Teenager Charlie Thornton signed off from boys’ golf on a high and has immediately followed up with a winning start to his men’s career.
Thornton, who won the 2016 England Golf Boys’ Order of Merit, triumphed in a sudden death play-off for the Berkhamsted Trophy against fellow Yorkshireman Ben Hutchinson.
They tied on seven–under par after 72 holes on the Hertfordshire course, with Hutchinson (Howley Hall) forcing the play-off with an up and down at the last.
But Thornton, 18, (Fulford) took the title on the first extra hole to follow in the footsteps of such previous winners as Sandy Lyle, Luke Donald and Andy Sullivan.
The field included 14-year-old Berkhamsted member Ben Pierleoni, who immediately after event, travelled to North Wales to represent England U16s in this week’s quadrangular match against Ireland, Wales and Holland.
For the first time this year the event attracted World Amateur Golf Ranking points.
Caption: Charlie Thornton with the Berkhamsted Trophy (image courtesy Ian Hall).
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