 157 160 58 72 553


Source: The PGAs of Europe

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