Golf: First title for Harry Bateman

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Harry Bateman claimed his first professional victory when he won the PGA EuroPro Tour’s Buildbase Open yesterday.

The New Zealander carded a final round 69, three under par, to win by one stroke from Scott Campbell and claim the £10,000 winner’s prize and a brand new Motocaddy trolley at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire. Bateman (Royal Wellington Golf Club) had begun the day two strokes behind overnight leader Tom Wilde, an amateur who finished the week six under par as one of six players tied 18th following a final round 77.

Runner-up Campbell (Hallowes) birdied the last two holes to sign for a final-round 69. Richard Wallis (Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club) finished tied third on nine under with Paul Shields (Kirkhill Golf Club), George Cowan (Westerhope Golf Club), Greg Payne (Chobham Golf Club) and Jack Harrison (Wildwood Golf Club).