England and Wales (North) Region
22 Sep 19
David Shacklady secured back-to-back Staysure Tour titles at the Druh Belts presents Paris Legends Championship by Renault Z.E. after prevailing in a play against Jean-François Remésy at Racing Club de France la Boulie.
The PGA Professional, who is attached to Ormskirk Golf Club, went into the last of the three-day tournament sharing the lead with James Kingston.
But the threat to the Englishman’s prospects of following up his triumph in the Sinclair Invitational three weeks ago with another victory came from Remésy.
He reached the turn level with Shacklady thanks to three birdies on the front nine but spurned the chance to seal victory on the 72nd hole when he was unable to convert a ten-foot putt for an eagle.
Reprieved, Shacklady tapped in for par and followed up by winning the first play-off hole.
Reflecting on winning successive tournaments, Shacklady said: “It’s amazing to win back-to-back titles. I would have just taken the one win.
“It’s not easy to win on this Tour at all as there are some great players out here, so to win twice is beyond my wildest dreams. I’m just delighted.
‘’I stayed very patient, it’s a very tricky golf course and you’ve got to be quite strategic with where you hit your shots. I’m hitting it lovely, so it was just about picking your spot and executing the shots.''
Shacklady follows in the footsteps of defending champion Gary Orr, who also celebrated back-to-back victories in Paris twelve months ago.
‘’I enjoyed it last year and fancied it this week with the way I’m playing and how the golf course suits my eye,” he added. “It was back and forth all round, particularly over the back nine, with both of us getting plenty of birdies.
“He hit a great shot into the last and had the opportunity to win it there. It was a just a great battle and I had so much fun playing out there.”
Overnight leader Kingston finished in third place, two shots out of the play-off, after a final round of two under par 70, while another PGA pro, South Staffs Golf Club’s Peter Baker finished a shot further back in fourth.
With his victory Shacklady moves into fourth on the Staysure Tour Order of Merit, with Phillip Price continuing to lead the way following his seventh-place finish in Paris.
Final scores: 203 D Shacklady (Eng) 69 66 68, J Remesy (Fra) 70 66 67,
205 J Kingston (RSA) 68 67 70,
206 P Baker (Eng) 69 69 68,
208 M Brier (Aut) 74 68 66, M Atlevi (Swe) 70 69 69,
209 T Levet (Fra) 67 71 71, P Price (Wal) 69 73 67, J Carriles (Esp) 71 69 69,
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