Durham’s Andrew Wilson equalled the course record at Rotherham Golf Club with eight-under par 62 on his way to victory in the Lee Westwood Trophy.
The former England A squad member from Darlington Golf Club, played an almost flawless first round. He carded seven birdies and an eagle, with just one dropped shot on the 17th where he over shot the green and failed to make up and down.
He held a five-stroke lead going into the final round and appeared to be cruising until late drama almost snatched victory from his hands.
Four dropped shots on the 14th, 15th and 16th holes suddenly opened up the field and he found himself one behind Fulford’s Charlie Thornton playing in the group ahead.
However, Thornton accidentally trod on his own ball while searching in the rough just behind the 17th green. A ruling gave him a one shot penalty and the frustration led to three putts and the triple bogey ended his chances.
Wilson, watching on the fairway behind was unaware of the events ahead but he made birdie putting him well in control. A steady par down the last secured his four stroke win with a 72-hole total of four under par (62 71 70 73).
The 23-year-old said: “I’m delighted with the way I’ve played his week. I’ve been seeing coach Graham Walker recently and that has helped a lot.
“It was pleasing to equal the course record, although in a way I’m disappointed to have been caught out by the wind on the 17th and ending up with a bogey from 130 yards out.
“After that opening round I played pretty solidly and did what I had to do although the bad run on the back nine of the final round nearly saw all the effort wasted.
“It brought so many players back into it, but I had a solid finish to the round so I’m very pleased.”
The Lee Westwood Trophy offers points on the World Amateur Golf Ranking and the England Golf order of merit. Westwood’s mum, Trish, presents the prizes.