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Golf: Chris Halley top of Yorkshire Order of Merit
10:57am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Sport
CHRIS HALLEY has come top of the Yorkshire Order of Merit – despite being unavailable for the last event due to his “champion” commitments.
He nearly capped his superb summer with triumph in the England Golf Champion of Champions event at Woodhall Spa, too, where he finished as runner-up having led for most of the day.
The 28-year-old Halley had gone to the Lincolnshire course for the 36-hole strokeplay tournament as the reigning Yorkshire Amateur champion.
However, he was edged out at the top as Bobby Keeble, an 18-year-old England Boys international from Essex, shot a birdie four on the final hole.
Keeble carded two rounds of level-par 73 on a wet and windy day, whereas Halley fired a 79 to follow a majestic five-under-par 68 in the morning.
That opening round had included eagles on three of the par-five holes, along with three birdies, but he, along with several other front-runners, slipped up in the afternoon.
“I missed short putts on the opening three holes then bogeyed four and five,” said Halley, who works as a joiner in his hometown of Whitby.
“I didn’t hit it anywhere near as good as I had in the morning.”
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