Gilbert and Fuller scoop the ÔHenry Cooper’ honours

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England regional squad players Michael Gilbert and Annabell Fuller scooped the honours at the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters at Nizels, Kent.

Gilbert, from Chelmsford, Essex, won the boys’ title on eight-under par, while Fuller, from Roehampton in Surry, was four-under in the girls’ event – and 13 shots clear of her closest rival.

Fuller, 14, also teamed up with Jake Benson (Beeston Fields) and Arrun Singh Brar (Foxhills) to win the Nations Cup for England.

Gilbert, 15, missed the cut in this tournament last year – but there was no holding him this season. He finished two clear of Jack Cope (Minchinhampton) and Harry Gillespie (Welwyn Garden City), who both shot six-under. Conor Richards (Shanklin & Sandown) and Charlie Strickland (Ham Manor) were a stroke further back, while Jake Bolton (Ogbourne Downs) finished on four-under.

Gilbert is a member of the England Golf East U16 boys’ squad and tied fifth in the U16 spring championship at Hawkstone Park.

Fuller, who trains with the England Golf South U16 girls’ squad, went into this event determined to win, having been second five times this year – and losing three titles in play-offs.

She made no mistakes, leading from the start and returning the best score in each of the four rounds, shooting 71 72 67 74. Her third round, of five-under par, was her highlight of the tournament.

Among the events in which she has been runner-up this season are the Scottish U18 girls’ championship, the Frilford Heath Salver and the U16 spring championship. Along the way she’s cut her handicap from five to plus-one.

The girls’ runner-up was Chiara Tamburlini of Switzerland, who had a hole-in-one during the tournament.

Image courtesy Adrian Cheeseman