Shacklady plays his cards right – at last!

MOSSOCK Hall maestro David Shacklady is celebrating winning his card to compete on the Staysure Tour after a year after losing in a three-man play-off.

And this time he secured his playing rights with a par on the 18th hole for a one over par total at Portugal’s Pestana Golf Resort.

Meanwhile, Rafael Gomez became the first Argentinian since Horacio Carbonetti to clear the hurdle after signing for a five under par final round, minus seven all told.

Paul Streeter, John Kemp and David MacLaren all qualified. Kemp, a member of Woburn Golf Club, host venue of the Travis Perkins Masters, was bidding to become the first amateur golfer since Denis O’Sullivan in 1997 to win Qualifying School, but would settle for second place on three under par.

“It’s a bit of a shock,” said Kemp “I probably played my worst golf of the week out there today, but it was all about the result. I was watching the boards as I went around the course, so I knew what I needed to do out there.

“I was a little bit anxious but I managed to grind it out on the back nine. The guys I play with back home will say that I can get a score even if I’m not playing at my best.”

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