Dan Brown writes his own story with English Amateur Championship glory

Dan Brown raises the trophy (Photo: Leaderboard Photography)
Dan Brown raises the trophy (Photo: Leaderboard Photography)

Dan Brown staged a tremendous fightback to win the men’s English Amateur Championship in an exciting final at Ganton Golf Club.

The Masham golfer was four down after 26 holes of the final against his good friend, George Bloor of Derbyshire.

But he piled on the pressure with some excellent golf and was rewarded with a 2up victory.

Brown, 21, said: “I knew anything was possible, but George played such good golf that I had to hit some really good golf shots coming down those final few holes.”

“This means such a lot. I won the Yorkshire amateur four years ago and this is a similar feeling but on a much bigger stage.”

The 36-hole final was an enthralling affair, played out before a very large crowd of spectators. In the morning 18 holes, the lead changed hands repeatedly as the pair traded birdies, an eagle and even a few ragged shots, but Bloor (Cavendish) came in for lunch 1up.

He pushed on in the afternoon, winning the second with a par, the third with a birdie and then stringing a series of pars together to get to four up after eight.

Brown won his first hole of the afternoon session on the 9th, where he fired a great second straight at the pin. He pulled back another on the 11th but lost the 12th to a par after his second shot was bunkered.

It was then that Brown moved up a gear. He had winning birdies on the long 13th, with a neat up and down from beside the green, and on the 14th, where his tee shot almost reached the putting surface. On the 16th he was back to all square after Bloor found trouble in triplicate, thanks to trees and gorse.

Wayward drives from Bloor on both 17 and 18 then helped Brown to move ahead and claim his victory.

Brown added: “It was crazy going four down and I knew I had to play some good golf to apply the pressure – and I did what I needed to do.

““I’ve been playing really well but haven’t had the results I felt I deserved. Mum and dad and my coach are sick of hearing me say that there’s a big result coming, but it’s happened!”

With the win, Brown has qualified for this week’s European Amateur Championship.

And he also received immediate congratulations from the 2007 English Amateur champion and the 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett.

Willett sent a message to the presentation, telling Brown: “I can remember the feelings you’re experiencing and your family and friends will rightly be very proud of you. You’re obviously on the right track so keep doing what you’re doing, be smart and effective with your practice and who knows how far you can go?”