England teenager Melan Dhaubhadel tied for the prestigious U18 Peter McEvoy Trophy at Copt Heath Golf Club, only to be pipped in a play-off.
The title went to Ireland’s Tom McKibbin, who drove into a bunker on the second extra hole, but managed to get his ball greenside and then chipped in for a birdie three to win.
Dhaubhadel, from Calcot Park Golf Club in Reading, had a birdie putt from about 20ft away to keep the play-off alive. However it failed to drop, as did the attempt of the third play-off member, Aaron Marshall, also from Ireland.
Dhaubhadel, who trains with England Golf’s Thames Valley regional squad and the BB&O elite squad, commented: “I wanted to win and I gave it my best shot. I played really well so I can’t be too disheartened.”
For him, the highlight of the championship was the second round, where he shot both his personal best and the low-round of the tournament with his seven-under 64. “It was just good course management and good decisions,” he said.
Together with his opening 68 and his 74, 71 in rounds three and four, it gave him a 72-hole total of seven–under.
Now, the 18-year-old looks forward to a busy season with his next tournament date in next weekend’s West of England Stoke Play Championship at Saunton, Devon.
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