Reid Trophy: Dominant Kim completes wire-to-wire win

Kris Kim has won the Reid Trophy by seven clear shots after dominating the event from start to finish.

The Walton Heath golfer posted a closing one over par round of 71 to win the English Boys’ Under 14 Open Stroke Play title with a 54-hole aggregate score of seven under par (203).

Charlie Croker (pictured below) was Kim’s closest rival for most of the week, but the Thorndon Park junior had to settle for a closing round of 70 to end his championship on level par.

Kim led for all three days of the 54-hole stroke play event and ran out a deserved winner at Porters Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire.

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His final 18 holes may not have matched the opening two efforts of 67 and 65, but maintaining his lead and never losing focus showed maturity beyond his years.

Spencer Davies (Wallasey), Ayden Knight (Tidworth) and Ronnie Groves (Enville) finished in a tie for third place on five over par for their three days’ work.

Groves took the honours in the handicap event – finishing on eight under par and seven clear of John O’Gaunt’s James Stocks and Kim who were tied on one under the card.

Speaking after lifting the trophy previously won by players such as current European Tour stars Eddie Pepperell and Toby Tree, Kim said: “I’m really proud to have won such an important event.

“My putting – especially my short putting – was a strength this week.

“I was just going for fairways and greens all week and then when the pins were in the middle of greens I aimed at them.

“I stuck to my gameplan all week and even with a lead I focused on what I had to do.”

Kim plays off a handicap index of +2.6 and is carrying on the family tradition of being a champion golfer.

The youngster’s mum, South Korean golfer Ji Hyun Kim, is a former LPGA Tour player who also enjoyed a spell on the LET.

 

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