Ar­tigolle Clinches UK Na­tional Ti­tle

HK Golfer - - Events -

Yan­nick Ar­tigolle, Hong Kong Am­a­teur Cham­pion and Faldo Se­ries Hong Kong Cham­pion, shot a fi­nal round 75 for a to­tal of 219 to take the vic­tory and be­come the 2017 In­ter­col­le­giate Tour Play­ers’ Cham­pion in the UK.

Fol­low­ing a very com­pet­i­tive sea­son of qual­i­fy­ing in the North re­gion of the In­ter­col­le­giate Tour, Loretto Golf Academy pupils, Yan­nick Ar­tigolle and Lou Tan, both are 17 years old and from Hong Kong, qual­i­fied for the Na­tional Fi­nals at the his­toric Moor­town Golf Club near Leeds.

Day one proved to be a test of both skill and en­durance as the play­ers com­pleted two rounds in warm and breezy con­di­tions. Yan­nick got off to good starts by shoot­ing level par in the first round to be placed sec­ond in the boys’ cat­e­gory.

The af­ter­noon saw the wind pick up mak­ing scor­ing con­di­tions tougher. How­ever, Yan­nick fol­lowed up with a round of 73 to main­tain his po­si­tion. At the close of day one, Yan­nick was one shot be­hind the lead in the boys’ event with a two-round to­tal of 144.

The fi­nal round was played in bright con­di­tions with the wind pick­ing up through the day to chal­lenge the play­ers on the back nine. Lou Tan im­proved on his day one per­for­mance with a score of 73 - one of the best scores of the day - to help him climb the leader­board.

Start­ing one shot be­hind the lead, Yan­nick birdied his open­ing hole to take a one-shot lead af­ter a bo­gey at the first hole for the lead. He played steady golf through the front nine, main­tain­ing his lead and nar­rowly miss­ing a birdie chance on 12 to dou­ble his lead. A birdie on 13 saw Yan­nick back tied for the lead, but a well-played 14th saw him re­gain his one-shot ad­van­tage with four holes re­main­ing in what was go­ing to be a nervy fin­ish. An­other par on 15 main­tained Yan­nick’s one shot lead, but a hooked ap­proach from the fair­way on 16 re­sulted in a penalty drop and a dou­ble bo­gey, brought him back into a tie at the top. How­ever, a good tee shot on 17 to the heart of the green and a well-played two-putt, earned him a one-shot lead play­ing the last. Af­ter a good drive and his ap­proach find­ing the mid­dle of the green, Yan­nick had two putts for vic­tory which he was able to do in style.

The In­ter­col­le­giate Tour was es­tab­lished to pro­vide a high-qual­ity golf com­pe­ti­tion for stu­dent golfers and col­lege golf teams at the grow­ing num­ber of col­leges run­ning golf acad­e­mies in the UK. An im­por­tant part of the ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes (e.g. AASE) run by these golf col­leges in­cludes tour­na­ment prepa­ra­tion. It is there­fore an es­sen­tial com­po­nent of the ed­u­ca­tion of these golfers to have golf com­pe­ti­tions that all the stu­dent golfers can ac­cess their cour­ses.

Top: In­ter­col­le­giate Tour Play­ers’ Cham­pion 2017, Yan­nick Ar­tigolle from Loretto Golf Academy; Above: Yan­nick sinks the fi­nal putt to clinch vic­tory

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