Wiltshire teen finishes on top
TEENAGER James Porter produced the best round of his life so far to win the 2013 Paul McGinley Junior Cup which was staged at the Quinto do Lago resort in Portugal and was even presented with the trophy by the 2014 European Ryder Cup captain himself.
Porter, who is a member at Marlborough Golf Club and has a handicap of 25, left the rest of the field in his wake as he carded a total of 46 Stableford points on the resort’s South Course, which has played host to the Portuguese Open no fewer than eight times.
“I have to say that it was my best ever round,” said the 16-year-old Marlborough College pupil. “I was getting my lengths right, putted really well and only really had a couple of bad holes.
“I had no idea that I had scored 46 points as I'd scored strokeplay throughout, so it was a great surprise when I heard I had won.
“It was a great honour to meet Paul McGinley and receive the trophy from him as I’ve always been a great admirer of his. I love to watch the Ryder Cup and to meet the captain of Europe was fantastic.”
Meanwhile, in the competition’s 12 and under category, Bernardo Martins emerged victorius with an impressive score of 26 points from his nine holes, two ahead of Ben Brookes and McGinley’s daughter Niamh.
“Quinta do Lago is a fantastic place for kids and it was great to see so many children of all ages taking part in the competition this year,” said the Irishman after giving Porter his prize.
“The South Course is by no means an easy course to play, so to score 46 points is a fantastic achievement. Many congratulations to James on what was a fabulous round of golf.”