One bad hole so costly for Mil­ton’s young Tiger

Golf - English Un­der 18 Open Cham­pi­onship

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - SPORT - By Bob French bob.french@jpress.co.uk

It’s been a mar­vel­lous month for Peter­bor­ough Mil­ton hot­shot Robin Tiger Wil­liams.

The 15 year-old star made his Eng­land Boys de­but help­ing Eng­land to Na­tions Cup glory, he fin­ished third in the English Un­der 16 Open and fifth in the English Un­der 18 Open.

And that fifth place, which came at the West Sus­sex Golf Club on Friday (July 28), could quite eas­ily have been top spot but for one dis­as­trous hole.

The for­mer Hamp­ton Har­gate School pupil went into the fi­nal round in third place, just three shots off the lead, af­ter fir­ing rounds of 65, 68 and 68.

And he made a great start to the fi­nal round as well. He had plenty of birdies on the front nine in­clud­ing three in a row and shared the cham­pi­onship lead with his play­ing part­ners Italy’s An­drea Ro­mano (17) and Jean Bekirian (15) of France on eight un­der.

But then disas­ter struck at the 12th.

Wil­liams’ shot to the par three went right, into thick rough and heather close to the out of bounds fence. He took a drop, but the ball bounced into a ghastly lie and he could only hack at it. He took an­other drop, played out and made his way to­wards an eight and that put paid to his bid for glory.

To his enor­mous credit he played the re­main­ing holes in level par and said af­ter­wards: “My luck wasn’t with me to­day, but I tried my best and gave it my all – and it was just one hole that messed it up. Over­all the week has been great, I han­dled my­self well and I’m look­ing for­ward to next week and the English am­a­teur.”

Wil­liams’ mis­for­tune left Ro­mano and Bekirian to fight it out for the cham­pi­onship and Ro­mano won it on count­back af­ter both fin­ished on 264. Wil­liams was back in fifth spot on 271.

Wil­liams didn’t go home empty-handed though. He picked up the Mal­colm Reid Salver for the best com­bined score in the Car­ris Tro­phy (Un­der 16 Open) and Pe­ter McEvoy Tropy (Un­der 18 Open).

EAST PGA

Thorpe Wood pro­fes­sional Stu­art Brown fin­ished sec­ond in the Haver­ill Pro-Am on the East PGA cir­cuit.

He fired a three-un­der-par 67 to fin­ish one shot be­hind An­drew Pestell from Chelms­ford Golf Club.

Brown had five birdies on his card and picked up a run­ners-up cheque for £530.

Brown also got among the prize­money at the Colch­ester Golf Club Pro-Am on Friday. He placed eighth with a one­un­der-par 69 af­ter mak­ing 17 pars and a birdie and won £285.

The win­ner was James Scade from Lit­tle Chan­nels Golf Cen­tre with a 65.

GREETHAM VAL­LEY

Joe Sar­good is the new ju­nior club cham­pion at Greetham Val­ley.

He took the ti­tle with a 156 to­tal. Run­ner-up on 163 was El­lie Haughton with Tom Haynes third on 166.

Sar­good also took the net prize with 136.

Sar­good’s to­tal was made up of rounds of 80 and 76.

The top player over the first 18 holes was 29-hand­i­cap­per Is­abella Condie. She had the round of her life to card a net score of 63.

The Greetham Val­ley ju­nior B team are through to the fi­nal 16 of The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion Golf Tour­na­ment hav­ing beaten Cleck­heaton away.

The team of Joe Sar­good, Wilby Toothill, Win­ston Childs and Cor­mac Cal­nan won 5 up (on ac­cu­mu­la­tive scores) and they have reached the last 16 out of 158 teams na­tion­wide.

The next round will be played at home against Nuneaton Golf Club.

El­lie Haughton mean­while has been an­nounced as ju­nior county cap­tain for 2018.

BURGH­LEY PARK

His­tory was made at Burgh­ley Park last week as the men’s club cham­pi­onship and the net cham­pi­onship were both won by ju­niors.

Six­teen year-old San­jay Nithiyalingam, now play­ing off a hand­i­cap of two, pro­duced some su­perb golf to take the club cham­pi­onship ti­tle with rounds of 70 and 72 while 12-hand­i­cap­per Keilin Harper had the best net tot­sal of 129 (66 and 63).

In the first round, Nithiyalingam had birdies on 8 and 11 wip­ing out bo­geys on 1 and 18 and in the sec­ond round he knocked in three birdies in a row on 2, 3 and 4.

Nicky Plumtree (13 hand­i­cap) was crowned ladies club cham­pion with rounds of 87 and 86. She fin­ished 10 shots clear of run­ner-up Sue Churchill.

Janet Duff (23 hand­i­cap) took the best net prize with 70 and 77.

PIC­TURE: LEADER­BOARD PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Robin Tiger Wil­liams pic­tured at the English Un­der 18 Open.

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