White keeps grip on Berkshire Trophy

England v France 2012 - Josh White

England international Josh White (Chipstead, Surrey) retained the Berkshire Trophy by the narrowest of margins from current boy cap Matthew Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire) and his Surrey colleague Tom Berry (Wentworth, Surrey).

White’s aggregate score this time was three shots more than when he won in 2011, while on that occasion he also triumphed by a single shot.

The 20 year old double Surrey champion (image © Tom Ward), who made his full England debut against France last month at Rochester & Cobham Park, was well off the pace after an opening 74 over the Red Course. But a 67 on the Blue brought him back into contention, a shot behind halfway leaders Berry and Sam Whitehead (Woburn, BB&O).

A third round 70 on the Red gave White a share of the lead on 211 with Berry, who went round in 71, the pair being three strokes clear of Fitzpatrick, also with 70, and Haydn Reay (Army, Hampshire, IoW &CI) with 72.

In the final round, again over the Red, Fitzpatrick made a charge for the title with 67 including six birdies, for 281, six under par, but a bogey at the par-three last, his only dropped shot, saw him come up one short of White, who signed for 69 and 280.

White endured a somewhat chequered closing round with an eagle and three birdies. But he double-bogeyed the fifth and also surrendered another shot at the last.

Leading final scores:
280 J White (Chipstead) 74 67 70 69
281 M Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire) 76 68 70 67, T Berry (Wentworth) 71 69 71 70
285 B Brehany (South Beds) 76 69 70 70
288 E Richardson (Hemsted Forest) 72 72 75 69
290 C Adams (Farrington) 73 69 78 70