Posted by: Brian Roake | March 5, 2013

Raymond loses out to Irishman Whitson in the Spanish Amateur

Irishman Reeve Whitson prevented Neil Raymond from keeping the Spanish Amateur Championship in English hands when he beat the Hampshire man 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final at La Manga.Although Raymond twice held a slender lead in the opening nine holes, he found himself 2-down at lunch after the man from Mourne eased ahead with a concession at the par five 13th and increased his lead with a par four at 15.

Raymond halved the deficit at the long fourth in the afternoon but bogeys at the sixth and seventh saw Raymond fall three behind.

Another Raymond bogey at the par four 11th saw Whitson 4-up and although Raymond won the long 13th with a concession, Whitson wrapped up his victory with a par four at the 15thwhen Raymond dropped another shot.

English players had won the title for the three previous years through Matt Haines in 2010, Laurie Canter in 2011 and Jack Hiluta last year.

For full match play results click here.

Posted by: Brian Roake | February 4, 2013

USA’s Sean Dale wins Jones Cup

University of North Florida’s Sean Dale is the 2013 Jones Cup Invitational champion. The Osprey senior posted a final round 69 to finish the tournament with 213 (-3). Withthe win Dale adds to a solid playing resume that includes a win in the 2010 Florida State Amateur Championship.

Starting the day at even par, Dale got his round off to a great start with a birdie at the first. After back to back bogeys on the tough 4th and 5th holes, Dale played the remaining thirteen holes in 4-under par.

Second round leader Cory Whitsett closed with a 75 to finish his tournament at 215 (-1). 2011 Division II Player of the Year Alex Carpenter joined Whitsett and Dale as the only three players to better par on the tough Rees Jones design.

England’s Jack Hiluta finished 6th (+4) with Ben Stow 9th (+5) and  Seb Crookhall Nixon tied 34th (+13).

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Posted by: Brian Roake | February 1, 2013

Nathan Kimsey pipped again in New South Wales Amateur Medal

Victoria’s Thomas Horan (Cheltenham GC) has won the NSW Medal, which was reduced to 54 holes after a violent electrical storm swept across Sydney this afternoon. His winning score of 207 was just one clear of England’s Nathan Kimsey.

Horan’s fantastic third round of 67 at Bonnie Doon in the strong southerly leap frogged him into the lead. This was then denounced the final positions after the conditions became too dangerous for play to continue.

England’s Garrick Porteous finished third  on 209, with Neil Raymond 7th on 213

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Posted by: Brian Roake | January 28, 2013

Shinkwin overcomes penalty to triumph in Colombia

England international Callum Shinkwin overcame a delayed arrival in Colombia, a five month layoff, a penalty stroke and the recent loss of his grandfather to win the South American Amateur Championship.

A closing round of 78, including that penalty, saw the Moor Park, Hertfordshire, player finish on 293, five over par, for a single stroke victory over Erik Myllymaki of Finland at Bogota.

After an opening 75, which left him three strokes off the pace, Shinkwin produced his best golf over the next 36 holes. A second round two-under-par 70 saw him two shots clear of the field, which he reproduced in round three to go into the final round with a healthy six-stroke lead.

He was clearly the man to beat but he found the closing day far from easy. His final round 78, his worst of the week, contained only one birdie, five bogeys and a double bogey.

Most of the dropped shots came from the tenth to 13th holes and culminated in the penalty incurred on 13 when he breached the rules of the competition by practising a putt. But a par on the 14th plus the lone birdie on 17 got him back on track and he held on to take the title.

The Finn, Myllymäki, finished with a third consecutive 73 for the runners- up spot on 294, two better than Peruvian Joaquin Lolas, who returned one of the two best scores of the final day of 71.

Smith, who was on the leaderboard for most of the week, finished equal seventh on 301 after a closing 79.

Leading final scores: Men: 293 C Shinkwin (Eng) 75 70 70 78; 294 E Myllymaki (Fin) 75 73 73 73; 296 J Lolas (Peru) 77 72 76 71; 298 A Tosti (Arg) 80 74 73 71; 299 J Shufflebotham (Wal) 77 77 70 75. Other England score: 301 J Smith 75 75 72 79.

Posted by: Brian Roake | January 28, 2013

Kiwi Munn pips England’s Nathan Kimsey in Australia

Twenty-one year old New Zealand golfer Josh Munn had a scintillating six under par 66 to win The Greater Lake Macquarie Golf Championships at Belmont by three shots today.

Relishing the rainy , sodden conditions the Manawatu amateur charged home on the back nine with an eagle 3 on the 437 metres par five 10th hole and birdies on the 12th, 13th and 17th to beat his fellow overnight leaders, Brett Drewitt, of Inverell, and Nathan Kimsey, of Lincolnshire, England, who both had 69s to finish on 12 under par.

