Casey nails ten-shot triumph for Trainees’ title

Casey nails ten-shot triumph for Trainees’ title


Harry Casey (The Shire, London) equalled the course record on his way to a landslide victory in the Trainees’ Championship at Bishop’s Stortford.

Casey, 28, fired a dazzling nine-under-par 62 in the opening round to set up his success. And he followed up with a solid 70 to close-out at 10-under-par – ten shots clear of runner-up John Bradford (Crondon Park).

Casey, soon to become a second-year PGA trainee, said: “I’m very pleased to win. That’s my first win over two rounds, so I’m very happy with that.

“The morning was an exceptional round. They don’t come that often! The wedge play and putting was great.

“I had a bogey at my second – the 11th. From there I strung a nice few birdies together – nine in the last 16. I was very happy with that.

“And the afternoon was just very solid. I just played more sensible golf. No matter how big your lead, you never quite know, so I just kept concentrating and playing steady golf to see it through.

“It was good to play here because I’m coming back (in three weeks) for the final Order of Merit event. I’m sitting tied-third on the Order of Merit, so I hope I can have a good outing in that and finish in the top-three.”

Casey had once shot ten-under in a competitive round as a junior but nine-under was his lowest 18-hole score as a professional.

It meant he led by seven strokes at the half-way stage from his playing partner Bradford, who held on to claim outright second place.

Scott Cullen signed for rounds of 72 and 71 to take third place and Max Wescott was fourth after shooting 74 and 71.

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