Max Orrin secured his second major victory in the space of three weeks when he won the Lagonda Trophy on a wet and dreary day at The Gog Magog Golf Club near Cambridge.
The England boy international from Kent posted a final round of 70 for 270, ten under par, and a two-shot winning margin over Robert Sutton and three better than his county colleague Mark Collins.
In early May, Orrin (image copyright Tom Ward) came from several shots back to win the South East of England Links Championship at Royal Cinque Ports. This time he shared the lead with Sutton going into the second and final day but forged ahead to collect the title.
It was his third round 65 that proved crucial to Orrin’s success. “That was the key to the win,” he said. “But I played solidly throughout and putted well. “I’ve worked hard all winter on my short game. In the conditions we’ve faced so far this year it is important to get this part of the game right. It’s been the biggest improvement in my game this year.”
With Sutton, one of his playing partners, taking 67 in round three, Orrin went into the final circuit two strokes ahead and although both swopped birdies on the final afternoon, he stayed there, confirming he can lead from the front as well as challenging from behind.
“It was nice to be in the last group in an event,” added the 19 year old from the North Foreland club. “I’d not been in that position for a while and had not had the pressure to close out a tournament. So it is nice to know I can do it when leading.”
With Collins finishing third and Michael Saunders fifth, it meant Kent had three players in the top five while Wiltshire’s Josh Loughrey was fourth on 276, having shared the first round lead with Collins on 66.
Leading final scores:
270 M Orrin (North Foreland) 68 67 65 70
272 R Sutton (Dunstable Downs) 66 69 67 70
273 M Collins (Chart Hills) 68 68 67 70
276 J Loughrey (Wrag Barn) 66 70 69 71
278 M Saunders (Dartford) 69 67 74 68
280 M Kippen (Enmore Park) 71 68 71 70