Evans has to settle for second in Brabazon Trophy

Wellingborough's Ryan Evans finished in a tie for second in the Brabazon Trophy

Wellingborough's Ryan Evans finished in a tie for second in the Brabazon Trophy

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Wellingborough golfer Ryan Evans was forced to settle for a tie for second place after a dramatic final day in the Brabazon Trophy.

Evans went into the final round as part of a three-way tie for the lead but England colleague Ben Stow sealed the title thanks to birdies at the last two holes, which gave him a round of 66 – equalling Evans’ record for the Seaton Carew course, which he set earlier in the competition.

Stow finished on 14-under-par, just one shot clear of Evans and another England man Ashley Chesters.

Evans had seven birdies in his 67 and, despite not being able to claim the title, he paid tribute to Stow.

“Hats off to Ben, it was a great finish by him,” Evans said.

“Coming down the last I heard the cheering but I didn’t know if it was Ben or Craig Ross had holed for birdie.

“If I had shot 67 anywhere else I’d expect to win but if someone had offered me second place before the start I’d have taken it.

“I felt it was going to be my week but not winning could put me out of the running for a place in the Eisenhower Trophy team. That’s important but we’ll have to see.”