BOSTON Golf Club’s Jordan Wrisdale has become the youngest player to be crowned Lincolnshire county champion.
The Golf Club’s Jordan Wrisdale has become the youngest player to be crowned Lincolnshire county champion.
The 15-year-old kept a cool head through the powerful wind and heavy rain to fight from a shot down to win the Lincolnshire County Golf Championships Challenge Cup by four shots on Sunday.
And he can now see his name added to the giant silver trophy, where it will be displayed alongside the likes of former Lincolnshire champions-come-professionals Jim Payne and Paul Streeter.
“I just felt proud when I won the trophy,” said Jordan, who was also handed the Mike Lee Salver as the best under 21 performer.
The Yellowbelly championships were held at Lincoln Golf Club, Torksey. Jordan began the day shooting 69 on the par 71 course, which saw him trail England A squad member James Burnett by a shot.
But as the weather conditions worsened, Wrisdale - who refused to let illness get the better of him - carded 70 in the afternoon as his Sleaford-based rival could only return with a score of 75.
“The weather conditions never really affect me,” added Wrisdale who recorded 11 birdies.
“I just try to go out there and play my best game.
“I like the Torksey course, I carded 65 there earlier this year.”
Wrisdale’s success now sees him qualify for the English Golf Union’s Champion of Champions event at Woodhall Spa in September, where he will go head to head with the nation’s other amateur county champions.
Fellow Boston golfer Billy Spooner shot rounds of 74 and 77 to finish sixth. As, they had the best combined club scores at the championships, the pair ensured Boston Golf Club also qualified for the National Club Championships.
It’s been a successful year for Wrisdale, who has seen his handicap go from 2 to +1. But Boston club pro Nick Hiom always had faith in his young protege.
“I said to him at the start of the year that I thought this could be a big one for him if he worked hard,” Hiom said. “Last week I told him that he had nobody to fear in this competition, and I’m glad he went out and proved it.”
Jordan - whose dad Adrian caddied for him on Sunday - is currently studying for his GCSEs but hopes for a future in the professional game after leaving the Giles Academy.
He is now looking forward to the McGregor Trophy in Durham, which is the national under 16s championship.
Leaderboard: 1 Jordan Wrisdale R1 69, R2 70, total 139; 2 James Burnett (Sleaford) 68, 75, 143; 3 Tom Bean (Lincoln) 72, 73, 145, 4 Shaun Marshall (Carholme) 76, 73, 143, 5 Stephen Dines (Lincoln) 72, 77, 149, 6= Billy Spooner 74, 77, 151, James Crampton (Spalding) 73, 78, 151, 7 Darren Gould (Woodhall) 72, 79, 151. Other Boston scores - Aaron Ashberry 78, 80, 158, Sam Dawson 78, 83, 161.
While Jordan was performing heroics at Torksey, back at Boston it was Men’s Open Day, a 30-hole stableford event that attracts visitors from around the county and beyond.
With 18 holes played in the morning and 12 in the afternoon, early success does not always guarantee winning.
But for Boston’s Amin Annous, a decision not to play the afternoon round after having looked at the weather forecast the previous day, cost him the honours in one of the season’s premier events.
Amin stormed to 41 points and victory in the morning, but then retreated to the warmth of home.
Overall winner was Boston’s Paul O’Connor with 64 points.
In the morning Paul was five points adrift but in the afternoon, a magnificent 28 points off 12 holes saw him home by three, ahead of visitor Peter Tankard (Sheffield) who pipped Tony Frost on a countback on 61 points
The afternoon round winner was Miguel Skinner with 25 points.
Leaderboard: Morning Round – 1 Amin Annous (15) 41pts, 2 Tony Frost (9) 40, 3 Graham Tillman (16) 39, 4 Mike Long (14) 38, 5 Peter Tankard (9) 37, 6 Paul O’Connor (16) 36 c/b, 7 Mick Pond (12) 36 c/b, 8 Andrew Malkinson (9) 36 c/b, 9 Sam Vince (4) 36, 10 Phil Sydenham (16) 35; Overall - 1 Paul O’Connor 64, 2 Peter Tankard 61 c/b, 3 Tony Frost 61, 4 Phil Sydenham 60; Best gross - Sam Vince 50; Best Rabbit - Brian Smith 51.