Harry Ellis made history in the English Amateur Championship at Silloth-on-Solway Golf Club when he became the youngest winner of the championship. He was the surprise package in a weekend that determined the English, Scottish and Welsh Amateur Champions.
Ellis defeated Henry Tomlinson 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final to better the record for youngest winner, set by Sir Nick Faldo in 1975. Faldo was 18 when he won at Royal Lytham. Ellis is 16 years, 11 months and 28 days.
The amateur from Hampshire, England, took a one-hole lead into the afternoon session and extended that to two holes when Tomlinson three-putted the 19th hole.
Ellis was 3-up after 12 holes in the afternoon round and seemed poised to take the title with holes to spare. However, University of Louisville player Tomlinson struck back with birdies at the 13th and 14th holes.
The championship ended on the 17th when Tomlinson bunkered his approach shot and couldn’t get up and down.
“At 16, you don’t expect this sort of thing to happen,” Ellis said. “You see the likes of Rory McIlroy making the headlines but you don’t expect to add to the history of this event. I had no expectations at the start of the week but I think not knowing my opponents helped a lot. You just go out and play golf. I think my mental strength carried me through.”
Scotland’s Grant Forrest notched up the most dramatic win of the three amateur championships with an emphatic victory in the Scottish Amateur Championship at Royal Dornoch. The 19-year-old player defeated Richard Docherty 9 and 7 in the scheduled 36-hole final.
Forrest, who has just completed his first season at the University of San Diego, recorded the biggest win since Colin Montgomerie won the title at Nairn 25 years ago.
It was an emotional victory for Forrest. His father Graeme died three weeks ago after a long battle with cancer.
“It feels great,” Forrest said. “My mum, Audrey, was crying when I came off the green after my win so it means a lot. My dad would have been proud. It would have been his 50th birthday yesterday, and all he wanted was for me to do my best.”
Former UAB player Jason Shufflebotham successfully defended the Welsh Amateur Championship at Royal St. David’s Golf Club when he defeated Will Jones by one hole.