English Men’s Amateur – Day Five: Gough and Addy battle through to final

John Gough will take on Tom Addy in tomorrow’s final of the English Men’s Amateur Championship and look to capture the same trophy won two years ago by younger brother Conor.

The Stoke Park golfer defeated Wath’s George Mason by a 3&2 margin in the semi-final to book his place in the 36-hole final staged at Moortown Golf Club in Yorkshire.

Gough (main image) had earlier put paid to the hopes of club mate Taylor Paul in the quarters courtesy of a 2&1 triumph.

Addy’s remarkable week continued with a quarter final win against Craig Passmore – sealed with a birdie on the 19th hole.

And the 17-year-old followed that up with a 2up win against England men’s squad player Sam Bairstow.

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The final promises to be a thrilling affair – and for the Gough family it’s a familiar path to tread.

Two years ago at Hankley Common, John’s younger brother lifted the trophy after beating Callum Farr in the final.

By a quirk of fate, Farr is now caddying for John and doing a good job based on the results so far.

Should John follow in the footsteps of Conor, then it will be doubly sweet for the elder of the two siblings.

“It would be great to have both our names on the trophy,” confirmed Gough.

“That would be good fun.

“It’s a bit of a bummer he got to it before me, but we’ll let that slide hopefully! I’m excited for it.

“Yesterday was a grind and made me go grey a little bit more.

“Today was stress -free and I’m happy to go through.

“I’ll get as much sleep as I can tonight – it’ll be worth it.

“Luckily, we got done pretty quick this afternoon. I’ll get food and hit the hay.

“No Love Island tonight so I’ll be able to get to bed earlier!”

Gough junior is currently in America preparing for the US Amateur, but was quick to send a well done message to big brother who might think it’s fate that Farr is on his bag this week.

He added: “It’s funny – he wasn’t caddying in the stroke play because he was playing in an event and then he hurt himself.

“I said ‘will you come and caddy for me – why wouldn’t you?’

“After he pulled out his event he said, ‘I’ll come help you do what I couldn’t against your brother!’

“Hopefully he can be part of the trophy win this time.”

For Addy (pictured above) the route to the final has been impressive.

Victories against England boys’ squad member Frank Kennedy and Scottish Boys’ Under 16 champion Sam Easterbrook on Friday were followed by the scalps of Passmore and Bairstow today.

Devon’s Passmore had a tricky five-footer on 18 to win the match. But when it slid by, Addy pounced with a birdie at the first extra hole to win.

Standing on the 15th tee against Bairstow in the afternoon semi, Addy was one down and looked to be going two down when he drove into the right rough.

After chopping out he managed a miraculous up and down from 40 yards. Bairstow uncharacteristically fired a wedge through the back of the green and could only make five to lose the hole.

The match took another twist when Addy birdied the 16th with a brilliant approach and four-foot putt and then held his nerve over the final two holes.

Later the 17-year-old – who lives in Perth, Australia but whose parents Rachel and Harvey are from the north-east of England – said: “I’m lost for words and it hasn’t really kicked in.

“I went out there and tried to play my best and if I won it was a bonus.

“From the start of the week I wasn’t hitting it all that good, but right now I’m confident.

“I can’t wait for the final – it will be a good experience and fun.”

Dad Harvey was back in Australia watching coverage on the England Golf website thanks to ContentLIVE’s broadcast from Moortown.

Mum Rachel was first to give her son a hug after his place in the final was confirmed.

Addy said: “I think mum was more nervous than me.”

The final will be contested over 36 holes in a match play format with ContentLIVE once again on site to bring viewers on the England Golf YouTube channel close to the action.

The first round tees off at 8.30am and spectators are welcome to attend the final of one of amateur golf’s most prestigious events.

 

Photography credit: Leaderboard