Telegraph BMW Junior Championship boys' title for Harry Goddard
PUBLISHED: 17:43 08 November 2016 | UPDATED: 17:44 08 November 2016
Former Welwyn Garden City Golf Club player and current England international Harry Goddard retained his composure to stroll to his first Telegraph BMW Junior Championship boys' title at Portugal's famous Quinta do Lago resort.
The big-hitting 16-year-old recovered from a poor second round to card a final day five-under-par 67 and cruise to a nine-stroke victory in the event, which has been won in the past by the likes of European Ryder Cup stars Justin Rose and Matt Fitzpatrick.
Fellow England star Hannah Screen, from Berkhamsted, made it a day to remember for Hertfordshire as she closed out a two-shot win in the girls’ competition, and there was one final treat in store for the champions with European Ryder Cup-winning captain Paul McGinley on hand to present them with their trophies.
Goddard enjoyed a rollercoaster week in his bid for victory on Quinta do Lago’s acclaimed North Course, two years after first competing in the long-running tournament.
The rising Hertfordshire star hit a course-record 66 in the opening round, before a wayward 77 on Thursday left him with the rest of the field breathing down his neck with 18 holes to play.
But his birdie run returned in the final round as he slowly inched away from his final group rivals to fire a superb 67.
Goddard said: “It feels great to win.
“I’ve had a great season with no missed cuts, mainly against players two years older than me.
“This is right up there.”