Rising star Gough takes prestigious U16 title
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.”