Holland's Huizing wins prestigious Lytham Trophy
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Add Daan Huizing’s name to the list of winners of the prestigious Lytham Trophy.
Huizing becomes the first player from The Netherlands to carry off one of the most storied trophies in British amateur golf.
The Dutchman did it in style, too. He won by 11 shots over Germany’s Moritz Lampert.
Rounds of 67-67-71-68 around the par-70 Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club course gave Huizing a 7-under 273. It is the second-best winning total behind James Heath’s 18-under 266 in 2004.
Huizing, from Soest, Holland, was the only player to return three rounds under par. In fact, with scores averaging 75 each round over this year’s Open Championship course, Huizing’s total was even more impressive.
Huizing is seventh on the World Amateur Golf Ranking, but is sure to move up when the rankings are updated this week.
He might be the first Dutch player to win the Lytham Trophy, but the win comes as no surprise. Huizing won six times last year. He had victories in the Dutch Stroke Play Championship, the German International Amateur, Brabants Open Amateur in his homeland, the Turkish Amateur, the Tailhade Cup in Argentina and the Argentine Amateur Championship. He began this season by reaching the semifinals of the Spanish International Amateur Championship.
Huizing adds his name to a list of past winners that includes Michael Bonallack, Charlie Green, Peter McEvoy, Paul Broadhurst, Gary Evans, Stephen Gallagher and Lloyd Saltman.
All eyes will be on the Dutchman when he turns up at Royal Troon in June for the British Amateur Championship.
Ireland’s Alan Dunbar was the only member of last year’s victorious Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team to play in this year’s championship. He tied for 22nd.
Becky Harries made up for missing out on Curtis Cup selection by winning the Welsh Ladies Stroke Play Championship at Ashburnham Golf Club.
The 23-year-old Welsh amateur shared fifth place heading into the third and final round, but returned a closing 5-under 69 to finish on 2-under 220. She defeated compatriot Chloe Williams by two shots.
Harries, who is third reserve for this year’s Curtis Cup, was the only player in the field to shoot a score under 70 in one of the three rounds.
Welsh amateur Amy Boulden was the best of the GB&I Curtis Cup players in the field. She finished fourth at 3 over. England’s Kelly Tidy finished fifth.