Ellesmere Port Junior Golfer Wins UK /
Photography by Mark Newcombe
NATHAN Newton, a junior golfer from Ellesmere Port, has
won the national final of the American Golf Junior Championship after an
incredibly tight contest at Gainsborough Golf Club, home to manufacturer PING.
15 year old Nathan who plays his golf at Upton by Chester, made it through to
the final following an impressive display at the regional qualifier at High Legh
Park Golf Club. At the final he lined up against qualifiers from all over the
UK and Ireland in the Gross score category where the best golfers compete with
no help from handicaps.
In tough conditions, particularly over the back 9 Nathan played some exceptional
golf, but was shadowed the whole way by Keene Honer from Roganstown Golf Club
near Dublin. Both boys thrived under the pressure and after the scorecards were
tallied, both came out with rounds of 3 over par, on what is widely recognised as
1 of the region's toughest courses. To separate the 2 leaders further analysis
of the cards was needed, before Nathan was declared winner by virtue of a better
last 9 holes.
After his superb win, Nathan commented:- "I came really close to winning
last year, so it feels great to come back and win today. I practice all the time
and everything clicked on the course here. I'd like to thank American Golf for
holding such a great event and also my mum and grandparents who came along to
support me today. I'm really happy!"
Daniel Gathercole, Director of Marketing and Communications at American Golf
said:- "The golf, sportsmanship and camaraderie on show today really has
been 1st class. Some of the best junior golfers in the UK and Ireland have
turned out to play in the Championship this year so the competition has been
intense. But never within that cauldron of competition has any player lost sight
of the fact that we're here 1st and foremost to have fun and celebrate our love
of the game of golf. PING have been superb hosts once again and from all the
juniors and from American Golf, we can't thank them enough for their
The Junior Championship, which will be shown on Sky Sports, in October 2017, is a
vital part of American Golf's drive to get more people out playing golf more
often. In its 4th year, the Championship goes from strength to strength and
with the quality of golf and personality on show through this year's qualifiers
and final, golf with American Golf has a very bright future.