Turner signs off with English Boys triumph
KENWICK Park golf talent Ashton Turner hailed his first 'big' title scoop after being crowned a national champion.
The Alford-raised 16-year-old brought the curtain down on a successful season in style by winning the English Boys County Champion of Champions Tournament at the National Golf Centre, Woodhall Spa.
He closed with a round of 68 on the Hotchkin Course to finish on 139, seven under par.
And that gave the Lincolnshire lad, coached by Kenwick Park professional Paul Spence, a one-stroke winning margin over his international team-mate Nick Marsh, from Yorkshire.
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Turner was tied with Marsh on six under with three holes to play. He parred the 16th and 17th and came to the last knowing that a par five would be good enough for him to win on countback.
But he covered the 540-yard 18th in style, firing a rescue club to the right fringe and then chipping to four feet before holing out for a birdie.
"I'm really pleased," said Turner. "I was aware of the situation and knew what Nick had finished with.
"I was a little nervous with the second shot on the last but I played solidly and putted better than I did in the morning round when I putted poorly.
"It's nice to be a national champion. This is the first 'big one' I've won and it's nice to get my name on the trophy."
Turner's victory comes amid a successful end-of-season run of form. He scored five points from six in the Boys' Home Internationals, represented Great Britain and Ireland in the Jacques Leglise Trophy, and finished fifth in the North of England Under-16 Championship.
Turner fought off the threat of Marsh, who went into the competition on the back of success in Canada and in the Boys' County Championship, with Yorkshire.
David Langley, of Castle Royle Golf & Country Club in Reading, broke the course record en route to finishing third. His final-round 64 equalled the mark set by David Horsey in the Men's County Champions event several years ago.