In brutal conditions at Hoylake and with only five sub-par rounds all week, Ben Jones (England) was the worthy overall and boys winner of The 2017 Duke of York Young Champions Trophy.
With winds averaging around 30 mph on all three days, and with two delayed starts due to excessive wind, Jones played his last two rounds in one under par; a remarkable feat for any level of golf. Jones’s 8-shot margin of victory over second-placed Keita Nakajima (Japan), Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen (Denmark) and Oscar Teiffel (Sweden) is further testament to his achievement. The round of the tournament, and the only score in the 60s, was an astonishing 69 on day two by John Paterson (Scotland).
In a much more closely contested final day, the girls winner was Franziska Sliper (Norway) who was 2 shots clear of Mayka Hoogeboom (Netherlands) and Vida Obersnel (Slovenia). Maja Stark (Sweden) shot a 71 on day one to win the girls lowest round.
At the Tournament Dinner after round one, The Duke of York thanked everyone at Royal Liverpool for their warm welcome to all the players and federation representatives and also for the Club’s tireless efforts to make the course playable in such adverse conditions.
Bruce Taylor (Captain of Royal Liverpool) presented the prizes and stated that, in his many years as a member of Hoylake, he had never seen such consistently difficult conditions over a three-day period.
After three punishing but rewarding days at Hoylake, The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy will take place at Castle Stuart in September, 2018.