Penina Triumph for Brooks

Dan Brooks defied a niggling wrist injury to win the Penina Classic IV after a play-off against Sweden’s Hannes Ronneblad at the first extra hole.

The first day saw Dan Brooks and winner of the last two tournaments, Raphael De Sousa, tied at the top on 5 under par with Tom Jordan, Dale Whitnell, Marco Penge and the young amateur, Harry Bevan just one shot further back.

Another perfect day greeted the players for the second round and the first to show and post a score was Dan Smith who carded an 8 under par 65 to give him the clubhouse lead on 9 under par.

Brooks was cruising along and at 10 under par after 12 holes he held a comfortable 3 shot lead over Ronneblad who was about to mount a late charge to the finish line and with 3 birdies in the last 4 holes he snatched the clubhouse lead from Smith.

Brooks had a minor crisis on the sixteenth, where a bogey saw him slip to one behind Ronneblad, who was hoping for the win but with 2 par fives to play for Brooks, he was realistically looking at a play-off.

Brooks did indeed birdie the seventeenth and a par on the last saw the pair head off to the first extra hole which was the par 5 seventeenth.

Ronneblad was first to go and pulled his tee shot which finished up on the eighteenth fairway, whilst Brooks found the middle of the correct fairway.

Ronneblad played a Seve like recovery, hitting a high cut over the tall stand of pine trees that blocked his path to and managed to get the ball onto the fringe just short of the green.

Brooks hit a great shot which finished some 20 feet short of the hole leaving him a putt for an eagle and putting Ronneblad under pressure to hit a good chip shot but this he failed to do and his ball ended up some 10 feet from the hole.

Brooks then cosied his ball up to tap-in distance and holed out leaving Ronneblad to hole his putt to prolong the contest but it was not to be which gave Brooks the deserved win.