Oliver Carr (Heswall, Cheshire), a member of the England A squad, won the South East of England Links Championship at Royal St George’s and Royal Cinque Ports in Kent.
A closing round of 73 for 287, five over par, gave 19-year-old Carr a one stroke winning margin over Blane Brehany (South Beds, Bedfordshire) with another A squad member, Nathan Kimsey (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire) third on 289.
The three-day championship, one round each over the two courses on the opening two days and the final 36 holes at Royal St George’s, saw Carr (picture © Tom Ward) lay down a marker with a pair of 69s.
This left him as the halfway leader, four strokes ahead of Brehany and the Kent pair of Daniel Byrne (Dartford, Kent) and Ed Richardson (Hemsted Forest, Kent).
However, a 76 on the final day morning brought Carr back to the field and he went into the final circuit just one strokes clear of Byrne, who carded 73, and two ahead of Brehany with 74.
But Byrne dropped back with a closing 76 while Carr’s closing 73 just kept him ahead of Brehany with 72 while Kimsey came through the field with 71.
Another Cheshire player, Marcus Mohr (Bromborough, Cheshire) signed for a best-of-the-round 69 to climb to joint fourth on 290 alongside Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent).
But the effort earned Mohr the Grand Challenge Cup for the best final day aggregate of 141.
Leading final scores:
287 O Carr (Heswall) 69 69 76 73
288 B Brehany (Sth Beds) 69 73 74 72
289 N Kimsey (Woodhall Spa) 70 74 74 71
290 M Mohr (Bromborough) 75 74 72 69, M Orrin (North Foreland) 70 76 73 71