Bergqvist wins 2014 Boys Amateur Championship

Sweden’s Oskar Bergqvist won the 2014 Boys Amateur Championship after a closely contested Final with Ireland’s Rowan Lester at Prestwick. Bergqvist edged out Lester with a one hole victory in Sunday’s 36-hole final. Strong winds buffeted the Ayrshire links for the duration of the Final creating testing conditions for both competitors.

The turning point in the match came on the par-four 35th hole when Bergqvist played three excellent shots for birdie and Lester laid up to avoid the cavernous Sahara bunker on Prestwick’s famous 17th hole before missing his putt to save par. With Bergqvist one ahead Lester was unable to find the birdie he needed on the last hole to keep the match alive and the Swede closed out the match as the 2014 champion.

Bergqvist also finished tied for ninth place in last week’s European Amateur Championship at the Duke’s Course near St Andrews. He stated, “I felt this was my game today. I putted pretty badly but the whole time I felt that I was going to win and in the end I did so I’m very happy.”

The 2015 Boys Amateur Championship will be played from 11-16 August at Royal Birkdale and Southport & Ainsdale. For the full scoring details from the final visit Championships.Randa.Org.