Hot-shot Josh swoops to win Berkhamsted Trophy

Josh Hilleard received the Berkhamsted Trophy from club captain Bob James and John Chester from tournament sponsor Mercedes-Benz. Picture (c) Ian Hall
Josh Hilleard received the Berkhamsted Trophy from club captain Bob James and John Chester from tournament sponsor Mercedes-Benz. Picture (c) Ian Hall

The Berkhamsted Trophy – held in conjunction with Mercedes-Benz – was won by Josh Hilleard from Farrington Park Golf Club with a 72-hole total of 280, 4-under-par.

The tournament was extended this year to from 36 holes (one day) to 72 holes (over three days) in a bid to gain world ranking status for the event, which boasts illustrious past winners such as Sandy Lyle and Luke Donald.

Berkhamsted Golf Club's Jack Bircham in action during the Berkhamsted Trophy. Picture (c) Ian Hall

Berkhamsted Golf Club's Jack Bircham in action during the Berkhamsted Trophy. Picture (c) Ian Hall

The best-placed Berkhamsted golfer this year was Paul Coburn, who posted a four-round score of 294.

The Berkhamsted Trophy is somewhat 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 120 competitors.

The event was promoted on Twitter. Check out @BerkhamstedGolf and/or search #BerkhamstedTrophy for more information.

Josh Hilleard was crowned Berkhamsted Trophy champion. Picture (c) Ian Hall

Josh Hilleard was crowned Berkhamsted Trophy champion. Picture (c) Ian Hall

Berkhamsted Golf Club's Luke Colgate in action during the Berkhamsted Trophy. Picture (c) Ian Hall

Berkhamsted Golf Club's Luke Colgate in action during the Berkhamsted Trophy. Picture (c) Ian Hall

Berkhamsted Golf Club's Matt Culley in action during the Berkhamsted Trophy. Picture (c) Ian Hall

Berkhamsted Golf Club's Matt Culley in action during the Berkhamsted Trophy. Picture (c) Ian Hall

Berkhamsted Golf Club's Paul Coburn in action during the Berkhamsted Trophy. Picture (c) Ian Hall

Berkhamsted Golf Club's Paul Coburn in action during the Berkhamsted Trophy. Picture (c) Ian Hall