Kimsey revels at Rye to win Darwin Salver

Nathan Kimsey

England boy cap Nathan Kimsey (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire) carded final rounds of 66 and 67 to win the Darwin Salver, the South of England Youths Championship, at Rye, with a record score of 270, two under par.

He finished four strokes ahead of fellow boy cap Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent), runner-up for the second successive year, and five in front of Alfie Plant (Rochester & Cobham, Kent).

With the Sussex course enjoying unseasonal benign conditions and the greens in magnificent condition, Curtis Griffiths (Wentworth, Surrey), yet another boy international, set the first day pace to lead on 136, one ahead of Kimsey (picture © Tom Ward)  and Orrin.

But while the 18-year-old Lincolnshire lad stormed in front with his third round 66, Griffiths dropped away with 74 and the challenge was taken up by Orrin, Plant and Scott Campbell (Hallowes, Yorkshire).

But Kimsey, winner of the McEvoy Trophy last year when he also finished fourth on the Titleist FootJoy EGU Boys Order of Merit, wasn’t to be denied and his closing 67 saw him out of reach of his pursuers despite 66s from Plant and Campbell, while Orrin matched Kimsey’s 67.

Leading final scores:
270 N Kimsey (Woodhall Spa) 69 68 66 67
274 M Orrin (North Foreland) 65 72 70 67
275 A Plant (Rochester & Cobham) 70 69 70 66
277 S Campbell (Hallowes) 71 71 69 66
278 C Griffiths (Wentworth) 67 69 74 68, C Shinkwin (Moor Park) 71 70 67 70, C Young (Ashbourne) 69 69 68 72