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Bishop's Stortford Golf Club teenager Max Hopkins stars as England retain the R&A Boys' Home Internationals title



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Max Hopkins was the only unbeaten England player as he helped his country retain the R&A Boys' Home Internationals title.

The 16-year-old Bishop's Stortford Golf Club starlet played an impressive role in the 8-7 win over Ireland in a tense final contest at Ashburnham in Wales.

England beat the hosts 11½-3½ and Scotland 9½-5½ ahead of the showdown with the Irish, and Hopkins finished with 5½ points out of a possible six at the end of the series.

Max Hopkins, front row far left, with his team-mates after England won the 2019 R&A Boys' Home Internationals title (14999616)
Max Hopkins, front row far left, with his team-mates after England won the 2019 R&A Boys' Home Internationals title (14999616)

In the final, Ireland held a 3½-1½ lead after the morning foursomes, but England battled back to take the singles 6½-3½ as Hopkins, Joe Pagdin, Robin Williams, Enrique Dimayuga, Habebul Islam and Callum Macfie all secured victories.

Fresh from that achievement, Hopkins was due to start his Boys' Amateur Championship campaign at Saunton in Devon on August 13.

More than 250 boys from 33 countries will be challenging for the title, with former winners including Sergio Garcia and José María Olazábal.

Down in Yeovil, George Durkan continued his good form and rise up the England under-16 rankings by coming sixth in the South of England Junior Open with rounds of 75, 77, 69 and 72.

Stortford's Ian and Jackie Foster finished second in the inaugural Herts County Mixed Scratch Foursomes.

The BSGC pair were runners-up behind Anna Collis and Jack Macgregor at Brookmans Park.

Back at the Dunmow Road club, Andy Davenport has moved to the top of the aggregate table in the Summer Order of Merit.

In the latest round, Nick Moore took the honours with 40 points having been inspired to slow his rhythm down after watching the Ladies' Open at Woburn.

Tim Palmer and Tom Weymouth shared second spot on 39.

The previous day there was what is thought to be a record entry of 52 players and the scoring was amazing.

Steve King returned to form with a superb 44 points and second-placed Joe Walker was only one point adrift. Dave Ogden and Mark Taffs tied for third with 42.

Davenport leads the way but only by a point ahead of Michael Scott, with the best eight rounds of the summer counting.

Meanwhile, lady captain Elaine Cozens did a fine job organising and running the Coronation Cup regional qualifier.

There were 176 players involved, including sports broadcaster Claire Balding, and the tournament ran exceedingly smoothly.

Haverhill pair Sharon Matheus and Kirsty Iron won the event with 42 points in the foursomes stableford format.



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