JACK Singh-Brar maybe a Dorset golfer now but the 20-year-old former England Boys international grew up playing golf in Hampshire, where he still lives – and his past record at Blackmoor is as good as any of the county’s top amateurs.
And Singh-Brar took advantage of the absence of several of England’s leading amateurs to grab the biggest win of his stellar young career by claiming the Selborne Salver after a play-off in the growing gloom as the sun set over the East Hampshire course.
Singh-Brar, who hails from the New Forest, hit a 310-yard drive which split the middle of the fairway while his opponent, 28-year-old Matt Kippen, from Somerset, was left with a rescue club from 240 yards after hooking his tee shot into the first cut on the left.
With Singh-Brar in the driving seat some 90 yards further down the fairway, Kippen, who won the South West Boys Championship back in 2007, caught the mound guarding the front right of the green, coming up five yards short of the putting surface.
And when his chip seemed to grab more than he expected as the dew began to form on the greens which had played fast and firm for April, it left him still six feet short.
Kippen missed his par putt, leaving Singh-Brar the easiest of tap-ins for victory.
It was the first play-off since Hayling’s Mark Thistleton’s back in 2007, when he beat Coventry’s England international Matt Cryer, also on the tenth.