HAVING led after 18 holes, there was to be no fairytale ending for Laytown and Bettystown golf legend Bobby Browne and partner Tom Weir at the PGA Super 60s Tournament at De Vere Belton Woods, Lincolnshire.
The local PGA professional, who was back competing in the tournament having undergone a number of operations for cancer since his last appearance two years ago, opened his bid for glory alongside Weir with a six-under par 66.
However, despite showing plenty of fighting spirit, they could only add a 70 to leave them one shot short of qualifying for a play-off for the title.
Still, as Browne – who turns 70 later this month – collected a cheque for £800, he was far from despondent as he added third place to his share of second two years ago, in the tournament that pairs up PGA professionals and amateurs both aged 60 or over.
'We had our chances, but they weren't to be. But we enjoyed ourselves and I'm just delighted to be back playing golf. It wasn't on the cards 18 months ago – they tried to put me in a box and they've removed a lot of me.
'I couldn't play at all for a year as I was physically incapable, but the reception here has been fantastic, with everyone delighted to see me and back playing again.'
Weir acknowledged Browne's overall performance, especially in light of his recent battles.
'I'm a past captain at the club [Laytown and Bettystown] and have worked closely with Bobby over the years,' he said. 'I was called in this year and it's an honour to be called in by him.
'He's playing down his commitment to be here after all he's gone through, and to be playing the way he is, is marvellous and true testament to his spirit.'
There was more local success too, as Laytown and Bettystown's former captain Jimmy Clynch partnered Hugh Jackson to win the inaugural PGA Superb 70s, given to the leading pair aged 70 and over. They were in a share for fourth place overall.