Gareth Hastie and Liam Ball battle for Bolton Golf Championship title

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  • Bolton Golf Championship final
  • Gareth Hastie (Bolton) v Liam Ball (Turton)
  • At Chorley Golf Club, Heath Charnock
  • Action starts at 5pm
  • Hastie going for his fifth title
  • Ball going for his second title

8:50pm

Read a report of today's final online shortly. And thanks for joining me. Goodbye.

8:49pm

Last word to his dad (and caddy): "He'd be good if he practised." He'll have to make do with being Bolton champion without practising!

8:46pm

Ball's just told me he hadn't even expected to qualify this year because he's hardly played for months.

8:44pm

8:44pm

Congratulations to Liam Ball on his second title. 

8:44pm

Congratulations to Liam Ball on his second title. 

8:43pm

Hastie conceded on the 17th so Ball wins 3&1 (that's three shots ahead with one to play).

8:30pm

8:30pm

Liam Ball is the champion. Hastie concedes in the 16th.

8:23pm

Hastie hits a tree with his drive on the 17th.

8:19pm

Both miss short putts to halve the 16th. Hastie the shorter from two and a half feet. A difficult two and a half feet though putting second. Will that be the crucial moment? Ball 2 up with two to play.

8:09pm

Ball goes 2up. The Turton man wins the 15th with a 12 ft putt for a birdie three. Long way back for Hastie now.

7:58pm

14th hole halved. Ball with a great recovery shot out of the green side bunker to save the hole. Ball 1 up.

7:53pm

The Bolton News: The scene at the 14th as we walk away from the tee

7:47pm

Hastie misses. It was from four feet. Ball still 1 up

7:46pm

Great shot by Ball, a toot away, Hastie throws him his ball. Hastie needs this to level the match.

7:45pm

Hastie a couple of feet away with a long putt. Both had three shots, Ball off the green.

7:43pm

Ball in the bunker at the 13th. Over hits it out.

7:33pm

Tight game. 12th hole halved. Ball 1 up. Ball had a 12 ft putt to win that last hole and just missed. You can start to feel the pressure.

7:24pm

Hastie did well to halve the 11th. Ball still 1 up.

7:12pm

Tenth halved. Ball misses a putt to win it

7:01pm

Just been corrected. Ball's putt was more like 40ft and Hastie's 15ft.

6:59pm

Ball sinks a 20ft putt for three at the ninth. Hastie misses his eight-ish footer. Ball back to being 1 up.

6:47pm

Hastie wins the eight. All square in the match.

6:44pm

Ball in a bunker half way down the long eighth fairway. Chips out a few feet. Hastie fine. Going to be tough for Ball to keep the lead after this hole. But he keeps the pressure on Hastie with a decent third shot.

6:41pm

People estimate there's 200 watching this. A good crowd apparently.

6:38pm

Ball sank a 15-20ft putt at the seventh to halve the hole. Ball still 1 up. Yes that's Ball 1 up. Definitely. Trust me.

6:36pm

CORRECTION. They halved that last hole so Ball is 1 up after the sixth

6:34pm

The Bolton News: Ball, left, and Hastie at the seventh tee. Ball won the sixth hole to put him 2 up

6:29pm

A lot more people watching the further along the course we go. Either they've run out of Tetleys Gold in the clubhouse or people are coming after work

6:24pm

Just been told by BGA secretary Mark Latham the terminology I use suggests I'm a non-golfer. How dare he!

6:20pm

That should have been after five holes. Ball 1 up after five holes. Sorry.

6:19pm

Hastie concedes. Ball wins fifth with solid play. Ball 1 up after six holes.

6:17pm

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6:13pm

Ball nicely on the fairway after another long p

good drive. Good second shot draws applause. Must be Ball's hole this.

6:12pm

Hastie struggled to find his ball in the trees after drive at the fifth. Penalty drop. 

6:07pm

The Bolton News: I want one of these.

5:58pm

Ball misses, Hastie... Misses too. Halved. Level after four holes.

5:57pm

Pressure's on Ball at the fourth. Both had three shots and Hastie's a lot closer to the hole.

5:54pm

All square after three holes. This fourth hole is a beggar for seeing what's going on. Suffice to say these two guys are quality.

5:50pm

For anyone who doesn't know the type of golf theye play in these championships is match play which means each hole is worth a point. Win a hole, get a point. Draw a hole, no one gets anything. Easy.

5:45pm

Halved third hole after both went close with putts. Level after three.

5:41pm

Both nicely on the green at the shortish third. This is a close one

5:36pm

Ball takes the second

5:32pm

Brilliant approach by Ball. This'll be his hole.

5:31pm

Ball just hit a 370-yard drive at the second. That's just showing off! Hastie in a bit of trouble near the trees.

5:25pm

The Bolton News: The scene at the first hole

5:23pm

Hastie in in three. Hastie 1 up after one.

5:21pm

He plays out a long way. This is going to be Hastie's hole

5:20pm

Ball in the bunker by the green

5:19pm

Hastie's approach to the tee is superb.

5:14pm

Blimey these guys are good

5:14pm

Now Ball

5:13pm

Better than I could do!

5:13pm

And we're off. Hastie to tee off at the first

5:12pm

That was Liam Ball on the practice green.

5:11pm

5:11pm

5:10pm

The Bolton News: L

4:57pm

Gareth Hastie's just walked past me in the car park looking as calm as someone who's already won this thing four times before. Probably because he has.

4:55pm

They've been organised by the Bolton Golf Association and called Bolton Golf Championships since 1931. Boring stuff over.

4:54pm

Quick history lesson. The Championships began in 1921 as "Bolton's Best Golfer" 

4:51pm

Plenty of plaudits for Chorley's hosting of this year's competition.

4:50pm

They had salmon.

4:39pm

No prawns

3:47pm

The Bolton News: How about this for a grand looking golf club! Today's venue for the final.

3:37pm

Arrived at Chorley Golf Club. Lovely building, beautiful views, not sure if they've got prawns.

1:03pm

I'll be off to Chorley soon and will hopefully give a live update on the pre-final dinner before the action starts. Hope they've got prawns. I like prawns.

1:02pm

The Bolton News:

Mark Millhouse who lost an epic semi against Ball on the fourth extra hole laaaate into the night.

12:51pm

The Bolton News:

Nice to have a different picture of Liam Ball - looks nothing like he does in yesterday's pic. He's going for his second title today.

12:49pm

The Bolton News:

Matt Buckley who gave Hastie a tough battle

12:48pm

The Bolton News:

Gareth Hastie on his way to beating Matt Buckley of Old Links 2&1

12:47pm

And coming up are some additional photos from yesterday to brighten things up...

12:46pm

If you're a glutton for literay punishment where the Bolton Golf Champs are concerned, here's a link to yesterday's live coverage of the semis where all the drama was reported. It'll also give you an idea of how we'll be covering today's final live. http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/sport/11299943.Bolton_Golf_Championship_semi_finals/

12:44pm

If you missed the action from last night's semis, you can read all about it here. http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/sport/11300822.GOLF__Gareth_Hastie_and_Liam_Ball_win_exciting_Bolton_Golf_Championship_semi_finals/

12:42pm

Welcome to today's live coverage of the Bolton Golf Championship final. What a day yesterday in the semis! Let's hope for more of the same drama today.

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