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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.

Porteous Second in Wales

Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle) came very close to winning the Welsh Open Strokeplay Championships at Royal Porthcawl, 17-19th May, and finally finished runner up. In near perfect conditions Garrick started really well in round one posting 67 (5 under par) to take the clubhouse lead. He maintained that lead through round two with a level par 72, almost holing a 9 iron tee shot at the 11th hole for an ace.

Going out in the last group on the final day, his third round 74 was a little disappointing but he bounced straight back with the best final round 68 for a 7 under par total. He finished four shots behind current European Amateur Champion and fellow GB&I partner, Rhys Pugh, who shot 66-70 on the final day to finish at 11 under par.

Garrick's work with coach Graham Walker and his commitment to practice and fitness work are certainly paying off. The momentum of a top 20 finish in the Lytham Trophy and now an excellent second in the Welsh Amateur augurs well for the forthcoming prestigious amateur events in June and July.

England are European Champions

Garrick Porteous played a significant role in helping England's men team regain the European Nations Championship after overhauling overnight leaders France on the fourth and final day in Sotogrande in Spain. He shot 74-75-70-69 and was the only team member to count in all four rounds. The victory means England has held the title four times in the past five years.

Garrick was joined in the team by Max Orrin, Nathan Kimsey and Toby Tree, with three scores counting out of four on all days of the tournament. England started brightly on day one in very windy conditions and led France by five shots, Tree leading the way with a 68. France bounced back on day two to regain the lead, but England closed the gap to just two shots after round three following fine rounds from Porteous (70), Orrin (71) and Kinsey (71).

The final day saw England go even lower with Orrin (68), Porteous (69) and Tree (71), their best return of the week. Thus enabling them to overhaul France and win the title by six shots.

Individually, Toby Tree finished fifth, Max Orrin and Garrick sixth and Nathan Kimsey 16 th. Overall, this was a very satisfying week for Garrick and the rest of the team.

Australian Golfing Adventures

Garrick's six week golf tour in Australia proved to be very successful. England sent four of the elite squad to compete in a number of major amateur events. Being away in January and February Garrick was fortunate to miss all the snow, wind and rain associated with the British winter. However, he had to contend with playing golf in extreme summer temperatures (over 40C at times) and the tough Melbourne and Sydney wind. In all, it was a great experience with some very satisfying results, which all bodes well for the rest of the year.

The first tournament was the Australian Master of the Amateurs at Royal Melbourne. Against an international field, Garrick quickly overcame his three-month winter layoff and jetlag. His scores of 74-67-72-73 (-2) resulted in him finishing in sixth place. His second event saw him compete in the Australian Amateur. He comfortably qualified in the top 64 of the stroke play (13th) and then embarked onto the match play only to be thwarted in the last 32 round.

Garrick and his three other England internationals then travelled from Melbourne to Sydney to compete in the Lake Macquarie Amateur at Belmont Golf Club. Four very steady rounds of 71-72-71-70 (-4) saw Garrick placed ninth. The New South Wales Amateur followed and Garrick's form continued as he battled for podium honours. He shot 70-67-72 (-4) to finish third and secure his best finish on the tour of Australia. From this event, he progressed into the New South Wales match play and after some early victories, he was finally defeated in the quarter final.

Spain now beckons at the end of February for the Spanish Amateur at La Manga.

New Horizons

Four years of the University of Tennessee golf and study have finally come to an end for Garrick. He graduates with a BA degree in Studio Art alongside a very successful record in collegiate golf. Whilst proud to call himself a Tennessee Volunteer, he is now looking forward to new horizons and new challenges in both life and golf for 2013.

He plans to play the full amateur golf circuit in 2013. As a member of the England Elite squad, he starts his programme with seven weeks in Australia to play in some of their major amateur golf events. He is accompanied by Neil Raymond, Craig Hinton and Nathan Kimsey and they will be playing in the Australian Amateur Championship, the Australian Master of the Amateurs, the Lake Macquarie Amateur and the New South Wales Stroke and Match Play Championships. This will be Garrick's first visit 'down under' and he is looking forward to testing his skills against some of the best amateurs from across the world.

World Team Championship Selection

Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle) has received the biggest accolade in his golf career to date. He has been selected to play for England in the men's amateur World Team Championships. This is the most important and most prestigious tournament in the men's amateur golf calendar. "This is as big as it gets playing for your country as an amateur golfer. It is the biggest prize of all" (England Golf, 2012).

