Coupland claims 15th spot

Dave Coupland.
Dave Coupland.

Dave Coupland finished in joint-15th place at the Scottish Hydro Challenge this week.

Competing at the Macdonald Spey Valley Golf Club in Aviemore, the Boston golfer was again in the money on the European Challenge Tour.

He left with a cheque for 3,500 Euros, along with Welshmen Stephen Dodd and Bradley Dredge, Spaniard Xavier Guzman and Denmark’s Lasse Jensen, who also finished on 11 under par.

Coupland finished Thursday’s first round on level par, returning to the clubhouse with a score of 71.

But after getting the first 18 holes out of the way his game improved.

He scored 67 on Friday and 69 on Saturday, saving his best round for the final day, completing Sunday in just 66 shots.

England’s Andrew Johnston was the overall winner.

His four rounds saw him finish on 19 under par and leave 40,000 Euros richer.

This is Coupland’s first year on the Challenge Tour, Europe’s second tier, but he looks far from out of place.

He finished second at the Turkish Airlines Challenge and broke the course record as he finished third at the Belgian Challenge Open.

The next stop on the tour will be the Aegean Airlines Challenge Tour, held at Bad Griebach, Germany, from Thursday.