MORPETH golfer Garrick Porteous continued his successful summer in Britain with excellent performances at international level.
At the European Amateur Championships in Sweden he finished ninth – a much improved placing from last year.
He shot rounds of 68, 72, 70 and 75 and had the invaluable experience of playing in the last group on the final day.
From Sweden, he had to fly immediately out to Ireland where he had been selected to represent England in the Men’s Home internationals. The tournament was held at County Sligo Golf Club on the west coast of Ireland.
The Bamburgh Castle Golf Club member played all six matches and was undefeated.
In the foursomes he was partnered with David Coupland. It proved to be a dynamic partnership where on the first day, against Ireland, the match was all square.
Garrick and David then went onto beat Scotland, 4&3 and finally Wales, 2up.
In the singles, Garrick played an experienced Irish international – Kevin Phelan. Tremendous golf was played by both men and at one point Garrick was three down.
On the 14th, Garrick fought back to all square. He then went on to win the 15th, 16th and 17th resulting in a 3&1 victory.
The following day, he played Scott Gibson from Scotland. Here, Garrick was six under after 12 holes. It was all over at the 12th with a 7&6 win for the Morpeth man. This was the biggest margin of victory of the Home Internationals.
On the final day, Garrick played the former Welsh Amateur champion, Alistair Jones. In driving rain and gale force winds the match finished all square.
It was a terrific debut from Garrick, where he was the highest points scorer in the England team along with two other players – David Coupland and Andrew Sullivan.
The England team was victorious, winning the Raymond Trophy for the third consecutive year. Garrick has now returned to the University of Tennessee for the final year of his golf scholarship.