Kinross pro so close to glory

Gary Harvey, professional at Kinross Golf Club.

Gary Harvey, professional at Kinross Golf Club.

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MASTER craftsman Garry Harvey showed some nifty skills on the golf course as he finished runner-up in the Senior PGA Professional Championship for the second time in his career.

The Kinross professional, a renowned engraver with responsibility for carving the Open Championship winner on to the Claret Jug, came close to etching his own name in glory – but was far from disappointed in what was never a case of ‘so near, yet so far’.

Harvey, two shots off the overnight lead at the start of the third and final round at Northants County, ground out a two-over-par 72 – including a monster 75 foot putt at the 16th and crucial birdie at the last, to finish one-under for the week and three behind Midlands-based pro Paul Wesselingh.

But having only just come out of ‘hibernation’ having not played since last September, Harvey, who finished in a share of second in 2007, was more than happy with his week’s work, which earned him a cheque for £3500 and a place in next month’s £250,000 ISPS PGA Senior Championship at De Vere Slaley Hall.

“I didn’t play as well as I did yesterday and the wind was playing havoc,” he said.

“I couldn’t judge it at all as it was swirling around. I managed to hole some crucial putts at the right time, which helped.

“But I’m highly delighted as second is way above my expectations.”