In brutal conditions at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club, Englishman Garrick Porteous overcame Finland’s Toni Hakula 6&5 in the 36-hole final of the 2013 British Amateur Championship to earn himself a spot in the 2013 British Open field next month in Muirfield.
Both Porteous and Hakula were met with 45km/h winds and rain on Saturday morning as Porteous built a 3-up lead at lunch following the opening 18 holes with both players failing to break 80.
Hakula looked to fight back early in the second round of 18 holes winning the second hole but Porteous soon rocketed to a 5-up lead with wins on the 3rd, 5th and 9th before sealing the deal with wins on 12 & 13.
“It feels unbelievable,” Porteous told GolfWeek.com. “I can’t quite get to grips with it right now. It might take a couple of days but it’s a massive achievement. To follow some of the names on that trophy is unbelievable. You look up to those people when you’re growing up, and to be alongside them is a really nice achievement.”
The victory also means that Porteous is eligible to play in the 2014 US Masters & US Open.