Hole-in-one helps Penge to third trophy

Marco Penge takes victory in the Henry Cooper Junior Masters champion
Marco Penge takes victory in the Henry Cooper Junior Masters champion

Horsham golfer Marco Penge hit a hole-in-one to be crowned Henry Cooper Junior Masters champion at the weekend.

The 17-year-old took the win after a dominant performance across three days of competition at the Nizels Golf and Country Club, near Sevenoaks in Kent.

Competing against a field of 128 players from around the world, the Golf At Goodwood ambassador finished on an imposing 14-under par to claim the coveted title by a staggering seven points from Bathgate Golf Club’s Joseph Bryce in second.

Recognised as one of the most prestigious under-18 championships in the world for boys and girls, the tournament is set up to replicate a European Tour event with tee boards, hospitality marquee, giant scoreboards and caddies.

On route to his victory, he scored a hole-in-one on the 16th par three to finish on 66. Moving into the final round on Sunday, Penge shot seven birdies to finish with a fine five-under par 67 to go on a claim his first trophy of the season.

The weekend’s victory tops of an impressive week for Penge, who was also named Sports Aid Athlete of the month for June following his stellar victory at the Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship which was widely seen as the biggest win of his career.

Stuart Gillett, Golf At Goodwood general manager, said: “Once again Marco delivered a brilliant performance in what was a highly competitive field of international players at the Nizels Golf & Country Club.

“After a difficult event in Scotland at the Amateur Championship, Marco showed great character to bounce back and win the event by a staggering seven shots. We are delighted to have a young talent such as Marco represent Golf At Goodwood.”

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