Conor Gough wins the Amateur Championship at Hankley


Buckinghamshire’s Conor Gough produced a sparkling performance to win the English Men’s Amateur Championship at Hankley Common in Surrey. The 16-year-old…

Last Updated on May 1, 2024 by Daniel

Conor Gough produced an outstanding performance to win the English Men’s Amateur Championship at Hankley Common in Surrey.

The 16-year-old golfer from Stoke Park beat 20-year-old Callum Farr from Northamptonshire County 3&2 in the finals to add to the McGregor Trophy and the British Boys’ titles he won a year ago.

Gough spent a significant part of the early piece of the period reading for his GCSEs, yet unmistakably the authorized break has had no impending impact on his golf. He started the morning round of the last by hitting a 350-yard drive down the first and afterward holing out from 12-feet for a birdie, and seven openings later he was three up after a birdie on the sixth and a falcon on the eighth.

Farr guaranteed his first gap of the day when he birdied from simply off the front of the green at the tenth, yet he would never fully reel in his adversary and he was four down heading into lunch before he won the eighteenth with a standard.

Farr began the second round unequivocally by winning the first with a birdie and the second with a standard, yet he got himself three down again subsequent to dropping shots at both the fourth and the fifth. From that point, the pair shared eight birdies between them before Gough fixed triumph with a testing four-foot downhill putt for a standard on the short sixteenth.

“It feels incredible to win,” said Gough, who was not among the 16-in number Walker Cup squad declared a month ago. “I played truly well. I adore match play, and when I overcame the stroke play qualifier I realized I had a decent possibility. I’m glad for myself. I have several major weeks coming up, so I trust I can prop things up. I have the Boys’ Home Internationals one week from now, and afterward the US Amateur Championship at Pinehurst. I’m truly anticipating that. It’s a similar configuration as this, so ideally, I can put in another great presentation.”

Britain A squad part Farr, who lost in the semi-finals finally year’s Amateur Championship, stated: “I hit the ball better this evening, however just couldn’t get the putts to drop. I’m disillusioned, yet Conor is a generally excellent player and he had the right to win since he played much superior to me.”

Gough beat Chelmsford’s Curtis Knipes 3&2 in the quarter-last and St Andrews Links Trophy champ Jake Burnage 4&3 in semis. Farr played the two his quarter-last and his semi-last without dropping a solitary shot to standard. He beat Gough’s Enrique Dimayuga 4&3 in the quarters, and afterward withstood a hounded test from Rochford Hundred’s Bradley Bawden in his semi, before beating him 2&1.

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