The Englishman Ashley Chesters was proclaimed winner of the 26th edition of the European Amateur Championship which was held at the Real Club de Golf El Prat (Terrassa, Barcelona). David Morago, second, won the silver medal, and Scott W. Fernandez, third, took bronze.
Ashley Chesters won in a dramatic finish that resolved with a great birdie on the 18th. He gave up four strokes in the last nine holes, and that fueled David Morago's options, a golfer who has made a significant qualitative leap in competition.
Thus, David Morago and Scott W. Fernandez have become the sixth and seventh Spanish golfer, respectively, to receive a medal in Men's Individual European Championship 2013. Before that, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Paul Martin (2003), Sergio Garcia (1995 and 1997), Alvaro Prat (2001) and Queipo Borja (1988).
The already difficult mission to oust the English player of leadership became even more complicated from the start. While Fernandez was with individual bogeys at 1 and at 2, Morago bogeyed 1 and 5.
However, the second round started and the British began to get in trouble. A double bogey on 10 allowed Morago take a breath and lie two shots off the lead. Ahead, Fernandez looked like there were three shots that separated him from the English.
A birdie on the 12th gave Morago the narrowest margin of the tournament. Six holes in front, and all for deciding. Then Chesters, for the first time in the tournament, left a glimmer of hope. His bogeys at 16 and 17 gave way to a dramatic 18th hole, with just one stroke ahead for the Englishman.
But this was the week of Ashley Chesters, as he calmly played the final hole. A good putt of just over a meter gave him one of the best wins in his short career so far.