History was made over the weekend when for the first time both Fairhaven Trophies were retained by the defending champions.
England boy cap Marco Penge (Goodwood, Sussex) successfully defended the boys’ title while Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe, Lancashire) did the same in the girls’ event.
Penge needed a playoff to lift the trophy a year ago but this time he won by a street, finishing seven strokes clear of under 16 international Matty Lamb (Hexham, Northumberland).
Penge, who will turn 16 on 15th May, was always on the leaderboard after opening with a 69.He followed that with back-to-back rounds of 70 and he could even afford a level-par closing 72 and still win comfortably and become the first boy to retain the title.
Matty Lamb, 16, finished on level par 288 after a closing 71, while Max Martin (Ladbrook Park, Warwickshire) and Switzerland’s Neal Woernhard were joint third on 291.
Sophie, 16, won the girls’ trophy with a record low score of nine-under par 291 and was third overall in the mixed field. “It was good, I loved it,” said the England girl international. “Last year when Marco and I won we said that if we both came back and played we’d have to win it again – and we did!”
Sophie was involved in a tense battle with good friend and fellow Lancashire player Hollie Muse (West Lancashire).
At the halfway stage Hollie held a one shot lead, but Sophie returned a four-under par, bogey-free third round of 71, to move a stroke ahead with 18 holes left to play.
Sophie saved her best to last, returning a closing five-under 70 which included seven birdies. She had extended her lead to four shots at the turn and eventually won the girls’ trophy by six shots.
In the Nations Cup competed for over the opening two rounds, England teams filled the top three places.
England 4, composed of Hollie Muse, Oliver Farrell (Evesham, Worcestershire) and Jamie Li (Bath, Somerset) and England 1 made up of Sophie Keech (Parkstone, Dorset), Penge and Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park, Derbyshire) finished on 290 but the former won on countback.
England 2 comprising Sophie Lamb, Jake Storey (Alnmouth, Northumberland) and Matty Lamb finished third on 294.
Leading final scores:
281 M Penge (Goodwood) 69 70 70 72
288 M Lamb (Hexham) 72 72 73 71
291 S Lamb (Clitheroe) 76 74 71 70
292 M Martin (Ladbrook Park) 77 73 75 67, N Woernhard (Switz) 72 71 77 72
290 England 4; England 1
294 England 2
295 Finland 1, Scotland 3