Finishing 17-under-par in a tournament and coming second is sometimes difficult to stomach. Thriston Lawrence did that at the weekend in the Bridgestone Challenge at Heythrop Park Resort in Oxfordshire, England on the Challenge Tour.
And, astonishingly, that 17-under was 12 strokes behind the winner Thomas Detry of Belgium, who opened with a 60, followed it with 67 and 69 in the second and third rounds, and then closed with a 63.
Lawrence started the final round five strokes behind Detry, and his closing 71, while more than serviceable, saw him go backwards, but still able to hold on to second, one stroke ahead of third-placed Martin Ovesen of Denmark.
It was only Lawrence’s third appearance in a Challenge Tour event this year, and his performance has seen him climb into 56th spot on the Road to Oman rankings. While he’s a long way off 155th spot, which would get him a European Tour card for 2017, he’s within sight of automatically gaining full Challenge Tour privileges for 2017. Another good performance could see him earn that right.
Ahead of him on the rankings is compatriot Dylan Frittelli, who is in fourth spot in the rankings after his finish in a share of 60th in the Bridgestone Challenge.