England have scored a double triumph in the European Young Masters, with victory in the team event and a dramatic individual win for Bradley Moore in the boys’ championship.
Moore, from Kedleston Park in Derbyshire, was nine-under par for the 54-hole event and secured his title with an eagle, birdie finish at Hamburg Golf Club in Germany.
His score combined with those of Marco Penge (Worthing, Sussex), Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire) and Sophie Madden (West Essex) to give England a team total of 12-under par and a six-shot win over Spain. Third place in Europe’s premier U16 event went to Finland.
Moore, 15, took the honours in the boys’ individual event with a magnificent finish to overcome the challenge of Portugal’s Pedro Almeida. The two players were neck and neck as they approached the final two holes and both eagled the par five 17th.
But Moore broke the deadlock with a birdie on the 18th, while his rival bogeyed the hole and slipped back to join Denmark’s John Axelson on seven-under par.
Penge, 15, was right behind them, finishing fourth in the boys’ competition on six-under par. He improved his scores each day with returns of level par 71, 69 and 67.
The result underlines a remarkable fortnight for the two boy internationals. Just before travelling to Germany, Penge won the English U15 and U16 boys’ championships, while Moore was runner-up in the U16s.
Moore has already won the McEvoy Trophy, the Midland Region Schools Championship and was the leading individual in the Midland Boys’ Qualifying. Penge, meanwhile, has also won the Fairhaven Trophy and the South Region Schools Championship this year.
Alice Hewson contributed two scores to the team total, with a level par 71 on the opening day and a one-under 70 in the third round. They helped her in to ninth place in the girls’ individual championship. Sophie Madden provided a 75 on the second day of the competition.
Alice is the Scottish U16 open stroke play champion and a past winner of the English U13 girls’ title. Sophie tied second at this season’s Irish U18 stroke play championship and helped England win the team event.
Caption: (from left) Alice Hewson, Marco Penge, Bradley Moore and Sophie Madden (Image: Angerer, Krafft)