The World Amateur Team Championship is only held every two years and it is contested by 72 countries. The top three amateur golfers from each country are selected. It will be played over two courses, the Antalya club (Sultan Course) and the Cornelia Golf Club, in Turkey from 4-7th October with the best two scores from three counting on all four days.

Garrick (aged 22) is the youngest in the England team which includes current England stars, Neil Raymond (twice Brabazon Champion) ad Craig Hinton (Welsh Amateur Champion). All three players are members of the GB&I team. This will be the most challenging of any competition that Garrick has played in as it features the best amateur golfers in the world.

Garrick's selection comes on the back of some very consistent stroke play performances throughout 2012, including seven top ten finishes in major amateur events both in the UK and overseas. He was also a member of the victorious England team in the European Challenge Trophy in Iceland where he finished tied third in the individual ranking.

England has not won the Eisenhower Trophy since the Home Countries fielded separate teams in 2002 and prior to that GB&I won it in 1998. Live scoring will be available at http://www.worldamateur2012.org/first.asp or http://www.golfstat.com.

Porteous Shines for GB&I

Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle) made a significant contribution to the Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I) team as they battled The Continent of Europe for the St Andrews Trophy, 31/8/12 to 1/9/12. Played over the famous Portmarnock links in Dublin, where the rough was up and the wind blew, it was The Continent of Europe who prevailed in a very close contest 12.5-11.5.

Garrick played in all four sessions. On day one, he partnered the current European amateur champion, Rhys Pugh and they played superbly defeating Manuel Trappel and Marcel Schneider 5&4. His good form continued in the afternoon singles where he was up against Tapio Pulkkanen from Finland. Despite losing the first hole after finding a bunker from the tee, he never looked back and was four under par for the next 12 holes winning the match 6&5 in superb style.

Day two saw a re-match of the day one foursomes. This time it was much closer with the lead fluctuating all the time. However, it was the Europeans who prevailed with a par on the 18th hole to secure a two hole victory. In the final afternoon singles, Garrick played Carlos Pigem from Spain. This was to prove to be a classic match. The Spaniard played very solid golf in windy conditions for the first 10 holes and was three up. Garrick responded magnificently with birdies at 12 and 13 and as they boarded the 15th tee he was only one down. His short game came to the fore and he surged ahead after 16 holes. He held his nerve and a superb par at the last ensured a one hole victory. He played all four matches, winning three. He was the highest points scorer along with Craig Hinton for the GB&I team.

Overall, a very rewarding week for Garrick and despite not winning the St Andrews Trophy he can be very pleased with his own performances at this level.

Porteous named in GB&I Team

Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle) has been named in the Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I) team for the upcoming St Andrews Trophy at Portmarnock Golf Club, Dublin, Ireland. The match takes place on the 31st August and 1st September 2012. The St Andrews Trophy is a two day Ryder Cup style event against The Continent of Europe. Nine players have made the team based on their performances this year, with five from England, two from Ireland and one each from Scotland and Wales. The biannual trophy is currently held by The Continent of Europe. It is the forerunner to next year's Walker Cup which is to be held in New York.

Garrick's selection is based on some fine performances in 2012, including seven top ten finishes in major amateur events both in the UK and overseas. His form was very much evident at the recent Home Internationals in Scotland, where his most significant result was the defeat of British Amateur champion Alan Dunbar by 6&4. In addition, his current handicap is plus four.

Live scoring will be available on the R&A website at www.randa.org. The press release for the event can be found at http://www.randa.org/en/RandA/News/News/2012/August/Trophy-Teams-Announced.aspx

Home Internationals 2012

The Home Internationals 2012 were staged on the famous links of Glasgow Gailes, Scotland between 15-17thAugust. England were looking to continue their dominance of the event having won the Raymond Trophy for the last three years. Unfortunately, it was not to be with Scotland just edging out Ireland and England on count back.

Garrick was selected for his second Home Internationals and formed a very strong foursomes partnership with Neil Raymond. Going out first, they started very strongly defeating Wales 4&3 on day one, but found the Scottish and Irish pairs just too strong. The clash with the Irish pair of Alan Dunbar and Reeve Whitson was a classic, with both pairs playing superb golf with nine birdies between them. However, Garrick and Neil fell short 3&1.

The singles proved more fruitful for Garrick. He defeated Will Jones from Wales 4&3 before going down by one hole to Jack MacDonald from Scotland. However, he saved the best for last, with a resounding 6&4 victory over the current British Amateur champion, Alan Dunbar of Ireland. His overall Home International record stands at P12 W7 H2 and L3.

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