England Golf Club News 18th Oct, 2018 by ukclubgolfer.co.uk
Dave Coupland’s stunning opening round 62 paved the way for him to win the IFX and Winged Boots Championship by two shots for his second title of the season.
Coupland had his eyes set on the lucrative £59,000 bonus, awarded to any player on the satellite circuit who posts a round of 59 during the season. However, in settling for a round of 62, it was still the joint-lowest score ever recorded on the tour.
At the start of the final round, the Woodhall Spa man was three shots clear of the chasing pack and a closing round of 70 was enough to secure the third EuroPro Tour title of his career.
The victory puts him level on two wins with Mark Young, with the pair currently battling it out for £250,000, which is a season bonus handed out to any player who records four wins.
“I’m over the moon to get my second win of the season,” he said. “I felt there was a lot of pressure on me, especially after the opening round I had, but I kept telling myself each day was a blank slate and that helped me stick to my game plan.
“The eagle on 14 gave me a little bit of a cushion but I immediately gave up one of those shots after I misjudged my second shot on the next hole, and three-putting it in the end.”
In winning the championship, Coupland becomes the first ever golfer to win the Pro-Am as well as the tournament itself.
He now moves to the top of the Order of Merit and has now all but confirmed a Challenge Tour card for next year season.
The final group consisted of Richard Mansell, who finished runner-up, and Billy Spooner, who is a close friend of Coupland.
“It was brilliant playing with a close family friend of mine in Billy Spooner and I think we both helped each other settle into our games and stay relaxed out there,” he added.
“The goal for me at the start of the season was to win the Order of Merit and it’s great to be top now with a handful of events left in the season.”