Walker Cup man Orrin tops Order of Merit

Max Orrin English Men's Am Leaderboard

Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent) experienced many golfing highlights over the past season including being a member the GB&I Walker Cup team. So much so that he rounded off the year, as well as his amateur career, by topping the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Men’s Order of Merit for 2013.

A year ago, Orrin (image copyright Leaderboard Photography) was celebrating winning the Boys Order of Merit. Now the 19 year old England international has completed a superb double by racing away with the men’s merit award.

He topped the list with 122,056 points, almost 15,000 more than his England and Walker Cup team-mate Callum Shinkwin (Moor Park, Hertfordshire), while two more Walker Cup man, Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland) with 105,215 points was third and Jordan Smith (Bowood G&CC, Wiltshire) fourth with 103,648 points.

“I’m pleased to have won the men’s Order of Merit and I’m grateful to Titleist and FootJoy for their sponsorship,” said Orrin. “It is not an easy thing to win as there are a lot of good players out there. But it does indicate that you have enjoyed a successful year.

“Getting selected for the Walker Cup was massive but I didn’t play as well as I would have liked. However, it has been the highlight of my career so far and something you don’t forget. That also underlined how good a year you’ve had but after that I felt it was the right time to turn professional.

“I shall never forget my time as an amateur and how much I owe England Golf.”

The bulk of Orrin’s points, over 38,000, were gained from his reaching the Amateur Championship semi-finals, while a semi-final place in the English Amateur secured another 23,000 points.

A runner-up spot in the St Andrews Links Trophy earned him more than 26,000, while victory in the Lagonda Trophy, one of his two titles, brought a further 20,000 points.

Shinkwin, 20, earned 30,000 points with victory in the English Amateur at Frilford Heath and 20,000 for winning the Hampshire Salver. Almost the same amount was chalked up for his runners-up place in the Scottish Open Stroke Play, while he also reached the last 16 of the Amateur Championship and was fourth in the Welsh Open Stroke Play, both of which added to his tally.

Porteous, 23, enjoyed a superb summer, winning the Amateur Championship, which earned him 50,000 points, a further 30,000 for winning the Scottish Open Stroke Play and over 24,000 as runner-up in the Welsh Open Stroke Play.

Fourth placed Smith, 21, gained most of his points from his victory in the Brabazon Trophy at Formby.