Ben Schmidt claimed his second major title of the season when he won the English Boys’ Under 18 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Moor Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire.
He won the men’s equivalent for the Brabazon Trophy back in June and now he also has the Carris Trophy in his grasp after a hard-fought play-off victory over Spain’s Rodrigo Martin.
Schmidt had to do it the hard way after dropping three shots to par over the first five holes before recovering to post a level par 72 and finish tied with the young Spaniard on five-under par 283.
Martin holed an 18-foot birdie putt on the 72nd green to tie with Schmidt but on the first extra hole carved his tee shot into the trees on the right of the fairway and ultimately failed to get up and down from the edge of the green for his par. Schmidt hit a wedge to 20-feet and two-putted for a winning par.
As many of you are aware, Ben is playing in the US Amateur at Pinehurst golf club in a few weeks, this is obviously going to be very costly. We as a club were going to use the Trick show to try and raise him some funds to help him on his way but unfortunately it was cancelled.
If any member would like to help support Ben, we are taking collections in the shop.
We've already had a couple of donations form a few members, Danny Willett has also donated to his cause as he understands the strain it can have on parents supporting their children.
I think Ben will appreciate anything people can give.