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Lagonda Trophy success for Olton Golf Club's Liam Phipps



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Liam Phipps on his way to Lagonda Trophy success at Gog Magog Golf Club. Picture: Keith Heppell. (11045110)
Liam Phipps on his way to Lagonda Trophy success at Gog Magog Golf Club. Picture: Keith Heppell. (11045110)

Liam Phipps was like a prowling tiger to pounce for a four-shot victory in the prestigious Lagonda Trophy at Gog Magog Golf Club.

The 23-year-old Olton Golf Club member delivered a superb second day on the Old Course to claim a title that has been won by Ryder Cup and former world No 1s Lee Westwood and Luke Donald in the past.

Patience was the key for Phipps as he made his move in the third round of the amateur competition.

Rounds of 70 and 69 had given Phipps an overnight score of 139, five shots off the pace set by Warren Bates.

The Heacham Manor player had carded a brilliant 63 in the first round, and a 71 in the second to set the pace.

West Hove’s George Goddard sat in second and a clutch of three players were tied in third.

Phipps was tied for ninth, but a steady approach reaped its rewards.

“The course was fantastic, I just struggled a little bit on the greens on the first day,” said the Solihull-based player.

“I just struggled to read them, I kept hitting half-decent putts that weren’t dropping.

“I just stayed patient. I kept hitting half-decent shots and then holed a few shots on the second day to get going, gained a bit of momentum and then carried on from there.

“I was a little bit back, but was then leader going into round four which I didn’t know about until after the end of the third round. I just went under the radar, carried on what I was doing and hoped it was enough when I got in.

“It was nice to go out there stress-free, try to control what I could control and if it was good enough then great – and hope the lads behind me didn’t catch me.”

Having carded 66 in the third round, there was a wobble at the start of the final round before normal service was resumed – with the title effectively wrapped up in style.

“I eagled 14 in the afternoon which confirmed it for me really after a couple of blips on four and seven, two very simple bogeys,” he said.

“I steadied the ship and got it back to play nicely in from there.”

A round of 67 led to an eight-under-par total of 272, four clear of The Hertfordshire’s Danny Daniels and Castle Royle’s Harrsion Arnold, and a memorable title.

“It’s probably the biggest win, there is no other way around it,” said Phipps.

“It’s nice to come into the clubhouse and see the boards and pictures – I’m joining a good group.”

Overnight leader Bates finished tied fourth with Walton Heath’s Harvey Byers with three-under-par 277.

Of the Cambridgeshire players in the field, Gog Magog’s Dave Quinney and Nicholas Smits both made the cut.

Quinney finished tied 26th with 287 and Smits was tied 35th with 293.

Gog Magog’s Tom Rogers (150) and Ely City’s Luke Ryan (154) both missed the cut.



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