British Amateur champion Garrick Porteous continued his preparations for The Masters by winning the Georgia Cup yesterday.
The Bamburgh Castle Golf Club member, from Morpeth, defeated US Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick to lift the trophy.
In what was the first all-England match in the 17-year history of the event, Porteous won four straight holes on the front nine that led to his 3-and-2 victory on the Lakeside Course at The Golf Club of Georgia.
Fitzpatrick built a 2-up lead through three holes, only for Porteous to make three birdies and a par to seize control. Fitzpatrick holed out for eagle from 116 yards on the par-4 15th hole to extend the match. Porteous won on the next hole after both made bogey.
The Georgia Cup began in 1998 as a match between the US Amateur and British Amateur champions the week before they play in the Masters, which starts next week.
Amateur champion Porteous will be turning professional after the major at the Augusta National Golf Club.
“Not many players can say their last tournament as an amateur was The Masters,” said Porteous.
The former King Edward VI School (KEVI) pupil added: “I really feel ready to turn pro, now. You have to aim high and I believe my game is good enough.”
Porteous, who also plays out of the Northumberland Golf Club, became Amateur Champion last June, making him eligible to play in The Open, The Masters and the US Open, although he has sacrificed his right to play in the latter to give himself a better chance of making it in the paid ranks.
While he didn’t make the cut at last year’s Open, Porteous showed that he will not be out of his depth when he turns pro after finishing 14th on his European Tour debut in December.
Porteous will continue his preparations for The Masters with a traditional par-three competition, with his sister Angharad caddying. In the main competition, his caddy will be Michael Burrows, another KEVI pupil. His first professional event will be the Malaysian Open on the European Tour later this month.