Hat-trick of honours for Lindrick golfers

Lindrick's  Bailey Gill, who  won the Welsh Open Youths Championship  at Whitchurch.
Lindrick's Bailey Gill, who won the Welsh Open Youths Championship at Whitchurch.
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Lindrick’s Bailey Gill won the Welsh Open Youths’ Championship, at Whitchurch.

Nineteen-year-old Bailey led from the start after opening with a seven-birdie 68 and added 69 69 73 to win by three shots with clubmate Nathan Fell (69 69 73 74) also in the top ten.

Coach Luke Allen with Matt Freeman, right

Coach Luke Allen with Matt Freeman, right

Bailey, who triumphed in a 120-strong field that included players from 10 different countries, was quick to give praise to his father for his support.

“My dad has given me the opportunity to play golf full-time, which is something I will be forever grateful for,” said Bailey, who earlier this season was placed sixth in the Duncan Putter at Southerndown.

“This has allowed me to practice or play basically every day, which is something you need to do if you want to make a career out of golf.”

He also thanked Lindrick professional John King, who has been coaching him for the last four years, physiotherapist Paul Farquarson and the Lindrick club.

“The facilities at Lindrick are fantastic and have no doubt played a massive role over my improvement over the last few years and I also owe a big thank you to all the members at Lindrick for their continued support”.

Fellow member Luke Jackson (22) moved into the top three places of the Europro Tour Order of Merit with a second place in the tour event at Frilford Heath.

Only a birdie on the last by the eventual winner denied Luke the first prize of an event screened by Sky TV

Fifteen - year old Matt Freeman completed a treble for Lindrick’s young generation by winning the English U16 Boys Championship at Hawkstone Park.

Matt gave a very impressive performance over the 54 hole event and was the only player in the field to beat par.