Putts not the only thing to drop for champ McKenzie

Billy Mckenzie
Billy Mckenzie
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BUTTER-FINGERS Billy McKenzie came up with a superb performance to get his hands on a £100,000 trophy – and then promptly dropped it.

Thankfully for the 20-year-old talent from Rowlands Castle, it was only the base and no lasting damage was done to a cup that has been lifted by Nick Faldo – who is among the list of previous winners of the Berkshire Trophy.

And it failed to take the shine away from McKenzie’s performance who proved to any doubters that he can transfer his fine form from College golf in the USA back to home turf during his summer break from his studies.

McKenzie said: ‘It’s a £100,000 trophy and I dropped the stand so it’s probably a good job I don’t get to look after it!

‘But it’s awesome to have my name on it alongside some great names.

‘People like Nick Faldo and Sandy Lyle have won it so it was brilliant. I am still buzzing.

‘It’s nice to show everyone how I have been playing in the States and that I can do it against the top amateurs in England as well.’

The left-hander was one shot off the pace going into the final round after scores of 69, 67, 70 placed him at 10 under par and he finished two clear of his nearest rivals with a level par 72 to take the title.

McKenzie said: ‘The course suited me.

‘A lot of the holes were left to right doglegs, which helps me because I draw the ball and I’m left-handed.

‘I was using my two iron off the tee a lot and it was going as far as some people’s three woods or drivers. It made it easier to keep it straight.

‘But I had a good week on the greens and I holed a lot of putts.

‘I had 21 birdies so I dropped a few shots.

‘But every time I made a bogey, I wasn’t getting too disappointed because I knew I could make birdies.’

With no leaderboards on the course, McKenzie had some inside information to know what he needed on the final hole.

He said: ‘I knew it was tight. My dad went up to the group ahead to find out how they finished and I knew I could make a bogey and still win, but I got my par.’