England won the Canadian International Junior Challenge for the seventh time with a dramatic charge over the last five holes of the championship at Wildfire Golf Club, Ontario.
The team of Jake Bolton, Jack Cope, Danny Daniels and Kristian Tannum Donaldson had trailed the hosts, Canada, over the first two rounds and, with five holes left of the final round, they were six shots behind.
But in a storming finish they overtook their rivals and won the title by a shot. Daniels (Essendon) birdied two of the last five on his way to three-under 69, the low score of the day. Tannum Donaldson (Buckinghamshire) was two-under for the last five, including a crucial birdie on 18. Cope (Minchinhampton) birdied 14 and 16 to finish on level par. Bolton (Ogbourne Downs) beat his Canadian opponent by two shots over the closing holes.
Manager Alan Covey said: “The job was done! We had played the last five holes in six-under par as a team, to win by a single shot. It was a fantastic fightback by Team England and we were champions.
“Although we were six behind Canada after 13 holes all the team were playing well. I just told each player to try and beat the Canadian in their group by two shots in the last five holes and they responded accordingly!”
Covey also praised the boys from Team Canada for being great opponents. "Canada pushed us all the way, but thankfully we just came out on top," he said.
England played the last round in a team score of one-under and finished the 54-hole event on four-over par, one shot ahead of Canada. In addition Bolton was third individually on two-over, two behind the leaders, scoring 73 69 76. Tied fifth were Daniels 74 77 69 and Tannum Donaldson 74 72 74; while Cope was eighth 75 75 72.
The championship is the only multi-team international junior golf championship conducted in Canada. The event was developed to provide elite junior golfers around the world the opportunity to compete in an international ranked event while experiencing Canadian culture in one of Canada's finest regions. The event also promotes the building of international relations between juniors and golfing federations.
Caption: (from left) Jack Cope, Kristian Tannum Donaldson, Alan Covey (team manager), Jake Bolton, Danny Daniels. (Image courtesy Canadian Junior Golf Association).