Young Tiger is on right course for more world glory

Robin Tiger Williams is pictured after winning the Belgian Open.
Robin Tiger Williams is pictured after winning the Belgian Open.
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Globetrotting 13 year-old Robin Tiger Williams continues to make headlines on both sides of the Atlantic.

As a 12 year-old the Hampton Hargate School pupil won a world junior championship in America and finished runner-up in the European Junior Championships in Scotland.

Performances like that didn’t go unnoticed and earned him a place at the Bishops Gate Golf Academy (BGGA) in Florida where he’s just completed an outstanding first year of his scholarship.

He’s back home in Peterborough but there’s no time to rest for the young Milton member as he plans another world junior championship assault.

At the weekend he was airborne again, jetting off to Lasne for the Belgian International Under 14 Junior Boys Championship at the Royal Waterloo Golf Club.

And it was a tournament he won after shooting scores of 74, 70 and 71 for a four-under par total.

Williams made three birdies on the last four holes to finish three shots clear of Laurenz Sciergen from Germany.

The win sets Williams up nicely for his next two tournaments - the Optimus Junior World Championship this weekend in Florida and the US Kids World Championship at Pinehurst, California from July 23-25.

To qualify for one of those championships he had to fly back to the UK in March when he smashed his rivals to win with 70+71=141.

During his first year at BGGA, Williams won the Orange Lake Junior Open by five shots in April after carding nine birdies over the two-day tournament and he also won the Orange Lake Resort Spring Championship with 72+74=146.

He also finished second in two Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT)events and compeleted an amazing first year by finishing runner-up in the International Bridgestone Junior Golf Tour Tournament of Champions played on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course at the Grand Cypress Golf Club in Central Florida.

EAST PGA

Stuart Brown’s fine run of form on the East PGA circuit continued with a fourth-place finish in the South Herts Pro-Am at Totteridge.

The Thorpe Wood professional shot a two-under-par 70 to pocket £428. He hit four birdies, two bogeys and 12 pars and it was his fourth successive top five finish.

James Ruebotham from Welwyn Garden City Golf Club won it with a 67.

LOMBARD TROPHY

Four local pairings were today (Thursday July 16) attempting to follow in the footsteps of Europe’s Ryder Cup heroes with an appearance in the Lombard Trophy final at Gleneagles.

They are playing in the regional final of the competition at King’s Lynn and the winners will get to tread the fairways of the PGA Centenary Course, venue for the dramatic matchplay win over the United States last year, on September 1-2.

The four local pairings are:

Gedney Hill

Professional: Kerr Page (31). Amateur: Tom Smith (28).

Lakeside Lodge

Professional: Andrew Fletcher (40). Amateur: Dean Muman (47).

March

Professional: Alex Oldham (33). Amateur: Tony Barnes (44.

Nene Park

Professional: Simon Fitton (36). Amateur: Joe Brady (65).

NENE PARK

Rounds of 78 and 72 earned 30 year-old Nick Glover the Nene Park gross club championship.

The net championship went to 2008 club champion Tony Harwood (38) with net returns of 67 and 71.

GREETHAM VALLEY

Ryan Tarrant fired rounds of 70 and 72 to win Greetham’s club championship.

The youngster, who will be turning pro in September, had his handicap cut to one.

Former winner Trevor Smith finished four shots behind on 145 after a cracking second round of 66 - the best round of the weekend - to take second place.

The best net return came from Jamie Herbert with two rounds of 84-18=66.