Marcus Kinhult keeps rolling with Lytham Trophy win
(Photo by Andrew Pennington)
(Photo by Andrew Pennington)

LYTHAM SAINT ANNES, England — Marcus Kinhult made it back-to-back wins on Sunday, capturing the Lytham Trophy at Royal Lytham & St. Annes by eight shots. Just a week earlier, Kinhult was in the United States becoming the first international winner at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley.

Last week's win, Kinhult said, might have been the biggest of his career. The native of Sweden might have to revise that statement after conquering a stellar amateur field at Royal Lytham.

After opening with 68 to share a four-way lead with Cormac Sharvin, John Axelsen, and Oliver Roberts, Kinhult battled difficult playing conditions to break par for the second straight day with a 69 to hold a five-stroke lead entering Sunday, where the field would play 36 holes.

The conditions, which reigning British Amateur champion Bradley Neil called "brutal," consisted of 15-25 mile per hour winds, persistent rain, and temperatures that struggled to crawl above 50 degrees. With improved weather on Sunday, Kinhult posted 71-72 to extend his final lead to eight strokes.

Kinhult, who decided last summer to skip attending college, will likely turn professional in the 2016 calendar year.

Sharvin, one of those four first-round leaders, tied for second place with Richard James of Wales and Robin Roussel of France. James climbed into the shared runner-up position with a final-round 68 after shooting 76 in the morning round.

The aforementioned Neil, who received an invitation to the 2015 Masters due to his 2014 British Amateur victory, placed ninth at Royal Lytham.

Results: Lytham Trophy - CANCELLED
1SwedenMarcus KinhultSweden120068-69-71-72=280
T2WalesRichard JamesWales90073-71-76-68=288
T2FranceRobin RousselFrance90074-71-73-70=288
T2Northern IrelandCormac SharvinNorthern Ireland90068-74-75-71=288
5AustriaLukas LipoldAustria70069-77-73-71=290

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**Cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

In the early 1960s some of the senior Members of the Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club felt that there was a gap in the amateur golfing calendar and the need for a major 72 hole scratch competition. Help was given by the English Golf Union to launch the event and to select entrants. The Scottish, Irish, Welsh and County Unions and various eminent players were approached for their support. All gave it willingly and so was born the Lytham Trophy.

It is held each year over the Bank Holiday Weekend at the beginning of May. It is now played solely at Royal Lytham with one round being played on the Friday and Saturday and the final two rounds, for those that have made the cut, on the Sunday.

Every winner takes away a replica for the handsome "Sputnick" trophy which was donated by Members subscriptions. All have been international golfers of the highest quality and many have gone on to be successful Professionals.

The entry is now of the highest calibre from all parts of the UK and Eire and in recent years from all over Europe.

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