Morgan Blythe sets new course record en-route to Faldo Series win at Dunstanburgh

Morgan Blythe celebrated from day one of the Faldo Series England North Championship following a course record 65 with rounds of 70 and 74 to claim the overall title.

Over the three days, 62 elite juniors competed at Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course for an invite to the Faldo Series Europe Grand Final in October.

On Monday, Morgan created his own piece of history at Dunstanburgh with an opening round of 65, five under-par, breaking the course record and placing the Northumberland junior at the top of leaderboard, He remain there for the rest of the tournament with two more solid rounds securing the overall title by six shots as well as the Boys U18 category.

Morgan said, “I am glad today is over, it was a bit stressful at times, but I am happy that final putt went in, and I can enjoy myself now”, and asked about being crowned a winner on the Faldo Series he said, “It sounds pretty cool. It has got a bit of ring to it, doesn’t it!”

Meanwhile, Whickham’s Faye Wheatley claimed victory in the Girls U21s category as she capitalised on a punishing back nine for leader Ellie Farwell, to finish with a well fought win and secure a Europe Grand Final invite.

In the rest of the Boys’ categories, a more competitive title challenge saw Alexei Glass and Luke Metcalf successfully chase down a three-shot lead in the U21s and U16s categories respectively to claim their titles and secure their place alongside Morgan in the Europe Grand Final.

Speaking after the event, Matthew Faldo, director of the Faldo Series, said: “The atmosphere at Dunstanburgh has been spectacular, with brilliant support for the event and our players. A special thanks to all the volunteers who generously gave their time to put on a great event, and to Stuart Imeson and all the Dunstanburgh team whose support has been incredible and has helped to create such a memorable week for the Series.

“Hugely impressive win for Morgan and we would like to share a congratulations from all the Series team on the opening day’s performance. To beat the course record and put on such a show in those conditions was a real treat. Exciting things to come, so watch this space.  And of course, to Alexei, Luke and Faye who showed real resilience in each of their battles for the age category tiles, particularly against a proper links test coming down the back nine.”

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