Hiluta keeps Spanish title in English hands

Englishman prevails 4&3 at Alcanada

Mon, 5 Mar 2012

Hiluta keeps Spanish title in English hands

While Rory McIlroy grabs all the headlines in the professional ranks, English youngster Jack Hiluta landed the Spanish Amateur Championship at Alcanada to complete a superb weekend for British golf.

Essex-born Hiluta, who at 22 is the same age as the new World No.1, kept the coveted trophy in English hands for the third successive season after beating German Marcel Schneider 4&3 in the 36-hole final.

Hiluta, ranked ninth seed, beat Spain’s Toni Ferrer 3&2 in round one, before ousting compatriot Ashley Chesters 3&1 to reach the quarter-finals.

He then overcame Frenchman Kenny Subregis 2&1 and held his nerve with a 1-up victory against Dutchman Daan Huizing to reach the final.

Despite a slow start in the final, Hiluta bounced back to move 2-up at lunch. A clutch birdie at the 32nd pulled the Englishman 4-up and he secured the title with a par at the next.

Hiluta, who has spent the last few years at the University of South Alabama, was capped at U16 and boys levels and finished third in the 2011 Berkshire Trophy.

GM played Alcanada last year. Click here to read our review.

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