England’s Dan Brown pulled off a winning double when he scored a five-shot victory in the ST8TS TGH Dutch Junior Open at Toxandria in the Netherlands.
Brown (Bedale), a member of the England Golf men’s squad, was 10-under par for the championship, having forged ahead in the last round with a closing 68.
He also teamed up with fellow Yorkshireman Joe Dean (Lindrick) and Cheshire’s Rhys Nevin-Wharton (Sandiway) to win the Nations Cup for England.
Dean – who won this event in 2012 – shared second place overall, while Nevin-Wharton tied fifth. Jordan Wrisdale (Boston) also finished in the top 10 and the other four England players in the field were all inside the top 20.
This was Brown’s first and only attempt at the U21 title and he remarked: “I decided to go over and try to win – and it was nice to do so.”
The final round began as a battle between Brown and Dean who were tied for the lead after 54 holes. “Joe hits it a long way and I thought he might make a few birdies and put the pressure on,” said Brown. But it was he who moved ahead, dropping only one shot in the round and amassing five birdies, including one on the 18th.
He reaped the benefit of a long practice putting session after the second round and was able to complete some good up-and-downs to keep his momentum going. “I was very pleased, it’s nice to know I can go into the last round leading and hold my own under pressure,” he said.
Brown’s prize includes a place in the KLM Open on the European Tour which starts on September 10. But, as a member of the GB&I Walker Cup squad, he hopes to be selected for the team which will take on the USA at the same time. “It’s a nice situation to be in, a bit of a win-win. If I get picked for the Walker Cup then that’s the major event to play in; if I don’t I’ve got this to fall back on.”
Brown’s next big date is the English amateur championship next week at Alwoodley and Pannal in Yorkshire, followed by the European amateur in Slovakia.
Caption: Dan Brown with his caddy, Bas Soudant, 13. Brown stayed with Bas’s family throughout the championship.