“Ridiculous” finish seals Loughrey’s first pro win

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Wrag Barn golfer Ben Loughrey claimed his first win as a professional today and will celebrate with a night at the bingo before returning to his day job on Wednesday.

Loughrey’s win came at The Wychwood golf course on the Jamega Tour and he won it in dramatic style after forcing his way into a play-off thanks to an eagle at the last.

Having put himself in the mix following an opening day 71, Loughrey needed a sensational finish to chase down leaders Sam Day and Louis Hirst.

A bogey at 14 didn’t help his cause but then came what Loughrey described as a “ridiculous” finish to his tournament.

Birdies at 15, 16 and 17 left him needing an eagle to force a three-way play-off with Day and Hirst but Loughrey did exactly that, sinking a two at the par four 18th.

Into the play-off, Loughrey had chances to claim an early win but it took until the fourth extra hole for the Wrag Barn star to clinch the title.

Speaking to Your Sport Swindon, Loughrey said: “I played okay most of the day and then finished in ridiculous style birdie, birdie, birdie, eagle to make it into the play-off.

“The play-off was good, I had putts to win on the second and third play-off holes and finally got it done on the fourth.”

When asked how he would celebrate, Loughrey said: “I’m off to play bingo. No joke.

“I’m back at work tomorrow running the family shop, Over Farm Market.

“I’m a part-time pro and I’m happy with it. I enjoy working there and I’m happy playing on Jamega, it’s a fantastic tour.”