Gates returns to winning ways

Jersey's Martin Gates wins the first Europro Tour event in Saunton

Sam Jarman
Fri, 24 Mar 2000
Gates returns to winning ways

Former European tour player Martin Gates from Jersey made a winning return from injury to claim the £7,000 first prize in the Euro Pro Tour event at Saunton. In blustery conditions, Gates added a superb second round 68 to his first round 70 for a 4 under par winning total. This was good enough for a one shot winning margin from 3 players including first round leader Michael Welch and local favourite Simon McCarthy.

Gates made 7 birdies for his 68, holing good putts on the front nine, hitting it close on 12 and 18 and getting up and down from the front edge of the par five 15th. The tougher second day conditions affected the overnight leaders all of whom dropped shots over the back nine.

Gates, whose last tournament was the Lancome Trophy in 1998, has been sidelined with a shoulder injury and will be playing on the Challenge Tour this year. With form like this he will be back on the big stage soon.

Euro Pro Tour. Saunton G.C
1st Martin GATES Unattached 70 68 138 £7,000.00
2nd Michael WELCH Hill Valley 66 73 139 £2,750.00
2nd Jonathan LOOSEMORE Moortown 72 67 139 £2,750.00
2nd Simon McCarthy Royal North Devon 68 71 139 £2,750.00
5th Mark HILTON East Sussex 67 73 140 £925.00
5th David RAY The Bristol 71 69 140 £925.00
5th Kevin SPURGEON Unattached 66 74 140 £925.00
5th Warren BLADON Unattached 71 69 140 £925.00
9th Mark FOSTER Worksop 68 73 141 £718.00
9th Ben MASON Sand Moor 69 72 141 £718.00
9th Gary CLARK Logistix Kids 69 72 141 £718.00
9th Robert WRAGG Renishaw Park 67 74 141 £718.00
13th Paul DWYER Clitheroe 69 73 142 £539.37
13th Mark TREVLEAVEN Hayling Island 71 71 142 £539.37
13th Stuart ROBERTS Bhrgoed 71 71 142 £539.37
13th Jesper NIELSEN Dukes Dene 67 75 142 £539.37
13th Ian FULTON Unattached 69 73 142 £539.37
13th Mark PULLAN ATP Advertising 71 71 142 £539.37
13th Paul WAY Unattached 69 73 142 £539.37
13th Scott ASTIN Royal Lytham 71 71 142 £539.37

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