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BBC North East Sports Awards - Performance of the Year

Garrick Porteous collected another award in recognition of his superb 2013 season. At the BBC North East Sports Awards held at the Billingham Forum on 5th February 2014 he received the Performance of the Year Award for his outstanding win at The British Amateur Championship. Interviewed by Alistair Brownlee from Radio Tees at the awards ceremony Garrick commented that he was delighted to receive the award and be recognised for his 2013 achievement.

One of his rewards for winning the Amateur Championship is to play in the first major of the year. The Masters is held at the famous Augusta golf course in Georgia from 10-13th April 2014. In preparing for Augusta he has been selected in England’s four man team to defend the European Nations Championship at Real Club de Golf, Sotogrande, 5-8th March 2014. This will be followed by warm weather training in Morocco with the England elite squad to sharpen his game ahead of The Masters.

Top 15 Finish on European Tour & Named in Global All-Amateur Team

Garrick Porteous brought the curtain down on his 2013 season by competing in the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa. This was his first start on the European Tour and he not only made the cut but went onto finish tied 14th. The British Amateur and Scottish Amateur Champion totalled 283 (-5) after shooting rounds of 71-69-74-69. Competing as the only amateur in the 156 field, his two rounds of 69 (-3) impressed many at the Leopard Creek Country Club. This will give Garrick great confidence and showed that he will not be out of his depth when he turns professional next year.

Finally, to cap what has been a stellar year for Garrick he was named this week in the 2013 Global All-Amateur Team by the Global Golf Post. This is the first-ever Global All-Amateur Team and it recognises on-course amateur golf excellence around the world. Ten amateur golfers were chosen and Garrick is one of the team as a result of his fantastic achievements this year which included winning the British Amateur Championship, the Scottish stroke play Championship and representing GB&I in the 44th Walker Cup.

Garrick has made great strides in 2013 and is relishing the prospect of playing in the 78th Masters Tournament in April 2014 before he enters the professional ranks.

European Tour Debut

Garrick Porteous gets his first chance to test himself against the ‘big boys’ of the European Tour when he tees it up in the Alfred Dunhill Championship which is held at Leopard Creek Country Club in South Africa. The event starts on the 28th November 2013 and Garrick will be the only amateur in the field. It will be his first taste of the big time and will allow him to escape the cold winter and gain valuable experience of professional tournament golf.

Garrick’s management company, International Sport Management (www.sportism.net) are working hard to ensure he gets further invites into professional events ahead of the Masters in April 2014. This will enable him to assess and develop his game ahead of his likely move in to the professional ranks following the Masters.

He plans to combine these professional invites with further international amateur events through the winter along with a trip to Augusta in February to familiarise himself with the course. These are exciting times and there is a lot to look forward to in 2014.

Walker Cup Selection

Garrick Porteous has been rewarded for his excellent season with selection for the Walker Cup. The biennial match will be played at the National Golf Links of America, Southampton, New York on the 7th and 8th September 2013. This will be the 44th match between the amateur golfers from Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I) and their American counterparts and it is unique as it is returning to the site of the very first match in 1922.

This is a fantastic achievement for Garrick and an historic moment as very few amateur golfers get the chance to play in the Walker Cup Match. His form this season has been superb. He won the British Amateur at Royal Cinque Ports and the Scottish Strokeplay Championship at Southerness. He finished runner up in the Welsh Strokeplay at Royal Porthcawl and helped England to win both the European Nations Cup in Spain and the European Teams Championship in Denmark.

After the team was announced Garrick commented that 'the Walker Cup was my main goal for this season. It is a fantastic feeling to be part of a very strong GB&I team and I am relishing the challenge of playing against America in New York'.

Garrick is joined by six fellow Englishmen (Matt Fitzpatrick, Nathan Kimsey, Max Orrin, Neil Raymond, Callum Shinkwin and Jordan Smith) who have all had a stellar season. The final three players comprise one Welshman, Rhys Pugh and two Irishmen, Kevin Phelan and Gavin Moynihan.

