Moore the merrier after McEvoy triumph

Bradley Moore

Bradley Moore is setting the pace on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys Order of Merit following his superb victory in the McEvoy Trophy at Copt Heath.

The Derbyshire youngster carded a closing 73 for 287, three over par, to finish three strokes clear of his England under 18 squad colleague Ashton Turner and four clear of the rest of the field.

In fact, it was a good tournament for the England under 18 squad members with five in the leading six at the popular Midland course.

Moore, the England under 14 champion in 2011 and an under 16 international for the past two years, led virtually from start to finish.

He shared top spot with Turner and another under 18 squad member Cameron Massey after an opening 69 while a 74 saw Moore caught on 143 by Joe Brooks of Brickendon Grange and Evesham’s Oliver Farrell, both of whom followed up opening 71s with 72.

But when Brooks and Farrell fell back with third round 80s on the second day, Moore was joined at the top of the leaderboard by Marco Penge from Sussex, yet another under 18 squad player, following a best-of-the-event 67.

Although several players attempted to catch Moore in the final round, none did and his closing 73 was good enough to earn the 15 year old his best result since that Reid Trophy success almost two years ago.

Lincolnshire’s Turner, who began the round a shot behind Moore, returned 75 for 290, while Adam Chapman from Cumbria shot 68 to climb into third spot on 291 alongside English champion Harry Ellis with 70 and his Hampshire colleague Jack Singh Brar with 72.

Leading final scores:
287 B Moore (Kedleston Park) 69 74 71 73
290 A Turner (Kenwick Park) 69 75 71 75
291 A Chapman (Windermere) 76 74 73 68, H Ellis (Meon Valley) 74 74 73 70, J Singh Brar (Brokenhurst Manor) 75 74 70 72
293 M Penge (Worthing) 74 73 67 79