|Carmen Griffith and Justin Rose|
The Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship witnessed a record-breaking climax here on Friday (15th November) as Ben Schmidt and Mimi Rhodes wrote new marks into this event’s 34-year history.
While Schmidt’s 15-shot triumph looked barely in question from the first day of this 54-hole tournament, Rhodes’ glory was in dispute until the 16th green, as she stood level with her playing partners, Wales’s Darcey Harry and Scotland’s Carmen Griffiths (Aboyne)
But then, the Somerset 17-year-old sealed the debate in emphatic and, indeed, unprecedented fashion. No girl had ever finished off birdie-birdie-eagle to lift this salver before. That final trio proved to be the colossus of Rhodes. A two on the 16th, a two on the 17th and a three on the 18th… suddenly Rhodes was celebrating a four-shot triumph over Harry with Carmen Griffiths another three shots back in third.
The tears fell as Mimi was hugged by her younger sister Patience, who put in a notable display herself on this Quinta do Lago North Course by finishing fifth.
Scot Evanna Hynd from Lundin Golf Club finished in 6th position
223 M Rhodes (Burnham & Berrow) 75, 77, 71
227 D Harry (Vale Resort) 80, 73, 74
230 C Griffiths (Aboyne) 75, 77, 78
231 R Belsham (Whitley Bay) 81, 77, 73
235 P Rhodes (Burnham & Berrow) 84, 70, 81
236 E Hynd (Lundin Golf Club) 76,79,81
206 B Schmidt (Rotherham) 68, 69, 69
221 A Marshall (Lisburn) 76, 72, 73 and M Hopkins (Bishop Stortford) 75, 72, 74
222 C Adams (Royal Burgess) 73, 73, 76
223 C Passmore (Torquay) 72, 74, 77
Comment on twitter by Carmen Griffiths
Amazing week playing in the @JustinRose99 @TelegraphJunior final in Portugal 🇵🇹 🙌🏼 Disappointing last few holes but delighted with a 3rd Place Finish. 🏆🥉 Thank you to all the sponsors and everyone for the support and encouragement 😁⛳#amazingweek #thisgirlgolfs