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Nov
09

Lloyd adds another trophy

Lloyd pips team-mate Lewis to Abu Dhabi title
Boy international Chris Lloyd beat his England team-mate Tom Lewis to win the Abu Dhabi Junior Championship, presented by the Daily Telegraph, despite trailing by four strokes early in the final round.
Lloyd carded a closing 68 for an 11-under-par tally of 205, finishing a stroke ahead of Lewis, whose 73 was his worst return of the week.
Lewis, the British and English boy champion from Welwyn Garden City, had looked like completing a convincing victory after opening with a 64 before adding a 69 to lead Lloyd by four strokes going into the final round.
That still seemed the outcome as Lewis secured two early birdies, however the gap was back to four after six holes and with a two-shot swing on the eighth Lewis’ lead was cut to two as they played the ninth.
There, Lloyd birdied and he also picked up a shot on the tenth to leave the two pals level with eight to play.
When Lewis failed to match par on the 12th, Lloyd led for the first time and that remained the position to the 16th where Lloyd birdied again to increase his lead to two.
However, Lloyd dropped a shot at 17 which meant Lewis needed a birdie at the last to tie. But he could only match Lloyd’s par which left the Bristolian from The Kendleshire to take the title by the narrowest of margins.
The sheer quality of golf displayed by the two England lads over the three days was underlined by the fact that the third placed boy, Tomasz Anderson was 14 strokes further back.
It was Lloyd’s sixth win of 2009 and he said: “I like to chase a game as I’m quite an aggressive player, so today suited me fine. Over the last nine I was playing some good shots and just playing steady and straight.”
The girls’ title went to Alex Peters (Notts Ladies) with a closing 69 for 211, five under par. She won by five strokes from Lincolnshire’s Jess Wilcox and by eight from Woodhall Spa’s Holly Clyburn and Heidi Baek from Suffolk.

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