American Adventure

Garrick Porteous, after competing in the Open Championship at Muirfield is leaving the links golf behind and heading to America to compete in two major amateur events. Firstly, he is playing in the 111th Western Amateur Championship which is to be held at The Alotian Club, located in Roland, Arkansas, outside Little Rock 29th July to 4th August. Then he will be heading to Brookline Massachusetts for the US Amateur 12-19th August, the scene of the 33rd Ryder Cup known famously as the 'Battle of Brookline' .

Whilst in America he will be based at The Old Palm golf club in Florida. As a member of the International Sports Management golf group he can now take advantage of their practice base in America. Hopefully, this will give him the perfect environment to practice and sharpen his golf game ahead of these two prestigious events.

The Open 2013, Muirfield

Garrick Porteous fulfilled his amateur dream by competing alongside the world's best professionals in the Open Championship at Muirfield. Whilst he didn't make the cut, he did have many positive experiences to take away from the event. Firstly, he played with two major champions, Jim Furyk and Justin Leonard, in practice which was fantastic and enlightening. Furthermore, the draw for the first two rounds saw him play with Martin Kaymer and Jason Day, whom he said 'were really great guys'.

Despite being nervous on the first tee in round one he launched a superb drive down the fairway which was loudly appreciated by the knowledgeable galleries. He also had terrific support from many Bamburgh Castle golf club members and North East golfers who came to Muirfield to cheer him on.

Garrick looked comfortable and at home on the biggest golf stage in the world and he appeared a seasoned professional and not an amateur. All these positive experiences augur well for 2014 when he plans to join the professional golf ranks.

England are European Team Champions

England are the Kings of Europe once again. They won the European Amateur Team Championship trophy by defeating the 'auld enemy', Scotland 4½ - 2½ in the final at Silkeborg Ry Golfklub in Jutland, Denmark. The England team was made up of Nathan Kimsey, Max Orrin, Garrick Porteous, Neil Raymond, Toby Tree and Callum Shinkwin, a very strong team with five players in the top 35 in the world amateur golf rankings. It was a very close final and needed extra holes in the final two singles games to see England home.

Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle) played a significant role in the team victory during the week long tournament. After a solid start in the stroke play England finished third and were safely into the top flight for the matchplay. France advanced as the top qualifiers and the knock out stages also contained Scotland and Ireland.

England faced the hosts Denmark in the quarter-final, but despite extensive home support they came through 5-2 with Garrick winning both his foursomes and singles. Garrick continued his good form with another two wins as England defeated The Netherlands in the semi-final 6-1. This set up the classic final with Scotland after they had defeated both Germany and then France.

The final could not have started better as Neil Raymond and Garrick won their foursomes with a birdie blitz on the front nine which equated to five under par. Despite a Scottish revival, Garrick and Neil won 4&2. This was closely followed by Nathan Kimsey and Max Orrin who also won 4&2.

However, the singles proved to be a nail-biting affair. Robertson gained the Scots first point with a 1 hole win over Callum Shinkwin only for Porteous to restore England's advantage with a 3&2 success over McDonald. Bradley Neil won by 2 holes over Toby Tree and then the match score was 3-2. Following this, it was left to Max Orrin to secure the necessary fourth point. Orrin bounced back from trailing to Scott Borrowman to force extra holes and then won the decisive match on the 19th.

A great result for a very strong England team and the success for England Golf continues in 2013. Garrick was also part of the successful England team that won the European Nations Cup earlier this year. It has been a great year so far for Garrick and maybe it will get even better as he heads to the Open Championship at Muirfield.

Open Road

Garrick Porteous fulfils every golfer's dream by teeing it up at the Open Championship at Muirfield this week. He earned his place by winning the British Amateur Championship at Royal Cinque Ports, Deal earlier this summer. He warmed up for Open week by helping England win the European Amateur Team Championship in Denmark.

Currently ranked 10th on the World Amateur Golf Rankings, he now embarks on the greatest golfing adventure, playing with the world's top professionals in golfs' oldest major championship. He did manage to practice at Muirfield prior to going to Denmark and really enjoyed the experience. He commented that 'the rough is up and I am going to relish the challenge'.

