Grandfather's death inspires Farr to win first European Challenge Tour title

Ludlow Advertiser: Oliver Farr shows off his Turkish Airlines Challenge Trophy. Picture by Maestro Photography Services. Oliver Farr shows off his Turkish Airlines Challenge Trophy. Picture by Maestro Photography Services.

GOLF ace Oliver Farr put the death of his grandfather to one side to claim his first European Challenge Tour win on a dramatic final day in Turkey.

Farr, from Newnham Bridge, produced a stunning birdie at the final hole to secure a two-shot victory in the Turkish Airlines Challenge.

Sunday's win came just five days after Farr's grandfather Malcolm died and the golfer was close to withdrawing from the event.

But, the former Ludlow Golf Club champion decided to stay and used the emotion to spur him on.

"It's been a tough week for my family - we lost my grandfather on the Tuesday and I wanted to go home, but my parents forced me stay," said Farr.

"I was trying to do it for him and my family and to to give them something to smile about.

"He has inspired me this week to just keep going and it just puts golf into perspective.

"It was the first tournament where I felt really comfortable and then my grandfather died, so it was just a strange feeling.

"But, it's great to win and I just have to keep going now because there is a lot of golf to play this season."

The 26-year-old carded a two-under par final round of 70 to finish two shots clear of a packed field at the southern Turkish resort of Belek.

Despite a slow start, which included bogeying the first hole, Farr came out fighting on the back nine.

Even though a birdie at the par three 11th was followed by a bogey at the 14th, Farr carded a four at the par five 15th.

Then came the moment he had been waiting for - a birdie at the 18th to secure his first Challenge Tour win in just his fourth tournament of his debut season.

"I'm ecstatic with the win, said Farr, who topped the EuroPro Tour Order of Merit last year to book his place on the Challenge Tour.

"It was a fantastic wedge to five-feet and it's a putt you always want to win a tournament.

"It's only my fourth event of the year, so it's nice to keep this winning feeling going from last year.

"Things didn't really happen for me in Kenya and Catalunya and then in Madeira, I only got to play one round, so this felt a bit like a season opener for me."

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