Rhys Nevin of Cheshire took a mighty step to imitate fellow Englishman Tom Thurloway as he passed a top-class field to claim a record victory in the 2021 Walton Heath Trophy over the sunny Surrey venue today.
Three years ago, Thurloway won the Walton Heath Trophy in impressive style before winning the English Amateur Championship in Formby the following week.
The 23-year-old Nevin, who grinned like an excited Cheshire cat after his tournament record of 18 under the 270 track record over the formidable Old and New Courses, will head to the ‘English’ in Moortown in Yorkshire next week. to follow in Thurloway’s footsteps.
Coincidentally, Nevin was Thurloway’s playmate in the last pair in 2018, but inexperience at the event caused him to shoot 82 in the final round. However, he enjoyed a quiet seat of the new champion’s calm demeanor as he claimed the Michael Lunt Salver and clearly did not intend to miss this time.
With four rounds in the 1960s, Nevin was able to succeed after a victory victory of Joe Sullivan of the Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club, which ended with a good round of 67.
Nevin, an All-American at the University of Tennessee before graduating in politics and sociology this year, scored his best for the latter with a 66 over the old – the best score of the final round – around his former 67 , 68 and 69. to show his competitors a clean pair of heels.
“This is a very special day,” said Nevin, of the Sandiway Club. ‘It rarely happens that everything comes together, but this week it happened and creating the score record adds to the feeling of satisfaction.
‘I’ve always loved playing here. This is one of the best amateur tournaments in the country and I love both courses. The trophy itself is impressive and there are many people who have won it before me, who have continued to achieve great things. It makes me very proud. ”
Nevin added: ‘I’m going to taste it for a few days before I go to the English amateur. What Tom did three years ago was incredible and he is an excellent player. I think it helped me today to see how he fixed the locks here in 2018, with the pressure and a lot of members on the track. I knew what to expect this time. ”
Sullivan of East Sussex claimed the runner-up thanks to a spectacular pair of eagles on the 13de and 14de in a fourth round 67. Dan Bradbury of Wakefield finished the third one hold behind Sullivan at 277 while Harvey Byers put up a strong performance for the host club through a draw for 10de, helped by a third round 66 over the New.
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