New Zealand’s Josh Geary has finished runner-up in a European Challenge Tour event in France, the 34-year old producing one of his well-known low rounds (64) today to finish two shots behind the winner, Sebastian Heisele.
The finish moves Geary to 12th in the Race to Mallorca standings and inside the all-important top 15 who will earn the right to play the European Tour in 2020.
Geary was playing his 10th event of the season as he chases a return to the European Tour after losing his status there following an unsuccessful 2018 season.
The runner-up at this year’s New Zealand Open behind Zach Murray has also finished runner-up on one other occasion on the Challenge Tour this season but while brilliant on occasions it is his lack of consistency that prevents Geary from becoming the player many felt he would when turning professional 12 years ago.
He has however won events in China, Australia, New Zealand and in Canada during that time and is known for producing some very low rounds throughout his career.
Geary led the event through 36 holes but on the low scoring Golf Bluegreen de Pleneuf Val Andre in Pleneuf, a third round of 70 saw him begin the final round three behind Heisele.
Geary, playing two groups ahead of Heisele, briefly took the lead with an eagle on the 11th hole but the 31-year-old duly responded with birdies on the 10th, 11th and 13th and despite a dropped shot on the 14th hole he would stand on the 18th tee needing just a par to secure his first Challenge Tour victory.
He made no mistake, hitting his approach to within a foot of the cup to ensure a tap in was all that was required to be crowned the 2019 Open de Bretagne champion.
Ben Eccles was the only Australian in the field, the former NSW Open and Amateur Champion finishing 55th.
Seven events remain on the European Challenge Tour for this season, culminating with the Tour Championship in Mallorca in early November.
A day to remember for @SHeisele
— Challenge Tour (@Challenge_Tour) September 8, 2019
Photo Josh Geary – file