18th April 2019
Tom MCKIBBIN (IRE) won the 39th Peter McEvoy Trophy after birdieing the second sudden death play-off hole.
A beautifully judged chip over the front right bunker on Copt Heath’s first hole rolled straight into the cup. The Ulsterman had driven into the right hand fairway bunkers off the tee and could only get the ball up to the green side area. Meanwhile his opponents, Aaron MARSHALL (IRE) and Melan DHAUBHADEL (ENG), had both hit the fairway and found the green in regulation on the 440 yard par 4. Unsurprisingly neither could recover from the body blow of a chip in at such a crucial time.
All three had pared the 18th, the first sudden death hole, missing makable birdie putts in the process.
Tom becomes the third Irish winner following in the recent footsteps of Gavin Moynihan (2012) and Mark Power (2016). I would certainly class it as the biggest win of his career to date.
Peter McEvoy with Tom McKibbin (Photo: GolfBible)
Aaron MARSHALL (IRE) and Melan DHAUBHADEL (ENG) started the day with a 6 shot lead over the chasing pack and would be paired together over the final 36 holes.
With the pins tucked away more on Day 2 the generally low scoring from yesterday was never likely to be repeated.
Aaron shot a 71 (Ev) in the morning Round 3 while Melan could only manage a 74 (+3).
Tom MCKIBBIN (IRE) 68, Jack BIGHAM (ENG) 68, Josh FALLOWS (ENG) 68, Luke O’NEIL (IRE) 69 and Max HOPKINS (ENG) 69 recorded the best morning rounds. McKibbin’s score moved him up to -5, 5 shots behind Marshall and 2 behind Dhaubhadel.
Marshall gave up his lead primarily on the front nine in the afternoon. Bogeys on 1 and 5 were compounded by a poor drive on the 9th followed by a three putt which led to a double bogey. The door was clearly ajar for the chasing pack on the back nine.
McKibbin was also 2-over after 7 holes of his final round. However an aggressive tee shot on the short 8 led to a birdie, another followed on the 10th before birdies on 15 and 17 saw him home in 69. At the time it felt as if his 277 (-7) total would prove to be one or two shy of the potential winning total.
However, the two leaders, now settled into their final round, couldn’t move back out in fornt. Marshall played the final nine holes in even par but a bogey on the dog leg 16th brought him back to -7. Dhaubhadel, a new name to me, made some early mistakes in his final round but played the back nine in -1 and fought to the very end.
When the cards were added up McKibbin, Marshall and Dhaubhadel had all finished on 277 (-7) and a sudden death play-off was required to determine our winner.
As you can see from the Top 20 Results below Luke O’NEILL 68 and Max HOPKINS 67 also continued their strong play into the afternoon to secure high finishes.
Results (Photo: Copt Heath G.C.)
Matthew Freeman, Max Hopkins, Tom McKibbin, Peter McEvoy, Luke O’Neill, Aaron Marshall and Melan Dhabhadel At The Prize Giving Ceremony (Photo: GolfBible)
Well done to Copt Heath G.C. too on another successful tournament. It was good to see some reasonable crowds following the players. The relatively modest 6,541 yard course once again proved to be a good test and delivered another impressive champion.
Melan Dhaubhadel Just Misses His Birdie Putt On The 72nd Hole (Photo: GolfBible)
Click here to view the – 2019 McEvoy Trophy Results
Click here to view the – McEvoy Trophy Rounds 3 & 4 Tee Times
Melan DHAUBHADEL (ENG) 68 64 and Aaron MARSHALL (IRE) 65 67 share the Day 1 lead at Copt Heath G.C. on 132 (-10).
This is a new record for the competition where previously the best opening 36 holes total was 133 (-9) recorded by Jake Amos (ENG) in 2005.
Both players took advantage of favourable conditions. Preferred Lies had generously been allowed and with sunny intervals and a modest breeze the order of the day low numbers were certainly available.
Melan’s best of the day 64 (-7) in Round 2 included 8 birdies.
Meanwhile Aaron’s 65 in Round 1 was unblemished with an eagle and four birdies recorded. Whilst he shot a 67 in the afternoon he may remember it better as it included a hole-in-one on the 3rd.
Harry LORD (ENG) is 3rd after two rounds of 69 (-4) with Max KENNEDY (IRE) 4th after a 71 and 68 (-3).
The Top 40 and Ties cut fell at 149 (+7) with 43 players set for the final 36 holes tomorrow.
