Sale junior Paul wins inaugural title on countback after impressive score
SALE Golf Club’s Paul Marshall had reason to cheer after winning the first ever american golf Junior Championship at De Vere Mottram Hall.
The 17-year-old, who plays off a handicap of 15, finished in a tie for the lead with Renishaw Park’s Libby Kilbride on 42 points but claimed the title on countback.
Despite finishing birdie, birdie, par, Kilbride, who was crowned girls’ champion, was pipped to the post for the overall title by Marshall.
american golf welcomed 100 juniors aged between seven and 18 to play in its inaugural Junior Championship and it proved to be a fiercely-contested competition.
The gross competition also went to countback, with Matthew Payne (Bramhall) beating James Abbey (Sale), as both players’ shot 75. The 29-54 handicap category went to Cannock Park’s Joe Hartshore and the title of Putting Champion was taken by Ben Heywood, who won a very tense sudden-death play-off with five other players.
Seven-year-old Stanley Lin (Telford) was one of the youngest competitors to take part on the day and his attitude, dedication, demeanour and golfing abilities were all recognised when american golf presented him with the ‘Ping Star of the Future’ award.
“Nothing could have prepared us for the incredible response we had to our first ever Junior Club Championship,” said Daniel Gathercole, head of marketing at american golf, who also revealed planning has begun for next year. “We were inundated with entries from players of all ages and abilities, so much so that we had a reserve list.
“We were really impressed by the standard of golf and sportsmanship that all the players showed and can’t wait to start developing our plans to take this event to the next level in 2015.”