Stoke Park’s Gough Continues To Add To Growing Reputation
Stoke Park’s teenage golfing sensation, Conor Gough, has added to his growing reputation after playing his part in England’s third successive victory in the Boys Home Internationals.
England finished with a 100 per cent record after defeating Ireland, Scotland and Wales at Royal Dornoch, and has now won the under-18 team event 17 times since 1996.
Although 15-year-old Gough and his playing partner, Robin Williams, saw their unbeaten run ended in the title decider with Ireland, the Stoke Park youngster kept his composure to register a 3&2 singles win in the afternoon as England just edged it 8-7.
The turning point in the match came when Gough – who plays off a handicap of plus three – won three holes in a row from the seventh, a lead he would hold onto for the rest of the match.
In a 10-5 victory over Scotland on the first day, Gough and Williams won their rubber 2&1, while the former enjoyed a 4&2 singles success. Against Wales, on day two, the pairing enjoyed a comprehensive 7&6 victory, and, despite Gough losing in the afternoon singles, England ran out 11-4 winners.
Gough, who is currently ranked 30th in the European men’s amateur ranking, said: “It was great to win the competition, really good to help retain the title. I loved playing in it and can play in it for another two years. I’d love to play again and win it each time.
“I’m playing really well at the moment, having a very good year. I’ve contended at most of the events I’ve played in and I’m hoping to carry that form into next week’s British Boys (the Boys Amateur Championship, at Royal Portrush and Portstewart, from August 14-19).”
He added: “Looking ahead, I’d love to become a professional golfer. I feel very privileged to be at Stoke Park, there are no better facilities around. The people are great and very supportive. I’m really happy to be part of the club.”
Voted the number one golf resort in England, in the inaugural Golf World ‘Top 100 Resorts in UK & Ireland’ ranking in 2017, the historic Stoke Park – one of just two five-AA Red Star golf clubs in England – boasts 27 Harry Colt-designed holes and a thriving golf club with around 850 members.
Set within 300 acres of mid-19th century Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown-landscaped parkland, in Stoke Poges, Bucks, Stoke Park is only 35 minutes from London and seven miles from Heathrow Airport. The historic land on which it stands is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 and the celebrated course played host to the PGA Matchplay in 1910 and, even more famously, the golf match between Sean Connery’s James Bond and Auric Goldfinger, in the 1964 film, Goldfinger.