White in three-way tie for West of England Title

Josh White and Matt Daley

Josh White (Chipstead, Surrey), a member of the England squad, finished as joint winner of the weather-reduced West of England Stoke Play Championship at Royal North Devon Golf Club.

The 20 year old finished on 223, seven over par, alongside Charlie McLean (Brickhampton Court, Gloucestershire) and Matthew Daley (Hainsworth Park, Yorkshire), just a stroke ahead of five other players as rain and strong winds forced the event to be reduced to 54 holes.

Paul Kinnear (Formby, Lancashire) led on 68 after a fine first day but Daley surged four strokes ahead on 140 after two days, his second round 71 being one of only two sub-par returns as the weather deteriorated over the north Devon coast.

But Daley could do no better than 83 in what turned out to be the final round, while McLean shot 75 and White a best-of-the-day 74. Daley might have wrapped up the title but for an unfortunate episode on the 15th green. He fired his approach to three feet but the wind took his putt off the green and he finished with a double-bogey six.

White, the reigning Surrey Champion and 2011 Berkshire Trophy winner, climbed through the field with his closing 74, which included a back nine of 38 in driving rain and dipping temperatures.

Leading final scores:
223 J White (Chipstead) 71 78 74, C McLean (Brickhampton Court) 72 76 75, M Daley (Hainsworth Park) 69 71 83
224 A Hogan (Newlands) 72 76 76, T Fox (China Fleet) 70 78 76, T Workman (Stinchcombe Hill) 70 78 76, M Williams (Cuddington) 70 77 77, J McCormick (Styal) 71 73 80

Image copyright Tom Ward. Left-right: Matthew Daley and Josh White