Romain Langasque leads the qualifiers at the end of the stroke play stages of the 86th Boys’ Championship
Romain Langasque completed a memorable French double when he led the qualifiers at the end of the stroke play stages of the 86th Boys’ Championship at Notts (Hollinwell) and Coxmoor.
Langasque, a 17 year-old French international from Ormesson, succeeded compatriot and fellow international, Kenny Subregis, who achieved the same feat 12 months ago at Burnham & Berrow and Enmore Park.
Langasque opened this year’s Championship with a four-under-par 68 at Notts and then on a weather-affected second day, during which torrential rain caused a two hour suspension in play, he added a two-under-par 70 at Coxmoor.
That gave the Frenchman a six-under-par 36-hole aggregate of 138 and a four shot advantage over English international, Max Orrin, from North Foreland. Orrin defied the worst of the weather with a second round 73 to finish a single shot ahead of recent Carris Trophy winner, Patrick Kelly, the runner-up to Harrison Greenberry in last year’s Championship in Devon.
Kelly, from the Boston West club in Lincolnshire, recorded rounds of 72 and 71 for a one- under-par aggregate of 143, one shot better that fellow Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick, from Hallamshire, Hayden McCullen, Delamere and Nick Marsh from Huddersfield. Marsh’s second successive level par 72, at Cooxmoor, was only just completed before darkness fell.
Another Englishman, Ryan Cornfield, from Enville, shared seventh place with a second Frenchman, Thomas Perrot, and Italian duo, Michele Cea and Gianmaria Rean Trinchero.
Heavy rain after lunch on the second day caused a suspension which lasted just over two hours. All 42 matches were completed at Notts but at Coxmoor two players, Ashton Turner, from Kenwick Park, and Daniel Brown, Bedale, were stranded on the course and had to return at 7.00 am this morning (Thursday) to complete their final hole. Turner made the cut with rounds of 77 and 73 but Brown missed by one after recorded a second round 77 for a 36-hole aggregate of 152.
A total of 69 players from 13 different countries made the cut and will now contest the match play stage which begins this morning and will conclude with the 36-hole final on Sunday.
Among those who missed out on a place in the match play was 2011 champion, Greenberry, who has booked an early flight to America to start a golf scholarship at the University of Kentucky.
Greenberry, from Exeter, defeated the aforementioned Kelly on the 37th hole of an exciting final at Burnham & Berrow 12 months ago but this time carded a 78 at Notts and a 76 at Coxmoor to miss the qualifying mark by three shots on 12-over-par 154.
Greenberry was by no means the only prominent player to depart Robin Hood country before the start of the match play stage. Others who missed the cut included 2012 Scottish Boys’ Match Play champion Craig Howie (78-78), Bobby Keeble (76-80), the runner-up in the recent Carris Trophy, Swede Victor Tarnstrom who won the individual prize in this year’s European Team Championship in Stockholm (74-84), 2012 German Boys’ champion Dominic Foos (78-79) and 2012 Scottish Youths’ champion Ewan Scott (73-85).