Brown’s double birdie finish wins the Carris

England’s Barclay Brown birdied the last two holes to snatch a one-shot victory in the Carris Trophy at Fulford Golf Club, York.

Brown’s double birdie finish wins the Carris

England’s Barclay Brown birdied the last two holes to snatch a one-shot victory in the Carris Trophy at Fulford Golf Club, York.

Brown, from Hallamshire Golf Club, found the last gasp push to finish on eight-under par and get past the long-time leader, Italy’s Gregorio De Leo.

It was his first major win and, even better, his triumph in the English U18 boys’ open championship came in his home county of Yorkshire.

The 17-year-old boy international worked hard for his win. His tee shots went hither and thither during the round but, with the touch of a magician, he pulled off outrageous shots from thick rough, under trees and in the bushes to keep himself in the running.

The 7th was a great example. His tee shot went into the trees on the right, he escaped from that, only to send his third shot over the green and on to the 8th tee. From there he simply chipped in for par.

“I knew I had a good chance,” said Brown, after pulling off his win. “But I completely lost my game today. I just got up and down all over place and my putter saved me.

“I aimed to stay in it as long as I could and hope it would come good at the end, which it did.”

For all but two holes, De Leo kept ahead. He started the round with a two shot lead which, at times, he extended to three.

But on the 15th the gap was narrowed to one when Brown got up and down – again – for par, while de Leo took his turn to visit the trees and bogeyed the hole.

The 17th was the turning point for Brown. He rammed home a 35-footer for birdie and into a tie for the lead after de Leo was unable to follow him in on the same line.

“A few putts had just slipped by because I hadn’t hit them hard enough,” said Brown. “On that one, I thought it was time and I gave it a bit more pace. I knew Gregorio was right on my line and I would give him a good read, so I knew I needed to hole it.”

On the last, Brown put himself in a great position off the tee and his second finished pin high, just off the green. De Leo, meanwhile, hit his drive into a bunker and reached the green in three. Brown chipped dead for a certain birdie and the Italian’s attempt to force a play-off slid by.

“I was nervous over that chip,” said Brown. “Definitely.” He’s been seeking that big win for a while and commented: “Ive been playing well this year but just hadn’t quite get over the line so it’s nice to do it, especially here in Yorkshire in an England Golf event.”

Brown collected more silverware. He also helped England win the Nations Cup, teaming up with Harrison Arnold (Castle Royle) and Enrique Dimayuga (Walton Heath). Their team total, over 36 holes was eight-under par and they finished six shots ahead of Italy.

He also won the Malcolm Reid Salver for the best aggregate score in the Carris and Peter McEvoy Trophies

Scotland’s Connor McKinney and Italy’s Alessio Battista shared the Hazards Salver for the best U16 score. They finished in a tie for fourth place on four under par

The final round of the championship was disrupted by a prolonged thunderstorm which delayed play by 3.5 hours at the start of the day. Another storm came through during the presentation, lashing the course with heavy rain and hailstones the size of ice cubes.

Brown, from Hallamshire Golf Club, found the last gasp push to finish on eight-under par and get past the long-time leader, Italy’s Gregorio De Leo.

It was his first major win and, even better, his triumph in the English U18 boys’ open championship came in his home county of Yorkshire.

The 17-year-old boy international worked hard for his win. His tee shots went hither and thither during the round but, with the touch of a magician, he pulled off outrageous shots from thick rough, under trees and in the bushes to keep himself in the running.

The 7th was a great example. His tee shot went into the trees on the right, he escaped from that, only to send his third shot over the green and on to the 8th tee. From there he simply

chipped in for par.

“I knew I had a good chance,” said Brown, after pulling off his win. “But I completely lost my game today. I just got up and down from all over place and my putter saved me.

“I aimed to stay in it as long as I could and hope it would come good at the end, which it did.”

For all but two holes, De Leo kept ahead. He started the round with a two shot lead which, at times, he extended to three.

But on the 15th the gap was narrowed to one when Brown got up and down – again – for par, while De Leo took his turn to visit the trees and bogeyed the hole.

The 17th was the turning point for Brown. He rammed home a 35-footer for birdie and into a tie for the lead after De Leo was unable to follow him in on the same line.

“A few putts had just slipped by because I hadn’t hit them hard enough,” said Brown. “On that one, I thought it was time and I gave it a bit more pace. I knew Gregorio was right on my line and I would give him a good read, so I knew I needed to hole it.”

On the last, Brown put himself in a great position off the tee and his second finished pin high, just off the green. De Leo, meanwhile, hit his drive into a bunker and reached the green in three. Brown chipped dead for a certain birdie and the Italian’s attempt to force a play-off slid by.

“I was nervous over that chip,” said Brown. “Definitely.” He’s been seeking that big win for a while and commented: “I’ve been playing well this year but just hadn’t quite got over the line so it’s nice to do it, especially here in Yorkshire in an England Golf event.”

Brown collected more silverware. He also helped England win the Nations Cup, teaming up with Harrison Arnold (Castle Royle) and Enrique Dimayuga (Walton Heath). Their team total over 36 holes was eight-under par and they finished six shots ahead of Italy.

He also won the Malcolm Reid Salver for the best aggregate score in the Carris and Peter McEvoy Trophies.

Scotland’s Connor McKinney and Italy’s Alessio Battista shared the Hazards Salver for the best U16 score. They finished in a tie for fourth place on four under par

The final round of the championship was disrupted by a prolonged thunderstorm which delayed play by 3.5 hours at the start of the day. Another storm came through during the presentation, lashing the course with heavy rain and hailstones the size of ice cubes.

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