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Heath, Eikenaar take European Mid-Amateur titles in Finland
Richard Heath and Myrte Eikenaar (European Golf/Twitter photo)
Richard Heath and Myrte Eikenaar (European Golf/Twitter photo)

Richard Heath has had close calls in the European Mid-Amateur the past two years – finishing sixth a year ago and runner-up in 2017 – but this year at St. Laurence Golf in Lohja, Finland, Heath closed the deal. The Australian logged rounds of 69-68-66 in the event and at 13 under, won by a commanding eight shots.

Heath had only three bogeys on the week, two of which came at the par-4 17th. He was the picture of consistency on his way to his second win in this event. He last won in 2015, when he did it wire-to-wire.

He started out trailing Swede Daniel Olsson at the beginning of the week, but when Olsson followed an opening 68 with a second-round 76, Heath took the advantage. His final-round 66 tied for the low score of the tournament. Germany’s Daniel Schmieding matched that score in the final round to claw his way into second. He rose eight spots on the leaderboard to finish at 5 under.

Frenchman Christophe de Grancey was also on that number.

In the women’s division, Myrte Eikenaar from the Netherlands had 72-80-70 to win the title by two shots over Nina Birken. It is Eikenaar’s first win in the event.

Amandine Vincent of Rance and Louise Gothberg of Sweden tied for second with their 10-over total.

ABOUT THE European Mid-Amateur

The premier mid-amateur championship in Continental Europe, conducted by the European Golf Association, which is comprised of 38 member countries. Mid-amateur defined as ages 35 and over. 54 hole stroke play format.

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