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Raymond back to form with St Andrews Links triumph

13th June 2013

Raymond back to form with St Andrews Links triumph

Neil Raymond warmed up for the defence of his Brabazon Trophy in a fortnight by winning the St Andrews Links Trophy at the Home of Golf.

The England international, who has not hit top form so far this season, was lying equal 16 th at the halfway mark. But closing rounds of 68 and 69 saw him finish on 282, six under par, two strokes ahead of England team-mate Nathan Kimsey, boy cap Max Orrin and Ryan Evans.

Raymond's victory is the third by an English player in the past four years following the successes of Tom Lewis (2011) and Matt Southgate (2010). 

“I've always wanted to win here at St Andrews so this is special,” said Raymond. “I putted well today. I've been working hard of that part of my game recently and it paid off.”

Trailing by six strokes at the halfway stage, Raymond's third round 68 containing five birdies hoisted him to equal third on 213, two behind joint leaders Evans and Gregoire Schoeb from France.

The 27 year old from the Corhampton club in Hampshire was on fire at the start of the final round. He birdied the first three holes and despite dropping a shot at the fourth, secured another birdie at the fifth to be out in 33.

He came home in level par 36 with two bogeys and two birdies, the scond at the 18 th to set the target on six under.

He would have been caught by Orrin, winner of the South East of England Links Championship and the Lagonda Trophy in the past month, but the Kent 19 year old double-bogeyed the 17 th to finish with 71.

Kimsey, who began the round one behind Raymond, posted his second 70 of the day for a share of second spot, while Evans, the first round leader over the Jubilee course with 66, finished with 73.

Leading final scores:
282 N Raymond (Corhampton) 72 73 68 69
284 N Kimsey (Woodhall Spa) 68 76 70 70, R Evans (Wellingborough) 66 73 72 73, M Orrin (North Foreland) 73 70 70 71
285 J McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) 71 76 67 71. J Zunic (Australia) 72 71 69 73, N Holman (Australia) 74 71 72 68

Notes for Readers:-
England Golf is the governing body for amateur golf in England.
England Golf was formed on 1st January 2012 following the merger of the English Golf Union Ltd. and the English Women's Golf Association and is one of the largest sports governing bodies in England looking after the interests of over 1,900 golf clubs and 770,000 men and women club members.

Responsible for the training of the country's top amateur golfers, England Golf also organises all the major English amateur championships. England Golf works to actively encourage new golfers and increase the continued interest and participation in golf through its golf development initiative ‘Get into Golf'.

England Golf is a member of The England Golf Partnership (EGP) together with the PGA and supported by the Golf Foundation and Sport England. Their Whole Sport Plan for golf identifies how England will achieve its vision of becoming ‘The Leading Golf Nation in the World by 2020' from grass roots right through to elite level.

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