Lower Sixth pupil Tyler has won the English U18 Championships at Woodhall Spa with a dramatic finish.
Lower Sixth pupil Tyler has won the English U18 Championships at Woodhall Spa with a dramatic finish after he birdied the final two holes and finished as the leading boy.
The England boys’ squad player thought his hopes of a triumph at the home of England Golf had gone when he bogeyed the 16th hole and slipped two shots behind leader Sam Easterbrook and level with Harry Malin. However, Tyler conjured up two brilliant closing birdies while Easterbrook could only bogey the final two holes.
The triumph was even more special for Tyler as his parents attended the competition on the final day, witnessing his heroics amid the howling wind on the Hotchkin Course.
The birdie at 17 was unlikely after a pulled tee shot found the thick rough, but the recovery defied belief, and the putt dropped from 12 feet. An up and down from the left of the green was a terrific move from Tyler under pressure – particularly as the arithmetic had become complicated by that point.
With Alexander Maxwell and Zach Little in the clubhouse at level par and Tyler concentrating on his game, he holed the five-foot birdie putt without knowing its full significance. He finished the event as the only player in red figures after rounds of 70,69, 76 and 71 for a tally of -2.
After being presented with the trophy, he commented, “I can’t really describe the feeling to win – it feels great all the hard work is paying off and all the money my parents spend taking me around the country…it makes me happy.”
Over previous weeks, Tyler has been on a fantastic run of form having achieved the following:
1st place in the Lagonda Trophy (England Men's)
2nd place in the Henry Cooper Junior Masters
1st place in the England U18 Championships
Tyler is now ranked 8th in Europe at the U18 level. From everyone at Culford, congratulations Tyler!
- Sport News