England and Wales (North) Region
23 Jun 18
David Brunton rolled back the years to win the Manchester Open - despite putting away his clubs for the whole of last winter.
The 48-year-old professional, who enjoys a long-term attachment at Ringway Golf Club, took his foot off the pedal over the closing holes in the second and final round when the wind strength increased.
"I eagled the ninth to move to four-under then played sensibly on the home stretch," he explained after posting rounds of 70 and 71 for a three-under-par total to prevail by a shot from trio of players.
"I'm highly delighted to win the Manchester Open after all this time," said Brunton who recently spent a couple of years on the EuroPro Tour."
But the biggest drama in his life was when he suffered a heart attack during a round at Frilford Heath in 2014.
"I collapsed on the course, broke my ribs and chest plate and was in hospital for two weeks. It took me six months to recover," he recalled.
Brunton joined the paid ranks at 17 and among his mentors was Denis Durnian who was pro at Northenden.
He also spent a year on the European Tour from 1998. "That was a great experience and well worth it," he added.
Meanwhile, shot of the day was a hole-in-one by Tom Bromilow, 25, a first year Assistant at Bolton club Regent Park, who found the target with a four iron at the 244-yard 16th.
141 David Brunton (Ringway) 70 71; 142 Oliver Smith (Ashton on Mersey) 71 71, David Shacklady (Mossock Hall) 72 70, David Smith (Swinton Park) 72 70, 142 Robert Booth (Outlane) 68 74; 143 Ioan Jones (Abersoch) 68 75; 144 Mathew Webb (Bedlingtonshire) 72 72, Tim Dykes (Penrith) 71 73, James Wilkinson (Penrith Footgolf).
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