The record low score for the overall 72 holes is 272 (-12).
15th April 2019
The 39th Peter McEvoy Trophy will be contested on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th April at Copt Heath Golf Club in Solihull, England.
The McEvoy Trophy is a 72 hole scratch stroke play medal competition played over two consecutive days by boys aged under 18 (on 1st January 2019).
The Peter McEvoy Trophy (Photo: GolfBible)
The format, limited daylight and the greater risk of poor weather in April means the field is restricted to 72 players.
All competitors play the first 36 holes on Day 1, playing in groups of three. The leading 40 players (and ties) then return for the final 36-holes on the following day, which is played in two-balls. A two tee start is used on both days.
In the event of a tie the result will be decided by a ‘sudden death’ play-off, utilising holes 18, 1 and 9.
The Winner receives a small replica salver and a voucher for £250. A total prize fund of around £1,000 is shared out amongst those players finishing in the Top 8 places (and ties).
2019 Entrants & Draw
This year the handicap entry ballot fell at +0.3 highlighting the quality of the field.
Click here to view the McEvoy Trophy Day 1 Start Sheet
Three members of the nine man GB&I Jacques Léglise trophy team that beat Europe last August in Finland have entered and headline the field; these are Archie DAVIES (WAL), Max HOPKINS (ENG) and Tom MCKIBBIN (IRE).
Joseph BYRNE, Max KENNEDY, Odhrán MAGUIRE, Aaron MARSHALL, Tom MCKIBBIN and Luke O’NEILL will all be travelling to the West Midlands as part of a strong looking Golf Union of Ireland squad. Kennedy (14th in 2018), Maguire (19th), Marshall (3rd) and O’Neill (42nd) are all returning after playing last year so should be better for the experience. However, it is perhaps McKibbin, the Holywood protege, that represents their best chance of finding a successor to the two previous Irish winners Gavin Moynihan (2012) and Mark Power (2016).
Matt FREEMAN, Josh HILL and Max HOPKINS are the three English boy internationals competing. Freeman has recorded top 10 finishes in the Henry Cooper Junior Masters and Carris Trophy over the last two years and will be hoping to improve on his 17th place in 2018. Hopkins, winner of the 2017 Telegraph Vitality Junior Golf Championship when he was just 14, continues to show huge promise. Finally Dubai-based Hill, now 15 and with the lowest handicap in the field (-4.8), is considered to be one of the most promising GB&I youngster’s. Having played on the MENA Pro Tour throughout the winter he should arrive well prepared and could well breakthrough in 2019.
2018 Welsh Golfer of the Year Archie DAVIES, who performed well for the full Welsh men’s team at last week’s European Nations Championship in Sotogrande, Spain must also start as one of the favourites. His win at the 2018 Irish U18 Boys Open Amateur Championship clearly demonstrates he has what it takes to compete a this level.
Shergo AL KURDI, born in England but representing Jordan, is an interesting entry. Like Josh Hill he has been playing in the Middle East during the winter and showed that he maybe ready to step up by co-winning the Duncan Putter at Southerndown G.C. last weekend. Charlie Strickland is the only player to complete the Putter / McEvoy double in April 2017.
Corhampton’s Jamie MARKWICK and Lindrick’s Callum MACFIE may also be worth keeping an eye on. Like Aaron Marshall they have some Copt Heath form to fall back on, finishing 10th and 13th last year respectively.
Unfortunately this year’s dates clash with the French International Boys’ U18 Amateur Championship which starts on 18th April and is being played two weeks later than last year. Enrique Dimayuga, Habebul Islam, George Leigh, Ben Pierleoni and Ben Schmidt are all playing at Les Aisses G.C.
Scottish Golf have disappointingly given the event a miss this year. The Scottish Boys’ Open Championship was played at West Kilbride last week (10-12 April) and they have the Battle Trophy and a Boys U16 Quadrangular match scheduled for the Easter bank holiday weekend (20-22 April) making it hard for them to accommodate it. Perhaps Cameron GALLAGHER or Andrew THORNTON, who have entered individually, can become the first Scottish winner.
Finally there are very few entries from the Midlands. Perhaps the closest is Jack SEVERN from Cleobury Mortimer who will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow club member Emily Price who won the English Girls’ U15 Open Amateur Championship at Copt Heath in July 2014.
After last year’s heavy rain I am pleased to report that the weather forecast (as at Monday 15th April) looks very promising for both competition days.
