Practice sessions at The Mere Golf Resort & Spa in Knutsford, Cheshire, helped Lee Slattery secure his second European Tour title over the weekend and become the first Englishman to win points towards inclusion in Europe’s 2016 Ryder Cup team.
Southport-born Lee won the M2M Russian Open by a single shot after posting a 2-under par 69 in the final round for a -15 total, the same score he made in winning his last Tour title at the 2011 Madrid Masters. The 37-year-old, who lives in Alderley Edge in Cheshire, also matched his biggest prize money with a cheque for €166,666 and gains exemption on the European Tour until the end of 2016.
The decisive shot during the last round in Moscow was a chip in for a birdie at the 17th, which gave him a two-shot cushion going into the last. “That chip was massive,” said Lee, who became associated with The Mere at the start of the 2014 season. “To chip in at such an important time meant so much and it shows that practice pays off eventually. The thing that has been letting me down most has probably been my short game in the last few months, so I’ve worked so hard at that.”
Lee has spent much of his time back home honing his short game on the practice facilities at The Mere. “Lee has literally spent hours and hours on the practice putting green recently and we’re delighted that the dedication he’s shown has now paid off for such a likeable guy with victory in Russia,” said Director of Golf Joe Gates.
“These facilities – plus the James Braid-designed course itself – are in the best condition ever and we look forward to welcoming Lee back to The Mere soon along with his new Tour trophy,” added Joe.
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