Lytham Trophy all about Alfie

Plant - runaway winner
Plant - runaway winner

Alfie Plant defied the tough, testing weather conditions to emerge the runaway winner of the Lytham Trophy, prevailing by seven shots.

Over the three days of the strokeplay competition, the players had to battle against the elements, and Plant came out on top with a score of 284.

Plant, of Sundridge Park, set the tone early with a 67 in round one, followed by scores of 73, 74 and 70, for a total of four over par.

Plant’s nearest challengers were Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park) Jamie Savage (Cawdor) and French golfer Ugo Coussaud, who were all locked together in joint-second place with totals of 11 over par.

The fact that the leading players did not come close to breaking par underlined just how exacting Royal Lytham could be over the four rounds.

It was the opening 67 that proved crucial for Plant.

The merit of that score is underlined by the fact that it was a full 10 strokes better than the first round average score.

Despite that fine opening round, Plant began the final round trailing fellow England international Moore by two shots. The turning point came at the par-five, 11th hole in the final round.

Plant birdied the hole while Moore took a double bogey after blocking his tee shot into thick undergrowth to the right of the fairway.

More bogeys followed at the next four holes to give Plant breathing space in the closing stages.

Moore’s fall from contention was complete when he carded a bogey at 17 and double-bogeyed the final hole.

There were 63 scores of 80 or worse over the four rounds.

Royal Lytham’s Henry Tomlinson, Samuel Turner and Callan Barrow all missed the halfway cut,

Germany won the Nations Cup junior competition at Fairhaven Golf Club, an event that attracted youngsters from all over Europe.

The trio of Nick Bacham, David Rauch and Marc Hamer, all German Golf Federation players, took possession of the Fairhaven Trophy.

Bacham had two trophies to take back to his home-land in excess baggage as he was also crowned individual champion.

He posted winning scores of 74, 71, 72 and 78.

The girls’ title went to Lily Humphreys, of Hintlesham Golf Club.

Such was the high standard of play she produced that Humphries finished as 11th overall with scores of 77, 85, 73 and 74.