British Amateur Champion

Garrick Porteous achieved every amateur golfer's dream when he won the 118th British Amateur Championship at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club, Deal on Saturday 22nd June 2013. By defeating Toni Hakula from Finland 6&5 he became the first Englishman for 10 years to lift the coveted trophy. His second success in the space of a month ensured his starting place in The Open Championship at Muirfield on 15th July, in addition to invites to The Masters and US Open 2014. More invites have subsequently followed to the Scottish and Australian Opens.

The British Amateur Championship is a marathon and Garrick played 11 rounds of golf in 8 days. The strokeplay was played over Royal Cinque Ports and Prince's golf clubs, with the matchplay at the former. Garrick drew the worst of the weather on day one at Prince's and shot 77, but then bounced back on day two to shoot 69 (two under) at Royal Cinque Ports to comfortably make the matchplay stages.

The Irish Times referred to Garrick as 'the scourge of the Irish' as he took out their three qualifiers Cormac Sharvin, Paul Dunne and Aaron Kearney in rounds one, two and three. This set up a quarter final with his good friend and England team mate Neil Raymond. It proved to be a classic. After a slow start Garrick played some great golf to be three up at the turn. He knew Neil would throw everything at him, but Garrick stood firm and ran out victorious 2&1.

The semi-final pitted Garrick with the American prodigy Jim Liu, aged 17. Liu, aged 14, won the US Junior Amateur title and broke Tiger Wood's record as the youngest ever winner. In a tight encounter, where there was never more than one hole in it, Garrick found himself one down playing the 18th. An uncharacteristic shank from the American let Garrick in and he never looked back. He had a great up and down at the 19th to secure his place in the final.

Saturday 22nd June was a brutal day to play golf with winds gusting 40-45 miles per hour and the rain bleached across the famous links. After losing the first hole Garrick settled into his game and raced to a four hole lead after nine. Hakula did pull it back to one down after 16 holes but Garrick finally went into lunch three up and 18 holes to play. As the sun came out Garrick maintained his form and holed some great putts for birdie on the 23rd and 27th holes to be five up with nine to play. Although Hakula birdied the next, Garrick was in control and won on the 31st to seal the 6&5 victory.

His biggest fan, his sister, Angharad, followed his progress night and day from Stanford University, California. Angharad, a county golfer herself with Northumberland is studying for her PhD. Stanford is the mecca for golf and is getting ready to welcome Jim Liu, who Garrick beat in the semi-final. Stanford's most famous golfers include Tiger Woods, Michelle Wie and Tom Watson and are also coached by former Walker Cup player Phil Rowe. Even Garrick has competed at Stanford in the NCAA Regional Finals.

Angharad kept the social media rolling in the latter stages of the tournament with her inside knowledge of Garrick and the golfing world. She has been very quick to claim the caddying duties for the par 3 contest which is the traditional curtain raiser to The Masters tournament.

Garrick's motto is 'living the dream' and based on this result and the tournaments he is about to play in this is becoming a reality. Winning this event is beginning to sink in and he is really looking forward to teeing it up in The Open at Muirfield.

Porteous Wins Scottish Amateur at Southerness

Hot on the heels of his second placed finish in the Welsh Open Stroke-play Championship at Royal Porthcawl. Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle) went one better at the Carrick Neil Scottish Amateur Stroke-play Championship by winning the title and becoming the third Englishman in the last five years to do so.

At blustery Southerness golf club on the Solway Firth, Garrick shot 68-69-72-68 to finish one over par and lead the field by four shots. He led after two rounds and at that point was the only player under par. Despite the final day pressure from Ireland's Richard O'Donovan and Dermot McElroy and England's Callum Shinkwin, Garrick played controlled golf in tough conditions as his final nine holes of one under par demonstrated.

Garrick was elated with his first major victory following numerous top five finishes. His golf is developing a real consistency and he also reduced his handicap to plus five. However, there is no rest, as later this week he heads back to Scotland for the St Andrews Link Trophy at the Home of Golf.

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