Cornish golfer Rhys Enoch has reflected on a "really fulfilling" maiden Challenge Tour title.

Truro-born Enoch shot a four-under-par final round at the Penati Golf Resort in Slovakia on Sunday to clinch the D+D REAL Slovakia Challenge title, finishing 18-under-par across the four rounds to win by one stroke from Australia’s Josh Geary.

The Challenge Tour is Europe’s official developmental tour and is organised by the PGA European Tour, which houses the elite European Tour.

"It's been such a long road and so many opportunities to win, it just felt like my time," Enoch said, "I was calm the whole round, I played one of the best rounds I've ever played, really.

"It was such a relaxed last round and I just played so solid and really happy to get it done at the end.

"It was really fulfilling for myself, with how much I've been through and where I've come from, so I'm over the moon."

The triumph has seen Enoch soar up to seventh in the Challenge Tour rankings, a jump of 61 places, with the top 15 at the end of the season earning direct promotion to the 2020 European Tour, while those ranked 16-45 may gain qualification for some European Tour events.

It is also Enoch’s biggest payday on the tour, with the €32,000 prize eclipsing the €20,855 he won for his joint 67th finish in last year’s Open Championship.

"It's so much fun and so exciting to know that there's more and hopefully now progressing on to a higher level. That's obviously going to bring a new challenge and one I really want to feel next year so I've got to push on now in the last nine or ten events that I'm going to play in and make that dream a reality."

The victory will soften the blow of having failed to qualify for this year’s Open Championship, which takes place at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland from July 18-21, just a few days earlier.

Enoch finished joint 14th in final qualifying at Notts Golf Club on Tuesday with a par finish over the two rounds, five strokes off the top three qualification spots.

Enoch admitted that playing in a Challenge Tour event in Spain the week after last month's US Open, during which he suffered from glandular fever, contributed to his failure to qualify.

Enoch made his US Open major debut last month and finished 71st on seven-over-par at Pebble Beach in California, including a round of 65 which has been bettered only three times in US Open history on the course.

"That was an error. I was too tired and that made me suffer the following week as well and it led into qualifying where I was gradually starting to get more back to myself and I played some pretty good golf, just not consistently enough.

"It was still nice to have a shot, I only needed two birdies in the last six holes which is not much to do really to get into the Open, so it was close and I just took that form into Slovakia."

Enoch is now looking forward to a few weeks off to recover from those busy few weeks, as well as having competed in the Sunshine Tour in the early part of the year.

"Now is a perfect time for me to enjoy the win, reflect on what I did well and what I did poorly and just be mentally and physically fresh for Finland which will be my next one in two-and-a-half weeks' time, so that's what I'm going to do and I'm really looking forward to that."