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Greenberry Wins Boys Amateur Championship

Stars of the future turn out at Burnham & Barrow course

Posted Aug 17, 2011 by Chris White

Harrison Greenberry with the Boys Amateur Championship trophy

17-year old Harrison Greenberry held on to win the 85th Boys Amateur Championship at Burnham & Barrow, becoming the first winner from Devon since Mark Grieve on the same course back in 1982.

The Exeter-born golfer held off a late fight back from Patrick Kelly to win the title on the first play off hole after a brilliant battle spanning all 37 holes.

With winds gusting upwards of 25mph, conditions became very difficult for both Greenberry and Kelly, with the Lincolnshire man particularly struggling on the greens early on. By the afternoon, Greenberry started two shots up, but Kelly fought back to level the match almost immediately, with a brilliant par 4 on the 421-yard second.

However, having got back to all square, Kelly then lost the next three holes, before he fought back again, including an eagle on the 558-yard par 5 fifth, where he kept his second shot under the wind to finish five feet from the pin.

Greenberry went back to two-up on the 14th, but Kelly again battled back to all square to force the play off. But Kelly missed the green on the first extra hole and then failed to get up and down as Greenberry took the honours.

He now joins a list of elite former winners of the Boys Amateur Championship, which includes the likes of Sergio Garcia of Spain, David Howell and Michael Bonallack.

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