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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Cumbrian golfer sets new record in USA

TEENAGE star Seb Crookall-Nixon has set a new record just two months after taking up a golf scholarship in the USA.

The 19-year-old, whose dream of playing in the 2013 Walker Cup were boosted after he was selected for the England Elite squad, has posted the lowest round ever recorded by a golfer at San Francisco University.

Crookall-Nixon shot an eight-under-par round of 63 at a tournament in California to rewrite his university’s record books.

The county player, from Papcastle, near Cockermouth, followed up with a 73 and 69 for a final overall position of seventh to help San Francisco secure second place against 15 other college teams.

It was the second best score of his career after he posted a spectacular 10-under-par 59, including an eagle at the first, in a competition at Peel Golf Club on the Isle of Man.

His latest performance comes hot on the heels of his selection for the 15-strong England Elite squad.

He hopes it will help him win a place in the Great Britain and Ireland team to play the USA’s most talented amateurs at next year’s Walker Cup at the National Golf Links of America in New York.

His selection comes less than six months after Crookall-Nixon was injured in a road accident on the outskirts of Carlisle. The teenager escaped from the crumpled wreckage with a broken collarbone and wrist plus whiplash.

Despite fears he wouldn’t play golf again this year, Crookall-Nixon battled back to make his England debut in the Home Internationals at Glasgow Gailes Golf Club in August where he won two of his singles match, including an overwhelming 7&5 win over the unbeaten Irishman Gary Hurley.

His selection was reward for reaching the quarter-final of the English Amateur championship at Silloth on Solway and Seascale, where he was defeated by eventual champion Harry Ellis.

He has played in five tournaments in the last six weeks, travelling with his university team-mates to events in New Mexico, Indianapolis, Idaho and two to California.

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