02:15PM, Saturday 09 September 2017
A course record-equaling seven under par 65 drove Taylor Paul to the inaugural Tyrrell Hatton Junior Masters title at Harleyford Golf Club, Marlow.
Almost 60 of England’s elite junior golfers came together to compete for the competition on Friday with more than half being category one golfers who play off a handicap of five or under.
The field included Berks, Bucks & Oxon junior champion and two-time BB&O order of merit champion Charlie Herbert (Harewood Downs) and Harleyford’s own
pre-tournament favourite Paul. As the day wore on and the lower handicappers came to grips with the large undulating greens, for which Harleyford is known, the scores became lower until the penultimate group featuring Paul handed in their cards.
With two eagles on back-to-back par fives around the turn Paul set the pace which he built on with consecutive birdies on 12, 13 and 14.
Paul finished with a birdie and then a par on the last to tie the club course held by the on-looking Hatton.
Runner up on the day was another huge talent Connor Bell from Royal Blackheath who shot a more than creditable 71.
Pro golfer Hatton, as the tournament host, was involved in the event from the start and, with his kit sponsors Ping and Titleist, put together an array of gifts for all competitors, and extra prizes for the under-14, under-16 and under-18 winners.
W Scratch golfer Fraser Bown was part of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon (BB&O) team which finished as runners-up to Yorkshire in the under-18 England county finals.
Bown, Maidenhead Golf Club junior captain for 2017, halved his singles match in the competition-decider against Yorkshire despite being three shots down after 14 holes. However, it was not enough to help his team to victory as they lost 7-2 to the eventual county champions. Earlier in the tournament, Bown won his singles 4&3 in the
5.5-3.5 success over Staffordshire, while he went down 4&2 in the 5-4 win over Somerset.
Castle Royle’s Harrison Arnold, and Stoke Park’s Conor Gough and Taylor Paul – who is also a
Harleyford member – were part of a strong BB&O team.
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