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Casey ends long wait with Carris victory
23rd July 2011

 

Harry Casey (Photo Tom Ward & EGU)

Harry Casey bridged a three year gap when he won the English Boys Under 18 Stroke Play Championship for the Carris Trophy, supported by Titleist, in a slight drizzle at Broadstone (picture © Tom Ward).

A closing round of 69 for 274, six under par, left him a shot ahead of playing partner Matthew Fitzpatrick, who shot 72, and three clear of Italy's Corrado De Stefani.

Casey's victory was one of relief. It was back in 2008 that he achieved his last significant success in the Douglas Johns Trophy and he'd come close to other victories, not least in last year's Carris Trophy when he finished runner-up to Callum Shinkwin.

"This win means a lot," said Casey. "I've come close to winning a lot in the last two years and it has finally happened. It feels good and hopefully I can now go on to bigger things."

Casey began the day two strokes behind third round leader Fitzgerald and when the Yorkshire lad birdied the first he was even further behind. But when Fitzgerald hooked his drive into a ditch on the fourth and ran up a triple bogey seven, Casey, who had birdied the third, found himself a shot in front. 

He was still one ahead after going out in 35 while a birdie-two at the 11th doubled that and when Fitzgerald dropped another shot at the 13th, the Middlesex lad's lead was three. It seemed all over until Casey hit trouble with three putts at 15 while a poor drive at 16 meant another bogey. Suddenly the lead was back to one.

They both parred the 17th and hit the 18th green in regulation. Casey then took two putts leaving Fitzgerald needing to hole from around 15 feet to force a playoff. But his effort rolled past and Casey was home and dry.

"I struggled over the last four holes but managed to hold it together to the end," Casey admitted. "I didn't go out with any plan, just to play each shot at a time. But those late bogeys put me under pressure.  I didn't know the situation playing the last hole but again I just played each shot as it came. But to finally get over the line feels real good."

Fitzgerald, two years Casey's junior, was not despondent. "I played well again and hit 15 greens," he said. "I putted O.K. but if I had holed a few more it might have been different. But the fourth cost me. After my drive finished in the ditch, I dropped out and then hit a tree. From then on it was an uphill battle. I knew I had to sink my putt on the 18th to tie but I'm pleased the way I played especially as I've had a lot of exams recently."

De Stefani couldn't find the form that had seen him storm ahead over the opening two rounds but a closing 72 gave him third spot on 277, while Shinkwin made a valiant effort in defence of the title with 71 for 279 and equal fourth place.

The best rounds of the day, three 66s, were returned by Harrison Greenbury for 282, James Simpson for 283 and Liam Taylor for 289.

The Hazards Salver for the lowest score by a GB&I player aged under 16 went to Jack Singh-Brar from Hampshire with a closing 71 for 282, while the Malcolm Reid Salver for the best aggregate over the Carris and McEvoy Trophies was won by Nathan Kimsey with 551.

For more information, results, photos and interviews go to the English Golf Union website englishgolfunion.org .
-ENDS-

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EDITORS NOTES
The English Golf Union Limited (EGU) has served as the governing body of male amateur golf in England since it was founded in 1924.
Responsible for the training of England's top amateur golfers the EGU organises all the major English amateur championships.
Based at the National Golf Centre in Woodhall Spa, the EGU is one of the largest sports governing bodies in England looking after the interests of over 1,900 golf clubs and 670,000 club members. The EGU also works to increase the continued interest and participation in golf through their golf development initiative 'Get into Golf'.

For a comprehensive list of English Golf Clubs and Golf Courses in England visit EGU GolfCentral .

The EGU is a founding member of The England Golf Partnership (EGP) along with the English Women's Golf Association (EWGA) and the PGA and is supported by the Golf Foundation and Sport England. The Whole Sport Plan for golf identifies how the EGP will achieve its vision of becoming 'The Leading Golf Nation in the World by 2020' from grass roots right through to elite level.

 










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