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.

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