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Parry applies the finishing touch!

David Hannis & Steve Parry.jpegSTEVE Parry staged a grandstand finish to win the James Brearley Lancashire Open for the second time in three years at blustery Blackpool North Shore.

The Hart Common professional, who  trailed a shot behind overnight leader Davenport’s Scott Howarth who had posted a five-under-par 66, looked to be slipping back into the pack after a double bogey at the ninth.

But Parry (pictured right with David Hannis, CEO of James Brearley) immediately retrieved the situation with an eagle at the next hole which proved just the incentive he needed.

“That lifted me to minus four but I didn’t have a clue about what was going on elsewhere on the course,” he admitted.

“I then birdied the 10th and dropped a stroke at the next but picked up shots on three of the next four holes, despite the strong wind, then parred the last two to finish six-under-par.”

Parry, who turned 40 last week, also picked up three Order of Merit awards in as many years.

But he revealed: “I have not had great season on the EuroPro Tour but I’ll keep trying. A lot of good players are my age and over and there’s no way I’m going to slow down.”

Liverpool Driving Range professional Tim Ford repeated his opening round of 69 to finish in a share of second place with Swinton Park’s David Smith.

FINAL ROUND: 136 Steve Parry (Hart Common) 67 69; 138 Tim Ford (Liverpool Driving Range) 69 69, David Smith (Swinton Park) 68 70; 139 Timothy Dykes (Penrith) 73 66, David Shacklady (Mossock Hall) 70 69; 140 Robert Booth (Outlane) 70 70; 141 Daniel Croft (Allerton Manor) 72 69, Phil Kelly (PK Golf) 71 70, Ryan O’Neill (Penwortham) 71 70, Craig Corrigan (Chilli Dip) 70 71, Jamie Howarth (Davenport) 69 72.

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Great Scott! Howarth passes the test

SCOTT Howarth defied testing conditions in the first round of the James Brearley Lancashire Open at wind-swept Blackpool North Shore to take the overnight lead by a shot.

The 38-year-old from Davenport-attached professional birdied the 10th, his first hole, and never looked back.

“I was three-under-par after four which was a great start. I reached the turn without dropping a shot but I knew the back nine would be tougher because of the weather,” he said as he posted a five-under-par 66.

“I made sure I didn’t short-side myself and I was aware there were a lot of tough pins to negotiate so I played to the middle of the green. I rolled in a good birdie at the 14th and did not make any mistakes on the way in,” added Howarth whose brother Jamie was two-under and still in the reckoning.

Hart Common professional Steve Parry put one hand on the trophy he won two years ago when he reeled off six birdies, offset by a pair of bogeys, to trail by a stroke going into tomorrow’s second and final day.

“Considering the weather I was happy with my score,” he said. “I rolled the ball on the greens pretty well. They and the rest of the course were superb and I fancy my chances tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, Chorley’s Andrew Palmer maintained his winning form as he shared third spot with Swinton Park’s David Smith.

FIRST ROUND LEADERS: 66 Scott Howarth (Davenport); 67 Steve Parry; 68 Andrew Palmer (Chorley), David Smith (Swinton Park); 69 Tim Ford (Liverpool DR), Alex Evans, Graham Cox (Lymm); Jamie Howarth .