Munn started with a bogey on the first hole but then birdied holes two and three. He sank a five metre putt to save his par on the final hole for the win and was swamped by congratulations from other members of the New Zealand team. He leaves in a week for South Africa to play in the Ten Nationals Cup amateur event. Munn is one of the few amateurs to win pro events on the Charles Tour in New Zealand.

One shot away in third place on 11 under was 19 year old Queenslander, Cameron Smith, who has finished second in the tournament over the past two years.

Heavy rain caused two delays during the day when several greens flooded but the course recovered and play resumed. The joint overnight leaders went toe to toe through the first seven holes today, all three at ten under, but at the par four 347 metres 8th hole, Kimsey took a one shot lead with a remarkable birdie. He found trouble off the tee and was stymied behind a tree off the fairway but managed to pitch to within three metres and sank the putt. He turned at 11 under, equal with Smith who was playing in the group ahead and one shot up on Drewitt and Munn. But Munn took charge with his eagle on the 10th and was never headed, carding 31 for the back nine.

The Seventeen year old Queenslander, Viraat Badhwar, who migrated with his parents from India six years ago, finished on seven under for the tournament after carding 66 yesterday.

England’s Craig Hinton and Garrick Porteous finished joint 9th with Neil Raymond 65th.

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Posted by: Brian Roake | January 28, 2013

Tree tops Gautang Northern Open again in South Africa

England’s Toby Tree retained the Gautang Northern Open Championship at Wingate Park Golf Club in South Africa over the weekend.

His winning total of 281 was one clear of close friend and rival Haydn Porteous, along with Zander Lombard and Jason Smith.

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Posted by: Brian Roake | January 16, 2013

International quartet seek to end barren spell in Jones Cup

Four full England internationals, three of whom are at college in the United States, will represent England Golf in the annual Jones Invitational Cup at Ocean Forest Golf Club at Sea Island, Georgia, on 1st – 3rd February.

The quartet will be Seb Crookall-Nixon (Workington, Cumbria), Jack Hiluta (Chelmsford, Essex), Ben Stow (Rushmore, Wiltshire) and Ben Taylor (Walton Heath, Surrey) and they will seek to win this US title that has continually eluded English players.

Crookall-Nixon, 19, the English under 16 champion in 2008 and 2009, has been capped at every level, making his full England debut in last year’s Home Internationals, just months after recovering from a serious road accident. He also reached the quarter finals of the English Amateur Championship in his home county of Cumbria and is currently at the University of San Francisco.

Hiluta, 23, completed his studies at the University of South Alabama last year and has also been capped at all levels for England, making his full debut in last year’s international with France at Rochester & Cobham. He made a fast start to 2012 by winning the Spanish Amateur and also represented England in the European Men’s Challenge Trophy and the Home Internationals and finished ninth on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Order of Merit.

Stow, 21, currently at the University of Kentucky, has been a full cap for the past two years after making his debut in the 2011 Home Internationals. He was the leading individual when helping England to victory in last year’s European Men’s Challenge Trophy in Iceland while he finished seventh in the Scottish Open Stroke Play, eighth in the European Amateur and ninth in the Brabazon Trophy.

Taylor, 20, the only member of the quartet to play in last year’s Jones Cup, finishing third, debuted for England in the 2011 Home Internationals in Ireland. In 2012, he finished third in the Lagonda Trophy, fifth in the Brabazon Trophy, was a quarter finalist in the English Amateur and represented GB&I in the St Andrews Trophy. He is at the Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

In the Jones Cup, a field of 84 top amateurs from the US and around the world, will compete over 54 holes of stroke play for this prestigious title which was inaugurated in 2001 as a biennial event but which is now played annually.

Posted by: Brian Roake | January 14, 2013

Young Gun Takes Master of the Amateurs Championship

A Queensland teenager has come from six shots down overnight to win the 2013 Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship which concluded at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia. 17 year old Viraat Badhwar is the youngest golfer to triumph in the 15 years of this event. Like the rest of the field, he had to contend with gusty northerly winds and temperatures in the high 30’s today. Viraat says coping with Melbourne’s changeable weather over the four days is, for him, part of the fun of the sport. The quietly spoken champ considers his mental game to be his strength and that was evident today. While others felt the pressure of a big final, he produced six birdies and a round of 70 to take the title by two shots.

It was his first time in the Australian Master of the Amateurs and his first time at Royal Melbourne, and he thoroughly enjoyed both describing the experience as very special. He’s hoping to be back next year to defend his title. From ecstasy for the winner, to what must be agony for Australia’s highest ranked amateur golfer, Brady Watt. He has led this tournament from day one and held a commanding lead going into the final round. But big problems on the 391 metre par four 6th (4-over) and the 346-metre par four 8th (3-over) were blemishes that cost him the title.

Most scores suffered in today’s trying conditions: South Australian Chris Brown with an impressive 67, the only player to go around under 70. Melbournian Geoff Drakeford, who had sub par scores in his first three rounds, went three over today to finish third, one shot ahead of last year’s champion Nathan Holman.

