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Bishop's Stortford Golf Club member Jon Hopkins wins Prince of Wales Amateur Challenge Tournament at Woburn Golf Club


By Michael Vaughton


Jon Hopkins overcame a shaky start to achieve something the likes of Justin Rose and Lee Westwood were unable to do as he won the Prince of Wales Amateur Challenge Tournament.

After an outstanding freshman year at the Mississippi Gulf Coast College in America, the Bishop's Stortford Golf Club member returned to these shores to triumph by seven shots on the Duke's Course at Woburn.

Jon Hopkins (11852834)
Jon Hopkins (11852834)

Having been a regular contender for first place in tournaments during his first year at college in the USA, notching three wins and two second places, it was no surprise Hopkins claimed further silverware.

But he had to get over dropping five shots on the opening four holes in the prestigious event, recovering well to be two under par for the remaining 14 holes of the first round.

Hopkins' score of 75 put him in third position and there was no slip-up in the second round as he recorded a 69 - five under competition scratch score - to take the glory.

The tournament has been held annually since 1978, with 2013 US Open winner and 2016 Olympic champion Rose and three-time European Tour golfer of the year Westwood among those to have tried to claim the title.

Meanwhile, the Dunmow Road club will be represented in the National Schools' Championship for a fourth consecutive year after George Durkan and Oliver Brunt secured their places.

Having been in the top six boys in the county, the pair fought hard to come inside the top 10 in the South East Region Schools' Championship and advance to the national stage later this month.

George Durkan, left, and Oliver Brunt (11852831)
George Durkan, left, and Oliver Brunt (11852831)

Making progress looked difficult after the opening round as they both carded a 76.

However, Durkan's 71 and Brunt's 73 in the second round moved them up to sixth and 10th respectively, and they can now look forward to a trip to Sherwood Forest Golf Club in Nottinghamshire.



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