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Welsh Amateur Championship:
Wait ends for Jermine

By William Gray
Electronic Telegraph

JOHN JERMINE broke a long-standing record on Saturday in winning the Welsh Amateur Championship over the Royal Saint David's Links at Harlech at the age of 56.

The Sunningdale-based veteran, who is also a member of St Andrews and the champion of Royal Porthcawl, became the oldest man to win a major national amateur title in Britain, beating by a few months Robert Harris, who took the Amateur crown in Devon 75 years ago.

Jermine, who last played for Wales in 1982 and had only once before got as far as the quarter-finals in this event, clinched the title on the last green in an absorbing 36-hole final against Richard Brookman, of Creigiau, who had to be content with the runners-up spot for a second successive year. He went in to lunch one up but briefly lost his lead in the afternoon, only to regain it at the 29th following a superb seven-iron shot to within six feet of the pin. After that he never surrendered the advantage, a cast-iron par three at the last securing the championship win for which he had waited so long.

WELSH AMATEUR CH'SHIP (Royal Saint Davids, Harlech).- Final: J G Jermine (Sunningdale) bt R Brookman (Creigiau) 2 holes.

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