The best finish among the twenty highly ranked internationals who contested this year’s event came from Scot Ewan Scott who finished fifth, one shot clear of England’s Garrick Porteous and Patrick Rodgers of the United States. Other England Players included Craig Hinton in 13th Place, Nathan Kimsey in 20th Place and Neil Raymond, wh0 finished 33rd.

Tournament Director Peter Mann said 2013 had seen the strongest field to ever contest this event.

For full final results click here.

Posted by: Brian Roake | January 2, 2013

England’s Patrick Kelly wins Orange Bowl in emphatic style

PATRICK KELLY AND JOB GIRL WINNER DEC 2013England’s Patrick Kelly is the new Junior Orange Bowl champion, Kelly going wire-to-wire for a stunning thirteen-stroke victory at the Biltmore Golf Course in Miami, USA.

Patrick Kelly began the day with a seven-stroke advantage and was never in trouble. Even when USA’s Cory Pereira holed out from greenside sand at the 6th to get within five, Kelly responded with a birdie of his own at the 7th, one of his many fine long irons of the tournament, hurled through a 25mile-per hour crosswind to within six feet of the hole.

Just to emphasize his triumphant week, one where he overcame severe conjunctivitis and recurring nosebleeds, the 18-year old Englishman concluded his final round with a birdie on the 17th and a chip- in eagle-3 at the final hole. “It’s a thrill and an honor to win this famous event, Kelly said. “I’m delighted.”

Argentina’s Jaime Lopez-Riverola claimed outright second place at 6-under par for the week, while worth noting Kelly’s 19-under par total of 263 is the second lowest winning score in the 49 years of this championship.

For final results click here.

Posted by: Brian Roake | November 26, 2012

England quartet seek Happy New Year Down Under

England’s Eisenhower Trophy team that finished eighth in Turkey last month will form the basis of a four-man squad for the annual championship tour of Australia early next year.

Craig Hinton (The Oxfordshire, BB&O), Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland) and Neil Raymond (Corhampton, Hampshire, IoW &CI) were in Turkey for the World Amateur Team Championship and will be joined Down Under by Nathan Kimsey (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire). The quartets first action will be the Masters of the Amateurs at Royal Melbourne on 8th – 11th January followed by the Australian Amateur Championship at Commonwealth and Woodlands Golf Clubs on 15th& 20th January.

They will move on to the Lake Macquarie International at Belmont on 24th – 27thJanuary, before the New South Wales Medal at The Coast and Bonnie Doon Golf Clubs on 30 January & 1 February. If they qualify from that, they will contest the New South Wales Amateur Championship at Royal Sydney on February and finish with the Avondale Medal on 8th &9th February.

This will be Raymond’s third successive visit to Australia and he will defend the New South Wales Medal he won in a playoff at Mona Vale in early 2012. The 26 year old’s only other win of the year came when he successfully defended the Brabazon Trophy at Walton Heath following his initial victory at Burnham & Berrow in 2011. However, that and reaching the quarter finals of the English Amateur saw him top the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Men’s Order of Merit for 2012. Raymond was also an England international regular during the year, the most successful player in the Eisenhower Trophy and represented GB&I against Europe in the St Andrews Trophy.

Hinton, 24, who finished less than three points behind Raymond in the order of merit, won the Welsh Open Stroke Play Championship and was joint fourth in the St Andrews Links Trophy. He was capped against France and was in the victorious England squad in the European Men’s Challenge Trophy in Iceland. Like Raymond, he also played for GB&I in the St Andrews Trophy.

Porteous, who will celebrate his 23rd birthday during the Australian Amateur, also represented GB&I in the St Andrews Trophy and was a member of the England team in this year’s Home Internationals in Scotland. The Northumberland player finished tied third in the individual rankings in the European Challenge Trophy, joint seventh in the Brabazon Trophy and reached the last 16 of the Amateur Championship.

Apart from Raymond, England players have enjoyed some success in recent trips to Australia. In January 2010, Tommy Fleetwood had three top ten finishes including runner-up in the New South Wales Amateur, while in 2011, Jack Senior won the New South Wales Amateur, beating Andy Sullivan in an all-English final and tied second behind Sullivan in the New South Wales Medal. Sullivan also tied second in the Masters of the Amateurs while Laurie Canter finished joint fourth in the New South Wales Medal alongside Stiggy Hodgson.

The Masters of the Amateurs tournament has an international field. The opening round is played with club professionals and guests with a shotgun start. The other three rounds comprise only the amateurs.

The long established 72-hole Lake Macquarie International at Belmont Golf Club has seen several English winners such as Roger Chapman, Russell Claydon, Ricky Willison, Nick Dougherty and Adam Gee.

The field in the New South Wales Medal will play one round each over The Coast and Bonnie Doon courses after which there will be a cut with the leading 60 players plus ties playing the final 36 holes. The leading 32 players from that will enter the match play knockout competition for the NSW Amateur at Royal Sydney.

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