Michael mo­tors to em­phatic win

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds -

SHOW Citroen ap­pren­tice Michael Dan­drilli the right man­ual and he could prob­a­bly take your car en­gine to pieces in a cou­ple of hours.

And while it may have taken the 18 year-old a fair bit longer to dis­man­tle the field at the El­ton Furze Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships on Satur­day, the end re­sult was just as em­phatic.

De­spite a line-up packed with the cream of the club’s ju­nior sec­tion - in­clud­ing sin­gle fig­ure stars El­liott Fuller­ton and Jake Shack­lock - the 10-hand­i­cap­per mo­tored round the Cam­bridgeshire course for a 75 to win by six clear shots.

This will be the last year the Dogsthorpe daz­zler is el­i­gi­ble for the event due to his age, but af­ter scoop­ing the net prize as well with an ad­justed 65, Dan­drilli cer­tainly made the most of his visit to the last chance saloon.

He said: “I was well aware that this would be my last year in this event and I was de­ter­mined to give it my best shot and of course I am de­light- ed with the way it went out there.

“The course was in won­der­ful con­di­tion and the greens were ex­cel­lent which meant I could at­tack more of­ten than not.

“But I still had to sink some pretty long putts and I think it was my form with the put­ter that made the big dif­fer­ence for me out there.”

Af­ter a rel­a­tively poor start that in­cluded a shot dropped at the first hole, Dan­drilli picked up back-to­back birdies at the ninth and 10th holes to set him on his way to the win.

“I usu­ally start with a par but got into a bit of trou­ble and had to take a five which was not ideal but af­ter that I set­tled down a bit and was just nice and steady for the front nine be- fore birdies at nine and 10 gave me a real boost for the re­turn leg of the round.

“I hit trou­ble at the 17th when I tre­ble bo­geyed but an­other birdie at the 18th helped re­duce the dam­age and in the end I won it quite com­fort­ably.”

And the com­pe­ti­tion con­tin­ues this week­end for the for­mer El­ton Furze Masters cham­pion when he takes on the big guns in the club’s Men’s Cham­pi­onship.

There he will face the likes of Jamie Hib­bert, se­rial cham­pion Ed Con­duit and county star Jody Greenall but the young­ster is still hope­ful that he can do him­self jus­tice when he makes the step up.

He said: “I came fourth last year so it would be nice to play well again but I am un­der no il­lu­sions when I come against play­ers of that sort of qual­ity.

“Hope­fully I will con­tinue to im­prove and one day get to their level, it will be a mas­sive ask to beat those guys at the week­end but I will be out there hav­ing a go.”

RAR­ING TO GO: Pic­tured at the El­ton Furze Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship are, from the left, El­liott Fuller­ton, Jake Shack­lock, Chris Lightfoot, Michael Dan­drilli, Cameron McKeever, Tim Ward, Tom Forster, Jake Keene, Rory Hayes, Chris Smith. (METP-19-06-10AS008)

CHAM­PION: El­ton Furze ju­nior cham­pion Michael Dan­drilli. (METP-19-0610AS010)

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