Sch­midt head­ing for Lim­er­ick

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY UNION -

GOLF: English Boys’ County Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons Ben Sch­midt, of Rother­ham, is among six play­ers se­lected for the Eng­land team for the Un­der-16 in­ter­na­tional against Ire­land at Lim­er­ick on Oc­to­ber 13-14, writes Chris Strat­ford.

His team-mates are British boys’ cham­pion Conor Gough (Stoke Park), Dubai-based Josh Hill, Max Hop­kins (Bish­ops Stort­ford), Ge­orge Leigh (Trevose) and Ben Pier­leoni (Berkham­sted).

Sch­midt has en­joyed a stel­lar sea­son that, as well as vic­tory in the Boys’ Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons event, has seen him be­come the youngest win­ner of the pres­ti­gious Lee West­wood Tro­phy.

He has just com­pleted an English team dou­ble hav­ing been part of both York­shire’s men’s and boys’ squads tri­umphs in the na­tional county team cham­pi­onships.

Sch­midt played a vi­tal role on Sat­ur­day in the for­mer when he turned around a three-hole deficit at the turn to bring home the full point and se­cure a 5-4 win over Berks, Bucks & Oxon.

“I lost both my matches (on Fri­day) and I went into the back nine think­ing, ‘I re­ally don’t want to lose an­other one’,” said Sch­midt, who nerve­lessly holed a down­hill, break­ing putt from six feet on the last to win.

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