Fynn Valley Golf Club’s Kane Mayes is hedaing to Gleneagles

Professional Chris Smith of Fynn Valley GC (R) and amateur partner Kane Mayes pose after posting the

Professional Chris Smith of Fynn Valley GC (R) and amateur partner Kane Mayes pose after posting the winning score during The Lombard Trophy Regional Qualifier at King's Lynn Golf Club - Credit: Getty Images

Suffolk teenager Kane Mayes booked a trip to Gleneagles after stepping in as a replacement for Fynn Valley Golf Club in the Lombard Trophy qualifier at King’s Lynn.

Mayes, partnered by PGA professional Chris Smith, won in a tense finish by just one shot.

They recorded a nine-under-par round of 63 to pip Midlanders Cameron Clark and Lee Clarke from Sutton Coldfield’s Moor Hall Golf Club. Behind them, four teams tied for third place with seven-under-par rounds of 65.

The Suffolk pair will now play in the £43,600 grand final which will be held at Gleneagles in Scotland, the venue for next year’s Ryder Cup, on September 3 and 4.

Eighteen-year-old Mayes, from Ipswich, admitted that he only took part because the player who qualified from the club competition could not make the event.


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Mayes said: “I came second in the qualifier at Fynn Valley, and stepped in when the original winner couldn’t be here.

“It’s going to be fantastic. To beat a big field like this and be going to Gleneagles is really special.”

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Mayes, who plays off four, birdied the first hole but admitted that the pressure was on as they knew what was needed if they were to win at the Norfolk venue.

He added: “We could see teams finishing on seven-under, and we were five-under at the time.

“But we birdied the 10th, 11th and 13th to get to eight-under pretty rapidly and another birdie at the 17th proved to be the crucial one.”

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