Horsham golfing sensation Marco Penge made history over the weekend by becoming the first player to win back-to-back Fairhaven Trophies.
The highly talented 15-year-old, a member of Golf at Goodwood, was in commanding form recording rounds of 69, 70, 70 with a final round of 72 to win the prestigious event by an impressive seven-shot margin from Hexham’s Matty Lamb.
Marco won the title last year in a four-hole play-off but this year hit brilliant form to lead all the way and improve by seven shots on his 2013 four round winning total.
Marco said after his victory: “I struck the ball really well all four rounds and avoided any costly errors.
“I didn’t worry about anyone else but just concentrated on my own game and score.
“Last year going into the last round I was six shots behind the leader so going into the final 18 holes this year I knew that a seven shot lead was not a guaranteed win.”
Last year Marco was the youngest player to have ever won the tournament, considered one of the four ‘Junior Majors’ and this year he equalled the best aggregate score of the tournament’s history
This week he heads to Ireland for the Irish Amateur Open Championship at Royal Dublin Golf Club from May 8 to 11.
This 72-hole event has a history stretching back more than 120 years and past winners include three time major winner Padraig Harrington and former Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen.