Moritz Lampert fired seven birdies, 10 pars and one bogey for a final round of -6, 65, to win the Kärnten Golf Open presented by Mazda at the picturesque Golfclub Schloss Finkenstein.
The German posted a 19 under par total to win by a stroke from playing partner and former US Amateur Golf Champion Byeong-hun An, with Italy’s Filippo Bergamaschi a shot further back in third position.
This latest success for Lampert, who won his first professional title earlier this year on the Pro Golf Tour, means the 22 year old will now have a full category on the Challenge Tour for the rest of the year. It will allow the German to plan a proper schedule, and it also sees him jump to fifth on the Rankings, with the top 15 earning their place on The European Tour come the end of the season.
Coming up just short of Lampert’s winning total was Korea’s An, who birdied his final three holes on Sunday to match his best ever finish on the Challenge Tour, which came at the Scottish Hydro Challenge hosted by Macdonald Hotels and Resorts last June.
While some players might be disappointed to come up just shy of a maiden title, the 22 year old Orlando resident was excited to continue a run of consistent form.
On his own in third place was Bergamaschi, who fired a four under par 67 on Sunday to continue a fine run of form in this event, having finished second 12 months ago.
The Italian finished a stroke clear of overnight leader Cyril Bouniol, who posted his best result of a maiden Challenge Tour campaign by finishing in a tie for fourth, thanks to a Sunday 69 in Carinthia. Alongside him were South African Jake Roos (66), who won the opening event of the Challenge Tour season at the 2014 Barclays Kenya Open in March, as well as Germany’s Florian Fritsch (68), who had lead in the early stages of the final round.
A shot further back were Scotland’s Wallace Booth, who shot a 64 in the final round to move into a tie for seventh with the English pair of Sam Hutsby (65) and Paul Maddy (69), plus Irishman Ruaidhri McGee (67).
Leading Golf Scores (par-71):-
1 LAMPERT, Moritz GER 18 -19
2 AN, Byeong-hun KOR 18 -18
3 BERGAMASCHI, Filippo ITA 18 -17
T4 ROOS, Jake RSA 18 -16
T4 FRITSCH, Florian GER 18 -16
T4 BOUNIOL, Cyril FRA 18 -16
T7 BOOTH, Wallace SCO 18 -15
T7 HUTSBY, Sam ENG 18 -15
T7 MCGEE, Ruaidhri IRL 18 -15
T7 MADDY, Paul ENG 18 -15
Source: European Tour