Ace play gave England’s Marco Penge victory in the boys’ championship at the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, while international Emma Allen won the girls’ title.
Penge was four off the pace at the halfway stage but powered to a seven shot victory, playing the final two rounds at Nizels, Kent, in 11-under par for a 14-under total.
The 17-year old boy international from Golf at Goodwood in Sussex had a hole in one on the 16th in the third round. It helped him to a score of 66 and he went on to add a final round 67, finishing seven clear of Scotland’s Joseph Bryce.
It was Penge’s sixth ace, but his first in competition. “It bounced about 15ft past the pin and spun back in. I could see it all the way which was really good,” he said.
The success brings Penge closer to achieving a long-held ambition to win all the top boys’ titles. He adds this to the Peter McEvoy Trophy, which he won earlier this season, the MacGregor Trophy and the Fairhaven Trophies; leaving him to target the Carris Trophy – the English U18 boys’ title – and the British boys’ championship.
This season he’s also won his first men’s title, the Scottish open strokeplay, and his next big date is final qualifying for The Open.
Emma Allen, 18, from Meon Valley in Hampshire, was two under par at the halfway stage and was two behind the leader. She was trailing her good friend, Lizzie Prior (Burhill), and overtook her in the third round with a one-under 71, which put her four clear.
It was the first time Allen had led going into the final round of a competition and she held on to her advantage, closing with 76 for a one over par total and an eight-shot winning margin. Prior, also a girl international, and Cloe Frankish (Chart Hills) tied for second place.
Allen went straight to Worthing in Sussex for South Region County Match Week. She is representing Hampshire who are beginning their defence of the national title which they won at 2014 County Finals. Later this summer Allen will set off to the USA to study at the University of Missouri.
In the Nations Cup event, the winners were the England A team of Will Enefer (Wrekin), Matty Lamb (Hexham) and Lizzie Prior (Burhill). England B, represented by Toby Briggs (Dunston Hall), Billy Spooner (Woodhall Spa) and Emma Allen (Meon Valley) came third. England C, represented by George Gardner (Castle Royle), Rhys Nevin-Wharton (Sandiway) and Sammy Fuller (Roehampton) came fourth
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