Cornwall's high profile golfing season continues as yesterday Truro GC's very own Rhys Enoch ended a seven-year wait for a European Challenge Tour title at the D+D REAL Slovakia Challenge after posting a four under par round of 68 on the final day at Penati Golf Resort.
Rhys carded four consecutive sub-70 rounds to register an 18 under par total of 270 and secure a one-shot victory over New Zealand’s Josh Geary, who propelled himself into contention on day four with a six under par round of 66 and a first prize of 32000 Euros.The win sees him jump into 7th place on the Challenge Tour rankings and to 249th on the Official World Golf Rankings - a leap of over 100 places.
It has been an unforgettable few weeks for 31-year-old Rhys, who showcased his potential to perform on the biggest stage with a spectacular 66 cut making second round in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach last month.
In round 4 Rhys started two shots behind overnight leader Darius van Driel (Netherlands) but soon took control with four birdies over the opening nine holes and despite bad weather forcing a short delay after 16 holes, former Cornwall County team member Enoch held on to secure his first Challenge Tour title.
‘’This has been a long time coming,’’ he said. ‘’There are so many emotions right now. I’m obviously just so happy, relieved and just excited about what this can mean going forward. To put yourself in these positions and not get it done, you wonder if you’re ever going to get over the finish line, but it just feels so great to have finally got the win. Everyone at home is behind me and wants me to see me do well, so it is exciting for me but also for all my family. If you’d have told me at the start of June what the next month or so would bring, I would have been absolutely over the moon with that. I’ve got a baby boy being born in six weeks, so life is about to change and I’m going to need to balance my golf and travel, but I’m just really excited for what the future can bring.’’