Wednesday 17th April – Light Cloud / Wind 7 mph E / Temp. Min. 8°C, Max. 16°C.
Thursday 18th April – Sunny Intervals / Wind 12 mph E / Temp. Min. 7°C, Max. 19°C.
Harrison ARNOLD won the 2018 Peter McEvoy Trophy at Copt Heath G.C. Reduced to 36 holes for the first time in its history due to heavy rain the Castle Royle player recorded rounds of 72 and 67 for a 139 (-3) total.
Harrison Arnold with the Peter McEvoy Trophy (Photo: GolfBible)
Josh TURNOCK (Prestbury G.C.) and Aaron MARSHALL (Lisburn G.C.) came 2nd and 3rd respectively on -2 with count back rules separating them. Overnight leader Marshall bogeyed two of his last three holes to reverse out of the title.
The Peter McEvoy Trophy – 2018 Final Results
Here is the Golfing World video of the 2018 Peter McEvoy Trophy including an interview with Harrison.
Copt Heath Golf Club
Copt Heath Golf Club is the permanent home of The Peter McEvoy Trophy.
Copt Heath, despite its name, is essentially a parkland course. The current course was designed and built in 1913 by Harry Colt, the famous architect, and is predominantly flat but well protected with around 95 deep bunkers.
Copt Heath Golf Club – 18th hole (Photo: GolfBible)
The course measures 6,541 yards and has a par of 71, made up of 2 par 5’s, 13 par 4’s and 3 par 3’s. The front nine is shorter at 3,216 yards (par 35) but is tighter. The more expansive back nine is played over 3,325 yards (par 36).
Golfing World did a profile piece on Copt Heath in 2016, featuring interviews with honorary members Peter McEvoy and Claire Dowling, which you may like to watch: –
Legendary British Amateur golfer Peter McEvoy OBE has been a member of Copt Heath for 54 years. If you would like to learn more about his career then click this link for my profile – Peter McEvoy.
Following Peter’s Amateur Championship victories in 1977 and 1978 Copt Heath made him an honorary life member. He was also invited to suggest a way in which the Club could commemorate his achievements. He chose a 72 hole boys competition to be held annually at Copt Heath.
Peter McEvoy – 1977 Amateur Champion at Ganton GC
Starting in 1981, The Peter McEvoy Trophy was originally held during August. In 1985, at the request of the English Golf Union, it was moved to April, where it has stayed ever since. This request was prompted by a wish for an early season national competition to assist the home nations with the selection of their teams ahead of the Boys Home Internationals and European Championships held later in the year.
As Peter McEvoy’s playing achievements and influence grew, culminating with him becoming a Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I) men’s selector and Walker Cup captain, so has the prestige of the competition. Of course having a stellar past winner’s list also adds to the gravitas. The McEvoy remains one of the leading British junior golf events to this day.
The Peter McEvoy Trophy has an enviable list of former winners, reflecting both the quality of the annual entry but also the fair challenge presented by the course for players of this age.
A number of the players in the full list of past winners below have gone on to play in the Walker Cup and many more have enjoyed successful professional careers: –
1981 Rob Sallis (Wollaton Park)
1982 Jeremy Robinson (Woodhall Spa)
1983 Peter Baker (Lilleshall)
1984 Wayne Henry (Redbourn)
1985 A Morley (Belton Park)
1986 Cameron Mitchell (Copt Heath)
1987 Wayne Henry (Porters Park)
1988 Peter Sefton (Camberley Heath)
1989 David Bathgate (Sandiway)
1990 Paul Sherman (Ashford)
1991 Lee Westwood (Worksop)
Lee Westwood with the McEvoy Trophy in 1991 (Photo: Copt Heath GC)
