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English Open Am: Raymond retains Brabazon Trophy

England Golf
published 01 Jul 2012

see also: English Open Amateur/Brabazon Trophy

Neil Raymond
TADWORTH, Surrey, England (July 1, 2012) -- Neil Raymond achieved his goal when he successfully defended the Brabazon Trophy in the wind and rain at Walton Heath. A closing round of 72 left him two strokes clear of playing partner Kevin Phelan from Ireland, also with 72, and three ahead of the fast-finishing Jamie Rutherford.

The 26 year old from Hampshire made history by becoming the first player in over 20 years to win two Brabazons in-a-row and the first for over 50 years to hold the trophy on his own in successive years (image © Tom Ward).

“I’m delighted,” he said modestly, “I didn’t play as well today as in previous rounds but I got the job done. I had a few touchy moments but I made a couple of good saves when I needed.”

The save that counted most came on the 190-yard seventh when he fired a six iron over the green into the trees.

“I had nowhere to drop so I had to move 80 yards away on to a path with a blind shot over the trees and the ball almost went in,” he added. “It lipped out so I only dropped one shot.”

He was out in 37 but birdied the 12th and 13th to get back into red figures and also birdied the long 16th. He made a great sand save at the 206-yard 17th and could even afford to drop a shot at the last and still win comfortably.

Raymond also revealed that he received a pre-round boost from Andrew Sullivan, the man he beat by a stroke at Burnham & Berrow last year.

“Andy sent me a twitter so I called him last night and he said I could win again. He said he threw everything at me last year and it didn’t work, that I knew how to win and that I had done it before.

“It was an unbelievable chat and it was nice to hear this from a European Tour player.”

Phelan, who started the day two behind Raymond, needed a fast start but it eluded him as he double-bogeyed the par-four fourth to match Raymond’s front nine 37, while a couple of back nine birdies still couldn’t make up the difference.

“I had a lot of chances but I couldn’t get any momentum going,” he said. “Neil played well and deserved his victory.”

It was another day when the weather was extremely mixed with sunshine, a testing wind that blew all week, and occasional showers, sometimes heavy. And with temperature dipping it was more like April than July.

But that didn’t deter Rutherford. The 20 year old from Hertfordshire signed for 68, the best round of the day and equal to the best of the week, for 290 and third place.

“I played as well as the previous days but today I holed a few more putts at the right time,” he admitted. “I got it going on the back nine but I made a bad swing on 15 and put my ball on the 16th fairway.

“But I fired a four-iron from there to eight feet and holed for birdie, then I eagled 16. It would have been better but I missed a three-foot birdie at 14.”

Jack Bartlett from Sussex was another to make up ground, a closing 70 hoisting him into fourth place on 291, while Kent’s Michael Saunders, joint ninth on 296, also signed for 70 which would have been a 68 but for a double-bogey six at the last.

The George Henriques Salver for the best performance by a player aged under 20 from Britain and Ireland went to Rutherford while Josh White from Surrey won the Scrutton Jug on 580 for the best aggregate from the Brabazon and Berkshire Trophies.

English Open Amateur/Brabazon Trophy: Top Finishers

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Place    Player Scores
1 England Neil Raymond, England 73-71-71-72--287
2 Ireland Kevin Phelan, Ireland 68-75-74-72--289
3 England Jaime Rutherford, England 75-72-75-68--290
4 England Jack Bartlett, England 73-78-70-70--291
T5 New Zealand Ben Taylor, New Zealand 74-75-72-73--294
T5 France Thomas Elissalde, France 75-72-73-74--294
T7 Wales Ben Westgate, Wales 75-74-71-75--295
T7 England Garrick Porteous, England 73-75-71-76--295
T9 England Michael Saunders, England 79-73-74-70--296
T9 England Ben Stow, England 77-71-76-72--296
T9 England Nathan Kimsey, England 74-76-73-73--296
T9 USA Greg Eason, FL 74-72-73-77--296
13 England Matt Wallace, England 74-78-71-74--297
T14 England Jordan Smith, England 76-75-75-72--298
T14 England Sean Towndrow, England 71-81-72-74--298
T14 England Toby Tree, England 73-74-76-75--298
T17 Scotland Paul Shields, Scotland 79-74-75-71--299
T17 England Craig Hinton, England 75-77-75-72--299
T17 Wales David Boote, Wales 73-75-77-74--299
T17 Spain Antonio Ferrer, Spain 74-76-75-74--299
T17 England Robert Burlison, England 80-73-71-75--299
T17 England James Burnett, England 70-81-72-76--299
T23 England Joshua White, England 74-76-75-75--300
T23 Wales Rhys Pugh, Wales 74-76-75-75--300
T23 England Harry Casey, England 77-76-71-76--300
T26 Scotland Brian Soutar, Scotland 77-73-78-73--301
T26 England Ashley Chesters, England 76-77-74-74--301
T26 Wales Ellis Cook, Wales 77-74-76-74--301
T26 England Daniel Wasteney, England 74-77-76-74--301
T26 France Clement Sordet, France 75-78-74-74--301
T26 England Greg Payne, England 73-75-78-75--301
T26 New Zealand Vaughan McCall, New Zealand 73-75-78-75--301
T26 England Tom Wilde, England 71-81-74-75--301
T26 Spain Emilio Cuartero, Spain 75-77-71-78--301
T35 Spain Pep Angeles Ros, Spain 75-77-77-73--302
T35 Norway Anders Engell, Norway 75-77-77-73--302
T35 Spain Kieron Fowler, Spain 74-77-76-75--302
T35 England Patrick Kelly, England 73-79-75-75--302
T35 Norway Mathias Schjolberg, Norway 73-76-76-77--302
T40 England Paul Lockwood, England 75-76-79-73--303
T40 Germany Franck Daux, Germany 71-79-75-78--303
T40 Germany Philipp Westermann, Germany 75-76-74-78--303

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