Jordan Smith wins Hampshire Hog

England's Jordan Smith compiled rounds of 69 and 67 to win the prestigious Hampshire Hog by one shot from Harry Ellis at North Hants Golf Club on Sunday

Hampshire Hog
Hampshire Hog

England's Jordan Smith compiled rounds of 69 and 67 to win the prestigious Hampshire Hog by one shot from Harry Ellis at North Hants Golf Club on Sunday.

The 20-year-old from Bowood Golf Club's achievement was even more impressive given he was making his debut in the amateur tournament.

He started with a solid 69 in the morning round - which included an eagle at the par-5 17th - to sit two shots behind Huddersfield's Nick Marsh, who opened with a 67. Only nine sub-par scores were recorded over the first 18 holes.

Scoring improved in the afternoon despite windier conditions, but Smith, starting on the 10th hole, could only muster a level-par front nine.

He rallied after the turn, though, and came home in 32 to take the clubhouse lead on 136 (-4).

Defending champion Callum Shinkwin, playing in the group behind, shot a course-record 65, but an opening 73 saw him finish alongside Josh White and Jack Hiluta on 138 (-2).

Highly rated Hampshire golfer Harry Ellis, 17, finished alone in second place on 137 (-3). A costly double at the par-4 14th put paid to his chances of becoming Hampshire's first winner since Justin Rose in 1995.

"It feels great to win the Hampshire Hog as this is the first big tournament that I've won this year," said Smith, who couldn't practice before the event due to injury.

"It is special to follow in the footsteps of people like Justin Rose and Sandy Lyle who have won this trophy.

"It's been a great start to the year and I'll be trying my hardest to make the Walker Cup. That would be awesome."

Shinkwin, currently ranked 12th in the World Amateur Ranking, won the Hampshire Salver, awarded to the best aggregate score from Saturday's Selbourne Salver at Blackmoor Golf Club and Sunday's Hampshire Hog.

Enfield's Harry Casey shot consecutive rounds of 66 to win the Selborne Salver. Hampshire Hog leading scores - Par 70

1) Jordan Smith - 69-67 = 136 2) Harry Ellis - 69-68 = 137 3) Callum Shinkwin - 73-65 = 138 (countback) 4) Josh White - 71-67 = 138 (countback) 5) Jack Hiluta - 69-69 = 138


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