He extended his lead when he sunk a slippery 8 foot putt for par on the 11th. With only seven holes remaining, Johnson’s chances of recovery were running out. His hopes surely rested on the two par 5’s yet to come. After seeing his birdie putt lip out at the 12th, he had to reach the par 5, 13th in two shots – something that Beale would not be able to achieve. Unfortunately for him, he pulled his drive into the cuss-cuss grass that bordered the left of the fairway. The resulting bogey sealed the young man’s fate. The final margin of victory was four strokes, Beale’s 69 to Johnson’s 73.
Throughout the 54 holes, Beale’s consistency off the tee, backed up by accurate approach shots, outlasted Johnson’s powerful, but sometimes wayward, driving. The final scores were:
Roger Beale 70 + 72 + 69 = 211
James Johnson 74 + 68 + 73 = 215
At the presentation afterwards, Denny Foster, the organizer of the Match, thanked the management of the two courses, The Country Club and Royal Westmoreland, for hosting the Match, the respective parties that donated the prize money, and Benny Larsson who was responsible for the live scoring on the BGA website.
Roger will go on to play in the Canadian Club Pro’s Championship at Sunridge Canyon in Scottsdale, Arizona, later this month, while James will travel to Vera Cruz, Mexico, as a member of the Barbados contingent competing at the CAC Games.
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