Golf: Fulford’s Charlie Thornton wins Berkhamsted Trophy after play-off

Charlie Thornton played his way to victory in the Berkhamsted Trophy. Picture by Ian Hall
Charlie Thornton played his way to victory in the Berkhamsted Trophy. Picture by Ian Hall

The Berkhamsted Trophy climaxed in a sudden-death play-off between two golfers from Yorkshire.

Charlie Thornton, from Fulford Golf Club, triumphed as the sun was starting to set on Saturday (April 8) after a sudden-death play-off with Ben Hutchinson, from fellow Yorkshire club Howley Hall.

Charlie Thornton drives during the Trophy tournament. Picture by Ian Hall

Charlie Thornton drives during the Trophy tournament. Picture by Ian Hall

Both players had finished with a 72-hole total of 277, seven under par.

The Trophy - held in conjunction with Clere Golf - was played over three days from April 6 -8 and was a WAGR (World Amateur Golf Ranking) event this year for the first time.

The tournament attracted an international field of elite amateur golfers to Hertfordshire, who were all trying to emulate previous winners including Sandy Lyle, Luke Donald and Andy Sullivan.

John Kemp from Woburn (-3), Jack Gaunt from Drayton Park (-3) and Callum Farr of Priors Hall (-2) completed the top five players this year.

Charlie prepares for a putt. Picture by Ian Hall

Charlie prepares for a putt. Picture by Ian Hall

The best-placed Berkhamsted golfer this year was Paul Coburn, with a level-par total of 284, which put him seventh place.

The Berkhamsted Trophy is unique in elite amateur golf circles in that it is run entirely by the Club and its members, who turned out in their droves to help with the organisation and support the competitors.

The field this year included 14-year-old Berkhamsted member Ben Pierleoni, who travelled to North Wales to compete for England U16s immediately after the event.

Berkhamsted Golf Club’s other competitors were Luke Colgate, Andrew Kay, Matt Culley and Jack Bircham.

Paul Coburn was the highest ranked Berkhamsted based competitor. Picture by Ian Hall

Paul Coburn was the highest ranked Berkhamsted based competitor. Picture by Ian Hall

Luke Colgate, of Berkhamsted, takes a tee-shot on the 17th hole. Picture by Ian Hall

Luke Colgate, of Berkhamsted, takes a tee-shot on the 17th hole. Picture by Ian Hall

14-year-old Ben Pierleoni lines up a shot. Picture by Ian Hall

14-year-old Ben Pierleoni lines up a shot. Picture by Ian Hall