Deeble back to best to capture British title
PUBLISHED: 18:00 19 September 2012
Debble bags second trophy of the season.
Jamie Deeble bagged his second major trophy of the year when he won the British Match-Play Championships at Snodhurst Bottom in Kent on Sunday.
The victory followed hard on the heels of Deeble’s success in the English Stroke Play Open four weeks ago for the Dagenham player who booked his place in the last two with wins over Dean Row (Snodhurst) 3-2 and Savio Fenandes (Centenary) 2-1.
In the final he faced Snodhurst’s Kevin O’Brien who had secured his place in the decider with victories over Aaron Akester and Phil Maidment in the semi-final.
There was little to separate the pair in the opening exchanges before Deeble drew first blood by going one up after pitching to the green and into the hole for the sole hole-in-one of the day.
O’Brien fought back on the tricky uphill seventh to level the score and then went one up after birdying the next hole.
The scores left the Snodhurst player two up going into the back nine, but Deeble refused to roll over and clawed his way back on the 14th and 15th.
Deeble turned the screw further on the 16th green, winning the hole to go one up and now only needing a putt to clinch victory on the 17th.
But agonisingly, after pitching just short of the green, he missed the putt and the match went to the last hole with a play-off for the title now a distinct possibility.
Deeble’s chances of securing an immediate victory looked to have ended when he pitched past the 18th hole, the ball landing 12ft above the green and behind a tree.
O’Brien pitched to the front edge of the green.
Deeble kept himself in contention with a chip shot that landed within a foot of the hole and then looked on as O’Brien left his putt short to hand victory to the Dagenham player.
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