Rising English star Nathan Kimsey ignited his 2012 season with a record-breaking victory in the Darwin Salver at Rye Golf Club.
The Woodhall Spa prodigy, who was presented with the Dawin Salver after firing all four rounds in the 60s, finished four strokes clear of North Foreland’s Max Orrin on 2-under - breaking the previous record of 1-over set by Sandwell’s Richard Prophet in 2010.
“It’s a great start to my season and hopefully I can push on to more good results off the back of this,” said Kimsey, speaking exclusively to Golfmagic.
Despite missing the cut in his first two events of the season in Spain and Portugal, Kimsey had an inckling his game was heading in the right direction ahead of the strong U21 event in Sussex.
“I learnt a lot about where my game was when I was out at the Portuguese and Spanish Amateurs in the last month and I was confident my game was a in a very good place to come and compete at the Darwin Salver,” added the 18-year-old, who finished fourth on the Titleist FootJoy EGU Boys Order of Merit last season.
“To shoot the scores I did on a tough test and to come out on top was a great feeling.
“I want to thank the EGU for all their support over the winter period and also my coach, Keith Williams, who I have worked hard with over the last five months developing a more consistent swing.
“It all seems to be tying in nicely at the start of what is going to be a long and busy season.”
Darwin Salver Final Leaderboard
-2 Nathan Kimsey (69, 68, 66, 67)
+2 Max Orrin (65, 72, 70, 67)
+3 Alfie Plant (70, 69, 70, 66)