What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago Derbyshire’s Bradley Moore lost a play-off for the Carris Trophy. Today he’s celebrating a five shot victory in the championship at Little Aston Golf Club.
He completed the English boys’ open stroke play championship on eight-under par, signing off with a two-over par 74 – compiled in a continuous downpour – and was five clear of the runner-up, John Axelsen of Denmark.
Sharing third place on level par were Portugal-based Nathan Brader and Jonathan Goth-Rasmussen, who soared up the leaderboard with a closing 67, the low round of the day. Also in the prizes were fifth placed John Gough (Stoke Park) and Harry Hall (West Cornwall) who was sixth.
Last year, Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park) lost this title to a good friend, which eased the disappointment, but the championship was high on his hit list for 2015. “I definitely wanted to come here and show I could win,” he said.
“It also means a lot because it’s my last year in boys’ golf and I wanted to get a big boys’ win,” added Moore (Image © Leaderboard Photography).
He led from start to finish, opening with rounds of 69, 72 and yesterday’s course record 65 which gave him a lead of seven shots going in to the final round. “It was that round which gave me the opportunity,” he said.
“I didn’t hit the ball great today, I don’t know why, it was just one of those days, but I managed to get it round in a winning score.”
John Axelsen, who won last year’s U16 McGregor Trophy, is a formidable player, and Moore was well aware that he might charge at him. “John is capable of going low if the putts drop for him,” he said.
The Danish player had some impressive shots, for example driving the 317-yard fourth hole, and he twice narrowed the gap to four shots. But each time Moore regained the momentum, helped by birdies on the ninth and 13th – both short holes.
He also demonstrated some excellent short game skills, with some crucial up and downs, including two from bunkers.
“This gives me confidence going into the English amateur next week, then the European amateur and then straight to the British boys,” said Moore as he outlined his busy schedule.
The 17-year-old has been England’s top boy golfer for the past two years and, as well as adding the Carris Trophy to his CV, he also won the Malcolm Reid Salver for the best aggregate score in this championship and in the Peter McEvoy Trophy, in which he was runner-up.
The U16 trophy, the Hazards Salver, was shared by England’s Jake Benson (Beeston Fields), Italy’s Adalberto Montini and Sweden’s Hugo Townsend, who all finished on six-over par.
Benson, 16, was two behind at the start of the final round and scored one-over 73 to tie, achieving his target for the week. Crucially, he got up and down from a fairway bunker on the 18th and he said: “I knew I needed to do it to have a chance.”
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