Somerset’s Tom Sloman led a great one-two-three for England when he won the Dutch Junior Open by a shot at Toxandria Golf Club.
He was 13-under for 72 holes, beating Bailey Gill by a shot and finishing two ahead of third-placed Ben Firth, who both come from Yorkshire. The trio also won the Nations Cup for England.
Sloman’s success earns him a place in the KLM Open on the European Tour from September 14-17.
The 20-year-old from Taunton and Pickeridge led the U21 championship from start to finish, opening with five under 67 before adding 68 71 69.
Gill, 20, (Lindrick) joined him in the lead after 54 holes, having scored 70 68 68 , and the final round turned into a great battle between the two, who were part of an England Golf squad for the event.
They were still tied as they turned for home, having reached the turn in level par. But Gill slipped back on the 10th with a double bogey and Sloman’s lead stretched to three when he birdied the 12th.
Gill narrowed the gap with an eagle on the long 14th, which Sloman birdied, and both birdied the par five 17th. On the last, Gill threw down a challenge with a closing birdie for two-under 70, while Sloman left his own birdie attempt well shot, but he holed out for par to take the title.
Meanwhile, Firth (Moortown) powered up the leaderboard with a closing seven-under 65. He bogeyed the first hole but then played flawlessly with eight birdies in the rest of the round.
Charlie Thornton (Fulford, Yorkshire) who was the England Golf boys’ order of merit winner for 2016, finished seventh on seven under. Laird Shepherd (Rye, Sussex) – another member of the England Golf squad – was 10th on six under.
Caption: Dutch Junior Open champion Tom Sloman (centre) with Bailey Gill (left) and Ben Firth.