Posted by: Brian Roake | November 14, 2012

Consistent Orrin tops 2012 Boys Order of Merit

Although the ‘major’ home titles eluded him, Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent) has won the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys’ order of merit for 2012.

The 18 year old from Birchington in Kent totalled 595.65, just under 50 more than England under 18 champion Patrick Kelly (Boston West, Lincolnshire), and more than 100 ahead of third placed British Boys champion Matthew Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire).

Although Orrin won the Thunderbird International Junior Tournament in America and the Kent Championship, most of his points were gathered from runners-up spots in the McEvoy Trophy, the South East Boys Qualifying and the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, while he also reached the last 16 of the British Boys, underlining his consistency.

“It is a massive honour to win the Boys order of merit and I thank Titleist and FootJoy for their support,” he said. “This is a gauge to where you are against the other players because there are so many good players around.

“I’ve had a good season and really enjoyed it. I’m a lot more of a solid player than in previous years, I’ve worked hard on my game, got rid of a few weaknesses and it’s paid off.

“I’ll do a lot more work over the winter and I’m looking forward to next season with confidence.”

Russell Lawes, European Marketing Manager of FootJoy commented: “We’re thrilled to have been able to support the order of merit again this year, and warmly congratulate Max on his terrific performance this year. To win an order of merit takes a sustained period of quality performances, and will always identify the best players during a season.”

Kelly’s victory in the Carris Trophy, an event also supported by Titleist, brought him the bulk of his points while he also won the Fairhaven Trophy and was seventh in the McEvoy.

Fitzpatrick’s victory in the British Boys at Hollinwell hauled him up the order, while he was also runner-up in the Berkshire Trophy and equal third in the Carris Trophy.

For the complete Titleist/FootJoy order of merit go to www.englandgolf.org

Posted by: Brian Roake | November 14, 2012

England’s Neil Raymond tops Order of Merit

Neil Raymond (Corhampton, Hampshire, IoW & CI), Brabazon Trophy winner for the past two years and an England international for the same period, has won the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Men’s order of merit for 2012.

Raymond 26, topped the list with 609.09 points, less than three ahead of his international team-mate Craig Hinton (The Oxfordshire, BB&O) but over 60 clear of third placed Edward Richardson (Hemsted Forest, Kent).

“I’m delighted to win the order of merit and to see my name among the previous winners,” he said. “This caps off my season nicely and I’m grateful to Titleist and FootJoy for their sponsorship.

“My season has been good and the highlight was winning the Brabazon Trophy again. Some of the other performances were not what I was looking for and I was disappointed not to win the English Amateur. It would have been nice to do ‘the double’.

“But it doesn’t always go as planned so I’ll keep working hard over the winter and hopefully I’ll get to where I want to be next year.”

Jonathan Dowdell, Titleist Golf Ball Product & Marketing Manager, commented: “As the #1 ball in golf, Titleist is delighted to have once again supported the order of merit and there can be no doubt that the title has gone to a truly worthy winner. We would like to congratulate Neil on claiming the order of merit title which is just reward for a season of great quality and consistency.”

Most of Raymond’s points were gained when he successfully defended the Brabazon Trophy at Walton Heath following his initial success at Burnham & Berrow in 2011.

That was his only major victory of the season although he also won the New South Wales Medal in a playoff while in Australia at the start of the year. However, he reached the quarter finals of the English Amateur Championship at Silloth-on-Solway.

The bulk of Hinton’s points were gained from his victory in the Welsh Open Stroke Play while the 24 year old also finished equal fourth in the St Andrews Links Trophy.

Richardson, 44, has made a successful return to top level amateur golf after battling with serious illness. An international between 2005 and 2008, he won the Hong Kong Amateur Championship last week and has enjoyed top ten finishes in at least six tournaments.

