By Jake Sanders
CALLUM PIPE fought back from three down with six to play to claim victory over Daniel Vaughan on the first extra-hole at Orsett Golf Club and lift the Keating Trophy on Sunday.
Pipe, from Bocking and a member of Braintree Golf Club, was never ahead in the match, but he responded to a pep talk from his dad Keith who was caddying for him. He produced a late rally to take Vaughan – a member at Orsett – down the first extra-hole and win the sudden-death play-off with a birdie four.
Making the most of home advantage Vaughan got off to the ideal start, but as the nerves crept in during the back nine, Pipe fought his way back into the match. It was a bitter pill to swallow for Vaughan, who was also runner-up in this tournament two years ago.
Pipe, who is 16-years-old and has represented Essex since he was 15, said: “This is a great way to start the first tournament of the season and I am absolutely delighted.”
The qualifying round for the Keating Trophy, an Essex competition, saw 78 golfers play at Orsett on April 11, with 16 players progressing led by The Rayleigh Club’s Ricky Lee who shot a two-round aggregate score of -4.