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Isaac takes junior title

MOORTOWN'S Isaac Smith took the 2022 Yorkshire Boys Amateur Championship with two solid rounds of 71 and 70 earning a one-shot win over clubmate Josh Stephens.

Consolation for Stephens came in lifting the Neil Hardman Trophy for under 16s, at Woodsome Hall on the last day of May.

A morning downpour almost disrupted things with greens have to be squeegeed, but a half hour break paid off as conditions improved through the day.

Leader after the morning round was Ben Brown with a -1 par 69 which qualified him for entry into the Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship. Stephens was second with a par 70 and Smith a shot further back on 71, with 8 players on 75 or better.

Three dropped shots on 8 and 9 cost Brown, but Smith and Stephens stayed resolute. Alfie Baldwin of Wilton shot an excellent 68 to finish sixth overall, while County Boys skipper Jake Wallis had rounds of 73 and 72 to post third, followed by Brown and George Hanson.

Stephens posted his 72 and it was left to Smith out on the course. He dropped a shot on 17, to be one in front, but a sensible 18th played with an with iron off the tee earned him a birdie chance. It was par, but it was good enough for the title.


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