For the complete Titleist/FootJoy order of merit go to www.englandgolf.org

Posted by: Brian Roake | October 26, 2012

England under 16s show their fighting qualities

England’s emerging young golfers displayed their fighting qualities by completing a clean sweep of the autumn under 16 home internationals. .

The squad travelled to Llanwern and won 9-3 against Wales, then battled back to triumph 10-5 against Scotland at Pannal before coming from behind to beat Ireland 10-6 at Huddersfield.

“I was very pleased with the boys over all three matches,” said under 16 squad manager Nick Over. “I was especially pleased with the way they responded when trailing against the Scots and Irish.

“The Welsh match was different in that we fielded a young and inexperienced team containing four 14 year olds and four 15 year olds. In the other two matches we had our top under 16 players but it was good experience for all the squad.”

Only in the Wales match did the English boys build a lead in the foursomes, going into the singles 3-1 ahead. In the other matches they needed to come from behind to secure impressive victories.

“I was disappointed with our performance in the foursomes and fourballs,” added Over. “The Scots fielded five strong pairs in the foursomes and outplayed us, but the lads got their heads down and we turned it around in the singles.”

The Scottish match is always closely contested and England trailed 3-2 after the morning foursomes. But they won seven of the ten singles and halved two more to complete the 10-5 victory.

Bradley Moore from Derbyshire and Northumberland’s Jake Storey, the under 16 champion, won both their games, while Hampshire’s Jack Singh Brar was unbeaten after halving one of his.

In the two-day match at Huddersfield, the Irish took a commanding lead by winning all four of the first day foursomes, while the fourballs were shared 2-2, leaving the visitors 6-2 ahead going into the eight singles.

But the England boys came fighting back, winning all eight contests, Moore gaining the biggest margin with a 7 and 6 success over Neil McKinistry while Ashton Turner won the top single 5 and 4 over Karl Eccles

Posted by: Brian Roake | October 25, 2012

The European Champion Club starts in Cyprus

The European Champion Club will be taking place on the 25th- 27th October, 2012  at Minthis Hills GC, Tsada, Cyprus.  Walsall Golf Club will be representing England Golf after winning this year’s English Champion Club title.

For further details and first round draw click here.

England, Surrey and Nova Southeastern men’s golfer Ben Taylor won the California State Monterey Bay Otter Invitational on Tuesday for the second straight season. He helped the No. 1 ranked NSU men’s golf team claim second overall at the Bayonet Golf Course tournament.

Taylor finished his second round by matching his first-round score of 71. He then shot two-under par in the final round to take the title, shooting a 70 and scoring an overall score of -4 (212). Only seven other golfers shot a 71 or lower in any round of the tournament, a feat Taylor achieved in every round.

For Full results Click here.

Posted by: Brian Roake | October 22, 2012

England’s Edward Richardson romps to Hong Kong victory

Edward Richardson (Hemsted Forest, Kent), a former England international, secured a place in next month’s UBS Hong Kong Open on the European Tour when he won the Hong Kong Open Amateur Championship at Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club.

The 44 year old from Kent, carded a fine 65 in the third round and closed with 68 to ease to comprehensive 14-stroke victory over Chinese Taipei’s Liu Yu Jui, with Hong Kong’s Shinichi Mizuno a shot further back in third place.

“It all came together over the past couple of days after I started the tournament pretty badly,” said Richardson, who finished second in the championship in 2007. “The aim today was not to make any mistakes and give anyone else a chance, which I was able to do. It’s great to win on such a great golf course.”

Richardson was forced to stop playing for two and a half years after being diagnosed with myelofibrosis, a rare blood disorder, in 2008. But having successfully overcome the disease, the former West of England stroke play champion and Kent county champion, is focused on making the most of his undoubted talent.

“I got very lucky and now I’m clean I’m able to enjoy my golf again,” he said. “The allure of playing in the Hong Kong Amateur is the chance of getting into a European Tour event, which is something I’ve never done before. I’m really looking forward to the experience.”

