Hague goes close

Yorkshireman David Hague lit up the last round of the prestigious Avondale Amateur in Australia with a blistering finish which netted him the runners-up spot.

England international Hague posted a closing 67 with five birdies on his back nine, including one on the last where his approach finished 2ft from the hole. It gave him a five under-par total for the tournament, shot him up the leaderboard and made him clubhouse leader.

His title hopes were eventually dashed by Australia’s Blake Windred, who got up and down for par from a bunker on the 18th to win by a shot.

Hague, from Malton and Norton in Yorkshire, is on a tour of Australia with three fellow members of the England Squad – Matthew Jordan (Royal Liverpool), Gian-Marco Petrozzi (Trentham) and Jake Burnage (Saunton).

Hague, 21, has been in fine form throughout the tour, reaching the quarter finals of the Australian Amateur – where he was beaten only by the eventual champion.

Last year he won the North of England Amateur and the Lagonda Trophy, and represented England in the Home Internationals.

Meanwhile England, with Yorkshire’s Bailey Gill and Nick Poppleton in the side, bounced back from disappointment to beat Finland 6.5-2.5 and secure the bronze medal position at the first Costa Ballena Octagonal Match in Spain.