Day one round-up:
Craig Passmore, Jan Nebe and Matteo Cristoni top an international leaderboard after the first round of the English Boys’ Under 19 Open Stroke Play Championship at Moor Park in Hertfordshire.
The Englishman, German and Italian all carded four under par rounds of 68 to claim a one-shot lead over Jack Ingham from The Netherlands.
Cristoni has already tasted success in these Isles because last summer the 17-year-old from Modena in Northern Italy travelled to Fortrose & Rosemarkie in the Scottish Highlands and won the Scottish Boys’ Under 16 Open just a couple of weeks after winning the Italian Junior title on home soil.
Passmore from Torquay is a Devon county player while Nebe from Hamburg Treudelberg has won twice on his home circuit over the last couple of months.
The scoring on the opening day was almost as hot as the weather with England’s Jack Anthony McPhail and William Skipp sharing fifth place with Australia’s Thomas Heaton on two-under par 70 and England’s Oscar Doran and Callum Macfie, France’s Hugo Archer and Scottish internationals Aidan O’Hagen and Calum Scott all sharing eighth place on 71.
This year’s Brabazon Trophy winner Ben Schmidt was part of the large group on level par 70 but things did not go so well for reigning British Boys’ champion Conor Gough. The Stoke Park player was six over par after his first twelve holes but then bounced back with three late birdies to post a three-over par 75. Gough’s fellow international Max Hopkins was on the same score.
Day two round-up:
Brabazon Trophy winner Ben Schmidt and Herman Wibe Sekne both made big moves up the leaderboard on the second day of the Carris Trophy.
The Englishman and the Norwegian were tied 13th after level par opening rounds of 72 but will go into the third round in a share of the lead on five-under par 139 after both carded best-of-the-day rounds of 67.
The pair’s nearest challengers are Scotland’s Aidan O’Hagen and England’s William Skipp who shot a 70 and a 71 respectively to move into a share of third place on three-under par 141.
The three first round leaders all dropped down the leaderboard but are still very much in contention with two rounds to go over the next two days.
Germany’s Jan Nebe added a 74 to his opening 68 to sit in fifth place on 142 while Italy’s Matteo Cristoni and England’s Craig Passmore both shot rounds of three-over par 75 to share sixth place with Englishman Archie Smith, Germany’s Felix William Ruess and Italian Luca Civello one-shot further behind.
14-year-old Harley Smith, from the Rayleigh Club in Essex, who won the Under-15 prize at last week’s McGregor Trophy, carded a 72 to be part of the large group in eleventh place on one-over par 143.
Day three round-up:
William Skipp holds a slender one-shot lead heading into the final round of the English Boys’ Under 18 Championship at Moor Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire.
The 17-year-old from Eaglescliffe Golf Club in Durham eagled the long 16th on his way to posting a three under par 69 for a six-under par total of 210.
Skipp’s nearest challenger is 16-year-old Brabazon Trophy winner Ben Schmidt from Rotherham who added a level par 72 to his opening rounds of 72 and 67 to sit one behind on 211. He opened with twelve consecutive pars before picking up a shot on the 13th but then dropped it again on the very next hole.
“It was one of those days when I hit lots of fairways and greens but didn’t get too many putts to drop,” he said. “I putted really well yesterday but not today. Let’s hope it works better tomorrow because I’m in a good position.”
First round leader Craig Passmore from Torquay dropped down the leaderboard with a 75 the next day but has bounced back to third after posting a two under par 70 to finish in third place on three-under par 213.
It was also a great day for Spain’s Rodrigo Martin and Italy’s Lucas Nicolas Fallotico who both carded rounds of 68. That leaves Martin in fourth place on 214 and 2018 Italian Under 16 champion Fallotico in a group comprising Germany’s William Felix Ruess, Norway’s Herman Wibe Sekne, England’s Jack McPhail and Italy’s Matteo Cristoni in a share of fifth place one shot further behind.
Scotland’s Aidan O’Hagen heads into the final round in the lead in the Hazards Salver awarded to the leading GB & I player under the age of 16. He carded a third round 76 but still holds a three-shot advantage over England’s Harley Smith on one over par 217.
14-year-old Smith from the Rayleigh Club in Essex won the Under 15 prize at last week’s McGregor Trophy in what was his first start in an England Golf event.
Day four round-up:
Ben Schmidt claimed his second major title of the season when he won the English Boys’ Under 18 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Moor Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire.
He won the men’s equivalent for the Brabazon Trophy back in June and now he also has the Carris Trophy in his grasp after a hard-fought play-off victory over Spain’s Rodrigo Martin.
Schmidt had to do it the hard way after dropping three shots to par over the first five holes before recovering to post a level par 72 and finish tied with the young Spaniard on five-under par 283.
Martin holed an 18-foot birdie putt on the 72nd green to tie with Schmidt but on the first extra hole carved his tee shot into the trees on the right of the fairway and ultimately failed to get up and down from the edge of the green for his par. Schmidt hit a wedge to 20-feet and two-putted for a winning par.
Further down the leaderboard Norway’s Herman Wibe Sekne closed with a two-under par 70 to finish tied in third place with England’s William Skipp on 285 while another Englishman Oscar Doran fired a 69 to finish in a share of fifth place with Louis Dobbelaar from Australia two shots further behind.
It also proved to be a good event for Scotland’s Calum Scott who closed with a 70 to claim a share of seventh place with English trio Jake Hibbert, Archie Smith and Craig Passmore and Egor Eroshenko from the Czech Republic who closed with a best of the day six-under par 66.
Scott also went on to collect some silverware of his own by winning the Hazards Salver awarded to the leading competitor under the age of 16.
That contest produced a Scottish 1-2 with the Nairn youngster beating compatriot Aidan O’Hagen by one shot on level par 288. England’s Jack Ingham, who plays out of the Eindhovensche Club in The Netherlands, was third on four-over par 292.
An Italian 2 squad comprising Luca Civello, Lorenzo Bruzzone and Alessandro Gambetti won the Nations Cup staged in conjunction with the first two rounds of the individual competition. They finished on level par 288 one shot ahead of an England 1 team made up of Ben Schmidt, Conor Gough and Max Hopkins.