1992 Brian Davis (East Herts)
1993 Steve Webster (Atherstone)
1994 Jamie Harris (Nevill)
1995 Carl Duke (Porters Park)
1996 Mark Pilkington (Nefyn & District)
1997 Philip Rowe (West Cornwall) – now Assistant Coach for UNLV Men’s Golf.
1998 Justin Rose (North Hants)
Justin Rose with the McEvoy Trophy (Photo: Copt Heath GC)
In 2013 Justin Rose became the first McEvoy Trophy winner to win a Major Championship, when he won the U.S. Open at Merion GC. He of course went on to also win Gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
1999 David Porter (Stoneham)
2000 Zane Scotland (Woodcote Park)
2001 Ben Harvey (Dudsbury)
2002 Matthew Richardson (Pinner Hill)
2003 Tommy Hunter (Ilford)
2004 John Parry (Harrogate)
2005 Tom Sherreard (The Ridge)
2006 Luke Goddard (Hendon)
Luke Goddard (Photo: Tom Ward)
2007 Matt Haines (Rochester & Cobham Park)
2008 Stiggy Hodgson (Sunningdale)
Stiggy Hodgson (Photo: Tom Ward)
2009 Max Smith (Newbury Racecourse)
Max Smith (Photo: Tom Ward)
2010 Rhys Pugh (Vale of Glamorgan)
Rhys Pugh (Photo: Tom Ward)
2011 Nathan Kimsey (Woodhall Spa)
Nathan Kimsey (Photo: Tom Ward)
2012 Gavin Moynihan (The Island)
Gavin Moynihan (Photo: GolfBible)
2013 Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park)
Bradley Moore (Photo: GolfBible)
2014 Haydn McCullen (Delamere Forest)
Haydn McCullen (Photo: GolfBible)
2015 Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood)
Marco Penge (Photo: GolfBible)
2016 Mark Power (Kilkenny)
Mark Power (Photo: GolfBible)
2017 Charlie Strickland (Ham Manor)
Charlie Strickland with Peter McEvoy (Photo: GolfBible)
2018 Harrison Arnold (Castle Royle)
Peter McEvoy with Harrison Arnold (Photo: GolfBible)
Peter McEvoy Trophy Records
2 Wayne Henry (1984 Redbourn / 1987 Porters Bar)
Wayne Henry pictured with Seve Ballesteros at the 1984 Open at St. Andrews
Wayne Henry 15 years [exact birthday not known] (1984)
Bradley Moore 15 years, 7 months and 15 days (2013)
Mark Power 15 years, 10 months and 6 days (2015)
Lowest 72-hole winning score
272 (-12) – John Parry 2004 (68, 68, 68, 68)
272 (-12) – Nathan Kimsey 2011 (69, 67, 69, 67)
272 (-12) – Marco Penge 2015 (65, 71, 70, 66)
Highest 72-hole winning score
300 – Jamie Harris 1994 (73, 75, 75, 77)
Lowest Day 1 opening 36 holes score
132 – Melan Dhaubhadel 68 64 (-10)
132 – Aaron Marshall 65 67 (-10)
133 – Jake Amos 68 65 (-9)
Lowest 18 hole score
61 – Dermot McElroy 2011 (Course Record)
Best McEvoy Trophy Record
Bradley Moore – 4th (283 -1, 2012), 1st (287 +3, 2013), 2nd (281 -3, 2014), 2nd (280 -4, 2015).
Notable Former Competitors
In addition to the winners listed above many other notable amateur and now professional golfers have competed over the years.
These include (in alphabetical order): – David Boote, Jamie Bower, James Byrne, Stuart Cage, Paul Casey, Ashley Chesters, Lee Corfield, Mark Crossfield (@4golfonline), Paul Cutler, Jack Davidson, Joe Dean, Nick Dougherty, Luke Donald, Bradley Dredge, Scott Drummond, Paul Dunne, Simon Dyson, Greg Eason, Jamie Elson, Harry Ellis, Oliver Farr, Kenneth Ferrie, Oliver Fisher, Tommy Fleetwood, Mark Foster, Ewen Ferguson, Grant Forrest, Scott Gregory, Tyrrell Hatton, David Horsey, David Howell, Jack Hume, Simon Hurd, Andrew Johnston, Simon Khan, Nathan Kimsey, Tom Lewis, David Lynn, Nick Marsh, Jack McDonald, Dermot McElroy, Ross McGowan, Robert MacIntyre, John Morgan, James Morrison, Jimmy Mullen, Bradley Neil, Max Orrin, John Parry, Jim Payne, Eddie Pepperell, Van Phillips, Alfie Plant, Garrick Porteous, Iain Pyman, Robert Rock, Jamie Savage, Chris Selfridge, Jack Senior, Callum Shinkwin, Jack Singh Brar, Lee Slattery, Jordan Smith, Michael Stewart, Andy Sullivan, Graeme Storm, Connor Syme, Ben Taylor, Jonathan Thomson, Ashton Turner, Sam Walker, Anthony Wall, Danny Willett, Oliver Wilson, Tom Whitehouse and Chris Wood.
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