Michael motors to emphatic win
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)