England trio fly the flag in Scotland

Matthew Jordan

England players Matthew Jordan, Gemma Clews and Bel Wardle – all from Cheshire – flew the flag north of the border in Scottish championships.

Jordan was runner-up in the Scottish men’s open while Clews was third in the St Rule Trophy, where Wardle took the U18 honours.

Jordan, from Royal Liverpool, claimed second place at Western Gailes on seven-under par, just a week after finishing fifth in the Brabazon Trophy at Woodhall Spa.

He started on one-over par 72 but then added rounds of 66 69 70 to finish two shots behind the champion, Scotland’s Liam Johnston. Also in the top ten were England’s Matty Lamb (Hexham) and Laird Shepherd (Rye).

At St Andrews, Clews made a storming start to the St Rule Trophy, setting a new record in her first round of 10-under par 65 on the New Course.

The 22-year-old from Delamere Forest, added a second round 70 to take a four shot lead into the final round on the Old Course. However, she slipped back with her two-over 78 and the championship was won by Scotland’s Clara Young on 16-under. Clews has already won the Welsh stroke play this season and finished second in the Irish; she will represent GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy later this month.

Girl international Bel Wardle (Prestbury), took the U18 title on 11-under par after shooting rounds of 74 67 on the New and 74 on the Old Course. She was five shots clear of her closest challengers in the age group. The 17-year-old finished eighth overall and was one of four English players in the top ten alongside Rochelle Morris (Woodsome Hall, Yorkshire) and Dulcie Sverdloff (Orsett, Essex)

Caption: Matthew Jordan (image © Leaderboard Photography)