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James Briggs produced the biggest win of his career by landing the prestigious Lagonda Trophy at Gog Magog Golf Club last week.

James Briggs wins the Lagonda Trophy at Gog ma gog golf course, seen here with sponsor Clive Smith and Captain Ian Skinner. Picture: Gog ma gog golf course (2268562)
James Briggs wins the Lagonda Trophy at Gog ma gog golf course, seen here with sponsor Clive Smith and Captain Ian Skinner. Picture: Gog ma gog golf course (2268562)

The 22-year-old Diss Golf Club player followed in the illustrious footsteps of former world No 1s Luke Donald and Lee Westwood by earning a three-shot win in the leading amateur event.

Briggs was eight shots off the lead at the halfway point in the two-day event, but he rallied with two two-under-par rounds of 68 on the second day to finish with a one-over-par total of 281.

“It’s got to be the highlight of my career so far,” said Briggs. “Nothing has come close to that really, apart from winning my county championship.

“It’s definitely the highlight and I wasn’t really expecting it going into the second day. I was eight shots back so I was not expecting it at all, but I had a really good day and holed a load of putts.

“I wasn’t expecting at all to be standing here with the trophy, so I’m absolutely over the moon.”

The Old Course was playing well, but there were only nine scores under par in the last two rounds – including the two from Briggs – as players battled to get to grips with the course.

“It’s tricky out there as it’s really firm in places and you’ve got to be able to control your golf ball,” said Briggs.

“Luckily, I was able to pitch and putt really well so I think that got me over the line – my chipping and putting.

“I made a few bogeys but I had the belief that I could make a few birdies on the way in, to counteract the bogeys.

“I think it was the mental strength to stay in the moment that got me through.”

Briggs did not have a world ranking prior to the Lagonda Trophy, but his success means that he will do soon and in turn, that will allow him to enter bigger and better events.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” he added.

Gog Magog’s Ed Dimambro finished tied for 24th on 293, but team-mate Ollie Rust missed the cut. Fellow CAGU player Owen Davies (297) and Paul Hodgkin (299) were 31st and 36th respectively.



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