Oscar leads strong English challenge at McGregor Trophy

Nottinghamshire’s Oscar Bartram shot three-under 69 today to head a strong English performance in the first round of the McGregor Trophy.

There are four English players among the top four and ties, holding off the international challenge in the much-coveted English U16 boys’ open stroke play championship at Kedleston Park Golf Club, Derbyshire.

Bartram (Notts Golf Club) is one stroke clear of the field and topping the leaderboard in an event of this stature is a new experience for the 15-year-old.

“It was nice to see my name up there! I’ve got a later tee time tomorrow and I plan to get some good practice in and then just enjoy myself,” he remarked

Bartram had five birdies in his round today and commented: “I hit it nicely off the tee and hit quite a lot of greens, then holed some important putts.

One shot behind him is Joe Sullivan (Chartham Park), who signed off with a birdie for his 70, and Spain’s Carlos Roldos.

They’re being pursued by Joe Sykes (Golf at Goodwood), Ben Schmidt (Rotherham) and Reuben Bather of Wales, who all shot one-under 71.

This is a very competitive championship with 12 players sharing seventh place on level par, including another six English players.