02:10PM, Monday 05 August 2019
A sparkling performance from Conor Gough saw him win the English Men’s Amateur Championships in Hankley Common, Surrey this weekend.
The 16-year-old Stoke Park Golf Club member defeated Northamptonshire’s Callum Farr, 20, 3&2 in the final to add the amateur title to his McGregor Trophy and British Boy’s title.
Gough has spent much of the early part of the year focusing on his GCSE’s, but his time away from the course appears to have little detrimental effect.
In the first round Gough was three shots up after a birdie on the sixth and an eagle on the eighth. Farr claimed his first hole when he putted for a birdie on the 10th but he could never reel in his rival who held a four shot lead heading into lunch before he won the 18th with a par. Farr started the second round strongly, with a birdie on the first, but he found himself three shots down again after dropping shots on the fourth and fifth holes. Gough then sealed victory on the short 16th with a testing four-foot putt for par.
“It feels great to win,” said Gough, moments after holing the winning putt. “I played really well. I love match play and as soon as I got through the stroke play qualifier I knew I had a good chance.
“I’m proud of myself. I’ve got a couple of big weeks coming up so I hope I can keep things going.
“I’ve got the Boys’ Home Internationals next week and then the US Amateur Championship at Pinehurst. I’m really looking forward to that. It’s the same format as this so hopefully I can put in another good performance.”
It was impossible not to feel for England “A” squad member Farr who has now reached the last four and the last two in the past two years without tasting success.
“I hit the ball better this afternoon but just couldn’t get the putts to drop,” he said. “I’m disappointed but Conor is a very good player and he deserved to win because he played a lot better than me.
“I got to the semi-final last year and now the final so maybe next year will be my year,” he added.
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