Drama as Kieron scoops un­der-16 crown

Lancashire Life - - GOLF LIFE -

KIERAN Hog­a­rth (Royal Lytham and St Annes) con­jured up a dra­matic fin­ish to be crowned Lan­cashire U16 cham­pion. The teenager pro­duced a birdie-birdie fin­ish to edge ahead of the field over 18 holes at Dean Wood GC.

And it capped a fan­tas­tic fight­back from the 15-year-old who had slumped to three over par af­ter the first five holes. Birdies at holes six, seven and nine got him back to level by the turn, be­fore dropped shots at 12, 14 and 16 threat­ened his cham­pi­onship hopes. How­ever Kieran’s fi­nal flour­ish to sign for a 72 turned the ta­bles in dra­matic fash­ion to ease out South­port and Ains­dale’s Matthew Jackman by one shot.

Kieran, who lives in Kirkham, is a mem­ber of the Lan­cashire Golf Union’s county squad un­der the guid­ance of South­port and Ains­dale pro and for­mer Euro­pean Tour player Jim Payne, hav­ing made his de­but last year against York­shire – the county he has also played against this sum­mer.

Kieran Hog­a­rth re­ceives the trophy from Michael Lay

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