Britain’s Russell Berry overturned a five-shot deficit to claim a gripping victory in the 11th BlackSeaRama Vivacom Pro-Am at BlackSeaRama Golf & Villas in Bulgaria.
Up until the 16th hole, the story was all about overnight leader, Federico Elli (PGA of Italy), until Berry, a seasoned PGAs of Europe competitor himself, holed a dramatic pitch shot on 17 for eagle before going on to scramble an important par on the brutal 224m par-three 18th.
“I thought it could be a bit more scoreable today” said the GB&I Professional. “The goal was to see if I could get to Federico’s total of minus three and force him to shoot under par on the day.
“It got quite tricky and there’s some tough holes on the back-nine, so I stayed patient. Fortunately, I hit two great shots on 17 and managed to chip it in for eagle which was great.”
Despite Berry’s six-under 66 that took the clubhouse target of four-under, a nervous wait ensued to see if Elli could match him. In the end, a wayward tee shot on the last proved costly for the Italian and with it, Berry claimed the honours.
Elli’s closing 62 matched him in tied-second position with PGA of Spain Professional, Peter Gustafsson who closed with a three-under 69.
Team Bond led by GB&I Professional, Liam Bond, and his amateurs, Ivan Skripkin, Nikita Skripkin and Andrey Stolyarov, took the team prize with a total score of 263 points (-47), followed by Team Yamac (with amateurs Catalina Jigman, Bogdan Jigman and Kenan Güngör) in second on 257 points (-41).