Gill and Jones lead English challenge in Portgual

Ben Jones

England players, led by Bailey Gill and Ben Jones, put on an impressive performance in the Portuguese amateur men’s championship at the Montado golf resort, taking 10 of the top 20 places.

Gill, from Lindrick, Yorkshire, and Jones, from Northamptonshire County, were joint runners-up alongside Denmark’s Sebastian Friedrichsen on 12-under par. The championship was won by Portugal’s Victor Lopes on 15-under.

Gill birdied the last for a closing round of two-under 70, while Jones (pictured) charged up the leaderboard with his bogey-free 64.

Three other English players completed top 10 finishes: Thomas Plumb (Sherborne, Dorset) was sixth on 10-under, after signing off with 66; Josh McMahon (Wallasey, Cheshire) was ninth on eight-under and Robin Williams (Peterborough Milton, Northamptonshire) was 10th on seven-under.

Behind them were another five English players in the top 20: Conor Gough (Stoke Park, BB&O), Jason Stokes (La Moye, Jersey), Jake Bolton (Ogbourne Downs, Wiltshire), Harry Goddard (Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire) and Tom Sloman (Taunton & Pickeridge, Somerset).

Gill, Jones, McMahon and Sloman are members of the England Golf Men’s A Squad, while Williams and Goddard are in the Boys’ Squad.

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