Warwickshire teenager Max Martin pulled off his biggest win to date with a wire-to-wire victory in the Welsh Open Youths’ Championship at Prestatyn.
Martin, who was an England boy international in his junior days, was eight-under for the 72-hole tournament and won by a stroke from Thomas Williams of Wales.
“It was really awesome to win,” said Martin, 19, a member at Ladbrook Park Golf Club in Solihull. “I’ve been playing well for the last year or 18 months but my short game has been letting me down. I’ve worked really hard on it for the last three months and it all came together.”
He laid the foundations for his success in the first round with a bogey-free eight-under 64, during which the longest putt he faced was 13 feet.
However, he rated his third round 69 as even better quality, played in ‘brutal’ windy conditions. He was 13-under going into the final round and played conservatively over the closing holes as he headed home in the strong wind.
“I didn’t want to make any silly mistakes, I just wanted to get the job done,” he said.
Earlier this season, Martin had a top ten finish at the South East of England Links Championship and a top 20 at the Welsh Strokeplay.