Garrick Does Well At Carris

The North East region was well served at the English Boys Stroke Play Championship with no less than five of our best young lads taking part.

The North East region was well served at the English Boys Stroke Play Championship with no less than five of our best young lads taking part.

And Northumberland's Garrick Porteous, a member at Bamburgh Castle and also The Northumberland in Newcastle, did brilliantly to finish in third place in the event that is known best as the Carris Trophy.

The event was played at Saunton Golf Club in Devon and Garrick was joined by Nicky Maddison (City of Newcastle), Kris Gray (Slaley Hall), Adam Best (Cleveland) and Danny Shevill (Prudhoe).

Nicky and Kris didn't make the cut but the other three did, Adam finishing in 8th spot and Danny in 13th.

With a top-class field of 138 players, including many internationals, it was a wonderful performance from our teenagers.

The Carris was won by Matt Haines from Kent, who claimed his second major junior title in three months - after scooping the McEvoy in April - in wet and windy conditions.

He finished on 288, four over par, which left him two strokes ahead of Bristol's Chris Lloyd and four clear of Garrick.

A double-bogey five at the short 17th cost Porteous a share of second place - and there was more disappointment for the youngster when he missed out on international honours in early August.

Garrick went down with tonsillitis on the eve of the Boys Home Internationals Championship at Machnynys Peninsula in Wales and spent a night in hospital.

England went on to regain the title by completing a clean sweep of the other three nations in a stunning three days of competition - with Best in their ranks.

The England team won 34 of their 45 matches in the round-robin series to lift the R&A Trophy, while Ireland were runners-up, having beaten Scotland and hosts Wales.

It was England's ninth success in the past ten years and having lost the title to Scotland a year ago it was perhaps fitting that they should beat the Scots on the final day to regain it.

Best did brilliantly, dropping just a half in his six outings, to be England's top performer overall.

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The Graeme Storm Column

I've just been celebrating my first wedding anniversary and having a couple of weeks' holiday - and what an incredible year it's been to look back on! It's been the best year of my life and culminated in my debut European Tour title, the French Open, in July.

There's been a lot to reflect on and, it goes without saying really, I'm really pleased with the way things have gone for me both on and off the golf course.

I'd been playing pretty well in the lead up to the French Open and I'd had the feeling for a few months that something good might be about to happen if my game would all come together at one tournament.

It certainly did that in France, through the final round, which has to rank as the best of my life and was the biggest single factor for me in winning the event.

It was an incredible round, which I think is illustrated by the fact that I came from five shots back overnight to win.

It's really pleasing to have been able to produce that kind of form on the final day of a tournament. I've often had good rounds at other stages over the four days of an event but to do it on the last day can be really telling - and that proved the case.

The win also earned me a starting place in The Open at Carnoustie and then the USPGA, which I led after the first round.

It was an amazing experience to be at the top of the leaderboard in the company of Tiger Woods and the other top players but I got a bit nervous about my early tee time on the second day and ended up not getting much sleep.

Playing in a major is a great experience that will stand me in good stead as I look to continue to try and improve.

The task for me now is to try and maintain the form I've shown in recent months and try to push on now. I know my card is safe for a couple of years now, so I can fully concentrate on trying to win again.

I'm certainly pleased with my support team. My wife, Sara, is just simply wonderful, my caddie Dominic Bott and coach Ian Rae are excellent. I have had fantastic support from my management company Champions (UK) plc who helped secure my entry into the US PGA. My sponsors, 2BM Ltd and have also been brilliant as well as all my clothing and equipment partners.

Let's hope we can achieve more success in the next 12 months.


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