Cameron Raymond came up just short at the Clutch pro tour event at Slaley Hall.Raymond shot a 1-under-par 71 to finish in solo second,1 shot behind winner Jack South. Raymond started fast with birdies on the first two holes and another on the 6th, but a double bogey on the 9th derailed his challenge.
Overnight leader John-ross Galbraith faded with 5 bogeys for a 3-over-par 75 and a tie for 4th place.
Raymond told the Irish Golfer he got nervous on the back nine but says he is happy with his work overall.
“I’m a little bit disappointed with today. I was poor on the back nine, mainly the last 6 holes. Most likely a bit of anxiety creeping in, I had an eye on the leaderboard so I knew where I was at and I struggled hitting it close. I had some nice up and downs coming in, a nice up and down on the last and Jack made a nice two putt on the last to win”, he said
Raymond is now looking to switch his focus to the challenge tour and is hopeful of a place in the co-sanctioned event at the ISPS Handa at Galgorm next week.
“The last month or so my golf has been pretty solid, not a whole lot of mistakes, definitely trending in the right direction. I’m guessing that’s my card kept on the clutch tour so i’m going to try and shift my focus a bit with a couple of challenge tour events coming up and hoping to sneak into ISPS Handa next week”.
Raymond is hoping to take his new found form into the rest of the season after a tough year last year.
“Things have been great. I’ve been grinding with my coach and I’m really happy with this week. It was tough last year being out injured, coming back this year and getting off to an ok start but the last six weeks since Galgorm have been pretty solid, I’ve been enjoying it a lot. Hopefully some opportunities come now and I can kick on ahead of Q-school”.
It was a disappointing day for Raymond’s playing partner Stuart Grehan. Grehan shot a 6-over-par 78 to fall to a tie for 30th place. Conor O’Rourke shot a 7-over-par 79 to fall to a tie for 48th on 2-over-par.