Hertfordshire duo win Telegraph BMW Junior Championships at Quinta do Lago in Portugal
England international Harry Goddard retained his composure to stroll to his first Telegraph BMW Junior Championship boys’ title at Portugal’s famous Quinta do Lago resort.
The big-hitting 16-year-old recovered from a poor second round to card a final day five-under-par 67 to cruise to a nine-stroke victory in the event, won in the past by the likes of European Ryder Cup stars Justin Rose and Matt Fitzpatrick.
Fellow England star Hannah Screen made it a day to remember for Hertfordshire as she closed out a two-shot win in the girls’ competition, and there was one final treat in store for the champions with Europe’s 2014 Ryder Cup-winning captain Paul McGinley on hand to present them with their trophies.
Goddard, from Cheshunt, enjoyed a rollercoaster week in his bid for victory on Quinta do Lago’s acclaimed North Course, two years after first competing in the long-running tournament.
The rising Hertfordshire star hit a
course-record 66 in the opening round, before a wayward 77 on Thursday left him with the rest of the field breathing down his neck with 18 holes to play.
However, his magic touch returned in the final round as he slowly inched away from his final group rivals to fire a 67.
“It felt great again today,” he said afterwards. “I got my fade back and I knew I would be striking it well again today.
“It feels great to win. I’ve had a great season with no missed cuts, mainly against players two years older than me. This is right up there.”
Newcastle’s Jamie Wilson, a member
at Tyneside and Close House, and Peebles’ Darren Howie fell away on the final day, with the latter finishing second.
Barclay Brown, who hails from the same Hallamshire club as the aforementioned Fitzpatrick, finished
third on four-over. This was Brown’s second successive Telegraph event and, aged 15, still has three more chances to qualify.
Meanwhile, in the girls’ event, it was a tight affair all the way down the closing stretch between overnight leader Screen and first round leader Lily May Humphreys.
Screen looked shaken after four-putting from close range on the seventh but three birdies in five holes calmed the nerves and the rising Berkhamsted star held on to win by two strokes.
“I’m absolutely thrilled,” said Screen. “I’m incredibly proud and it’s such a good platform for what lies ahead.”
Norwich’s Amelia Williamson, who qualified top of the Telegraph leaderboard over the summer, settled for third, with Cloe Frankish finishing fourth.