Lewis misses out in final hole drama

PUBLISHED: 11:09 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:07 26 October 2009

Herts boys' champion Glen Portelli

Herts boys' champion Glen Portelli

WGC golfer Tom Lewis came agonisingly close to winning the 2008 Hertfordshire Boys Championship, as he missed out by one shot. Welwyn teenager Lewis started well at the Championship, which was held at Mill Green Golf Club last Thursday. The host club lai

Reid Trophy winner Callum Shinkwin with HGU president Terry Trude and Mill Green Golf Club captain Gywn Ellis

WGC golfer Tom Lewis came agonisingly close to winning the 2008 Hertfordshire Boys' Championship, as he missed out by one shot.

Welwyn teenager Lewis started well at the Championship, which was held at Mill Green Golf Club last Thursday.

The host club laid on an outstanding welcome for the event and provided a tough, but fair course in excellent condition.

During the morning round teenager Lewis, the lowest handicapped player in the field, put on a great display and shot a three under par round of 69.

Close behind him was the 2007 champion Glen Portelli, of Brickendon Grange, who scored 70.

In the afternoon, there were two fine rounds of 68 from Portelli and Porters Park's Callum Shinkwin and these set the tone for the exciting finish.

Portelli played in the penultimate group and, having finished with a good round of 68, had to endure a nail-biting few minutes as the WGC starlet played the last hole behind him.

At Batchworth Park a year ago, boys' order of merit winner Portelli tied with West Herts' Tom Speyer and won the play-off with a par at the first extra hole.

And as Lewis came to the 188 yards par 3 18th another play-off seemed likely as he needed a birdie to win and a par to tie.

His tee shot left him 20ft short of the hole and as he putted up short, Lewis failed to hole from 4ft for bogey, leaving him runner-up.

Lewis finished one shot behind Portelli, whose 138 total meant he retained his title.

Harpenden Common's Sam Claridge finished third on a total of 143.

Shinkwin took the Under-16 crown to win the Reid Trophy for the year.

He shot rounds of 77 and 68 for a 145 total which was six shots better than the 2007 winning score.

Letchworth's Daniel Ellis-Banbury provided the greatest challenge to Shinkwin by finishing with a creditable 146 total, one shot behind.

The team trophy in the event was taken by Harpenden Common and their team of Sam Claridge, Tom Brown and Marcus Fox, who had a best two total of 291.

The first HGU championship event of the season proved a great success with all the golfers demonstrating a high level of skill and professionalism in what is a credit to the county golf circuit.


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