Ris­ing star Gough takes pres­ti­gious U16 ti­tle

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

STOKE Park’s ris­ing Eng­land star Conor Gough claimed his sec­ond ma­jor win of the sum­mer with vic­tory at this month’s English Boys’ Un­der-16 Open Ama­teur Stroke Play Cham­pi­onship, at Kedle­ston Park, in Der­byshire.

Hav­ing won the Fairhaven Tro­phy ear­lier in the sea­son, Gough showed why he has been ear­marked for fu­ture star­dom as he birdied four of his last six holes to win the pres­ti­gious McGre­gor Tro­phy by one shot from York­shire Schmidt.

The teenager’s lat­est suc­cess puts him in il­lus­tri­ous com­pany with the likes of world num­ber three Justin Rose and Edoardo Moli­nari, brother of new Open cham­pion Francesco, among the names to have won the 72hole event, one of golf’s most soughtafter un­der-16 ti­tles.

Gough’s prospects of vic­tory looked slim as he stood on the 13th tee of his fi­nal round five shots off the lead, but boy cham­pion Ben he launched a stun­ning late come­back, birdieing the 13th, 15th and 17th holes be­fore com­plet­ing an amaz­ing turn­around by hol­ing a 25-foot putt on the last green.

He said: “I knew I had to do some­thing spe­cial. I hit good shots and the right shots at the right time and I played re­ally well un­der the pres­sure.”

Club­mates Tay­lor Paul and Tom Gre­gory fur­ther demon­strated Stoke Park’s strength in depth by also qual­i­fy­ing for the na­tional tour­na­ment, with Paul also im­press­ing as he fin­ished in a tie for 14th place.

Daisy Kennedy also carded two rounds of 71 on her way to fin­ish­ing joint 16th at this month’s English Women’s Ama­teur Cham­pi­onship at Wilm­slow Golf Club, in Cheshire.

Stu­art Col­lier, di­rec­tor of golf at Stoke Park, said: “It’s been another great sum­mer so far for our juniors and to see them suc­ceed on the na­tional stage is a source of enor­mous pride for the club.”

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