Marcus Svensson wins the 2015 Boys Amateur Championship

Marcus Svensson wins the 2015 Boys Amateur Championship

Article published: 18 August, 2015

11 – 16 August 2015
Royal Birkdale and Southport & Ainsdale

Sweden's Marcus Svensson won the 89th Boys Amateur Championship, defeating South Africa's Keegan De Lange 4&3 in the 36-hole Final at Royal Birkdale. The 17-year-old is the second Swedish player in succession to win the Boys Amateur, after Oskar Bergqvist’s victory at Prestwick last year. Svensson, from Halmstad Golf Club, recovered from a stomach illness earlier in the week that almost forced him to withdraw in the qualifying stroke play rounds to earn the biggest victory of his young golfing career.

“It’s almost unbelievable, it means so much to me and I couldn’t be more happy,” said Svensson after lifting the trophy. “After the first qualifying round I was very ill in the night and the morning of the second day I almost couldn’t bring myself to the golf course as I was very weak. So to be standing here at the end and winning is not what I thought would happen.

Svensson played the morning session in four-under-par. De Lange, opened with a double-bogey 6 and dropped another shot on the 3rd hole to give Svensson the early lead, which he didn’t relinquish for the rest of the match.

The afternoon session saw Svensson struggle to maintain his momentum as he carded four bogeys against a single birdie on the front nine and De Lange reduced the deficit to two holes by the turn.
After a bogey on the 28th hole left De Lange three holes behind, he matched Svensson’s birdie on the next before a duffed approach shot into a pot bunker on the 31st hole resulted in a double bogey six and left his opponent four up with six to play. De Lange managed to stay alive after getting up-and-down from the edge of a greenside bunker on the 32nd to halve the hole but Svensson matched his par five at the 33rd hole to secure a 4&3 win.

With the victory, Svensson earns a place in the 2016 Amateur Championship which will be held at Royal Porthcawl and Pyle & Kenfig.