Yuill is club champion for the first time

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John Yuill became club champion for the first time after winning a thrilling play-off at Links Golf Club.

The 64-year-old’s morning round of 78 left him three strokes off the pace set by Ken Parsons, whose round of 75 saw him hold a two-shot lead over Ed Harper, Jason Evans, Matt Hartley and Christian Puttock.

Yuill started the afternoon round in a two-over-par 39 for the first nine holes, before three consecutive bogeys looked to have squandered his chances.

The recently crowned County Seniors Champion fought back with five pars and a crucial birdie on the 18th hole to complete a round of 76.

With Parsons slipping to a 79 and Harper repeating his morning 77, a three-way sudden-death play-off was required to decide the champion.

After Parsons was eliminated after the first hole, Yuill and Harper played another three holes before the former secured victory with a par at the fourth to take home the trophy.

Elsewhere, Derren Williams shot net scores of 66 and 75 to win the Reynolds Salver Handicap by five shots ahead of Adam Duer and Puttock.

Gerry Johnstone scored 42 points to win the Ennion Salver, finishing in front of Rob Scott and Teddy Hall in the Stableford event.

Prizes were also handed out for the best morning and best afternoon gross and net scores, with Evans, Eoin McCann, Paul Sharplin and Phillip Robinson among the winners.

n Ely’s Emily Slater had a disappointing afternoon in the final qualifying round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

Slater missed out on finishing in the top 12 places to qualify after a round of 90 saw her finish 16 over par, with the highlight of her round being back-to-back birdies on holes 12 and 13.