Kinross pro so close to glory

Gary Harvey, professional at Kinross Golf Club.
Gary Harvey, professional at Kinross Golf Club.

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.”