Richardson was a full England international in 2005 and 2006, reached the British Mid Amateur quarter finals in the following year and was a member of the England team in the European Nations Championship in 2008 when he also reached the last eight of the Spanish Amateur Championship.

The Hong Kong victory tops a highly successful 2012 for the Kent man. This season, he has enjoyed a string of top ten finishes including runner-up in the Midland Open Championship and third place in the Lagonda and Waterford Trophies, which saw him finish third on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Men’s Order of Merit.

He has also be included in the England ‘A’ training squad for the winter and 2013.

In equal fourth place was Alastair Hall from Suffolk after a closing 74 for 298.

Leading final scores:
281 – E Richardson (Eng) 73 75 65 68
295 – Liu Yu Jui (Chinese Taipei) 73 73 72 77
296 – S Mizuno (HK) 73 74 73 76
298 – A Hall (Eng) 68 76 80 74, V Chandra (Fiji) 71 75 74 78

Posted by: Brian Roake | October 8, 2012

The USA captures the Eisenhower Trophy

The USA won a weather-disrupted Eisenhower Trophy at the weekend with a five stroke victory over nearest challengers Mexico in Antalya, Turkey.

The three-strong American team of Chris Williams, Steven Fox and Justin Thomas posted a record 54 hole total of 404, 24 under par for the three days at Antalya Golf Club.

Williams, who recently won the Mark H McCormack Medal as the leader in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR), and Fox, the US Amateur champion, carded two under par 69’s in the final round with Thomas posting a non-counting 70.

Sebastian Vazquez led the Mexican challenge with an excellent individual 15 under par total of 199 for the three rounds which was good enough to win him the individual prize, one shot ahead of Williams and two ahead of Moritz Lampert from Germany.

The Mexican team score was a 19 under par total of 409. Four strokes further back were France, Germany and the Republic of Korea who tied in the bronze medal position. Canada and Norway tied for sixth on 417, with England in eighth on 418, and Japan, Venezuela and Spain tied for ninth on 419.

A delighted USA captain Jim Vernon said, “It has been since 2004 that the trophy has found its way to the USA and it is great to have it coming back to our shores. They are three guys who bonded well and played golf as a team.”

The World Amateur Team Championships are staged by the International Golf Federation which comprises the governing bodies of golf in 126 countries and the international professional tours. This was the 28th staging of the biennial competition which was hosted by the Turkish Golf Federation.

Last week the Republic of Korea women’s team won the Espirito Santo Trophy for the second consecutive time.

Full results can be found here.

Posted by: Brian Roake | October 3, 2012

World Amateur Team Championships get underway in Turkey

The 2012 World Men’s Amateur Team Championships get underway in Antalya, Turkey tomorrow.

The Eisenhower Trophy, is played at Cornelia Golf Club and Antalya Golf Club (PGA Sultan Course)

For details of teams, tee times and live scoring click here.

Posted by: Brian Roake | October 1, 2012

Wiltshire keep County crown by narrowest of margins

Wiltshire successfully defended the English Men’s County Championship when they tied with Lancashire on a dramatic final day at Beau Desert in Staffordshire.

Both counties finished with the same match points but Wiltshire took the title again on games won by the narrowest of margins, 18 to 17.

In the third place match, Suffolk overcame Worcestershire 6-3 to leave the Midland champions with the wooden spoon.

Posted by: Brian Roake | September 30, 2012

It’s North v South West for the County Championship

Lancashire and Wiltshire will decide the destination of the English County Championship at Beau Desert Golf Club in Staffordshire tomorrow after each completed their second successive victory of the week.

Lancashire overwhelmed Worcestershire 6½ – 2½ while Wiltshire beat Suffolk by the same score.

Because of an adverse weather forecast for today with rain and high winds scheduled, the programme is being reversed with the singles in the morning, starting at 8am, with the foursomes in the afternoon.

For live scoring click here.

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