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Young Cheshire golfer Remy Miller earned a top ten finish in the Junior European Open in Andalucia contending against the Continent’s best young golfers and torrential rain.
The conditions were so poor that when riding high on the leader board, the 14-year-old, who was four years younger than the majority of the opposition, saw his first round abandoned.
In the second round, Miller, who plays at both Tytherington and Prestbury and has further coaching at the Adlington Golf Centre, shot three over gross.
Conditions at the links were the best of the week for round three, with the sun even shining briefly and Remy posted a solid two over gross round.
Day four, again at the links, was the last qualifying day before the cut. It provided the toughest conditions of the week with gale force winds challenging every shot. Remy got off to a poor start and was three over through three holes, but recovered well to finish the round two over gross. “My best round of the week,” in his opinion.
The cut saw the top 42 of 103 players going forward to Friday’s climax with Remy six shots behind the leader from Germany at the championship Finca Cortesin course.
Once again, the elements were unkind, and a storm during the night washed cart paths away, turning bunkers into ponds and even causing landslides, a blow to his short game, as he normally gains on the field with his exceptional bunker play.
He put up a good fight and was level par through 15 holes. A great achievement on one of Europe’s longest and toughest courses.
The German leader started to fall back and others took advantage. However, mistakes by Miller at 16, 17 and 18 meant he was unable to make up ground and finished with a final round of four over gross, slipping back into ninth place.
“I made mistakes on the last three holes which I should not have made and which cost me a top five finish,” he said.
“However, with the weather conditions for the week being the worst I have ever played in, I am happy with a top 10 finish. It could easily have been a lot worse.”
“I have four more years in this competition. I’m getting bigger and stronger each year and I am determined to go out there and win it.”