Conor has final say in Reid Trophy

CONOR Gough pulled off an impressive five-shot victory in the Reid Trophy– despite a little last hole drama at Porters Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire.

The 13-year-old was cruising home in the English U14 boys’ open championship when he caught a flier with his second to the 18th. It cleared the green and finished in an almost inaccessible position beneath tree branches.

Gough, from Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire, opted to replay the shot and this time finished safely to the right of the green. From there he calmly played a neat up and down to complete his – slightly delayed – march to victory.

“I was shocked it went so far,” said Gough who initially took a six-iron for the 190-yard shot. “I hit a good shot but it just came out like a proper flier. But I knew I was five or six shots in the leads so I just told myself to take a double bogey and win.”

He led the championship from start to finish, opening with three-under 67, following up with one-over 71 and signing off today with 74 for a two-over par total.

“I’m really happy to win this, it was important because it’s my last year,” said Gough. “Hopefully I can look forward to winning more competitions in the future.”

The runner-up on seven-over was Nicola Gerhardsen of Switzerland whose closing level par 70 was the best score of the day. Third place on eight-over was shared by Lancelot Salisbury of France, who also made progress with his 71, and England’s Dominic Clemons (Gog Magog) who finished with 74.

England’s Oscar Doran (Delamere Forest) also finished in the top 10, sharing 9th place, while Joseph Wood (West Hill) and Thomas Gregory (Stoke Park) were in a group tied for 12th place.

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