Teenagers India Clyburn and Bradley Moore have sealed impressive seasons by each topping the table in the England Golf junior Orders of Merit.
Moore, 17, from Kedleston Park in Derbyshire, won the Titleist/FootJoy boys’ Order of Merit for a record second successive year. Meanwhile, Clyburn, 18, from Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire, collected a host of titles to win the Ascot Golf girls’Order of Merit in her final year as a junior.
Moore, an England and Great Britain boy international, led the way with more than 60,000 points, over 10,000 ahead of his international colleague and good friend Haydn McCullen (Delamere Forest, Cheshire), while Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood, Sussex) was third.
“I’m really pleased to top the merit list for the second time,” said Moore. “What makes it more rewarding is that I played less boys’ events this year because of exams.
“But I’ve got my game up to another level because I’ve had more top threes this year while I had a lot of top tens in 2013.”
Moore had two significant victories this year. He won the Midland boys’ qualifying and the Irish boys’ open at Thurles, while he finished runner-up in the McEvoy Trophy – where he was defending champion – and in the English boys’ championship for the Carris Trophy. He was also a quarter finalist in the British boys’ championship.
India is the second Clyburn to win the girls’ Order of Merit, following in the footsteps of her sister, Holly, who took the title in 2009 and has gone on to become a winner on the Ladies European Tour.
India kick-started her year when she represented England in the European girls’ team championship. “It was a really good experience and it set me up. I was so happy to be picked for the team and playing well against the top Europeans gave me confidence.”
Within a week she won the Scottish junior open by a record 12 shots and she went on to win the English girls’ championship, the girls’ title at the Daily Telegraph junior championship and the Royal Birkdale scratch trophy. She was also in England’s winning teams at the girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals – winning all six of her matches at the girls’ event.
India, who will be going to North Carolina State University in the USA next year, commented: “Winning the order of merit is a good achievement because it sums up your year.”
Leading points totals
FootJoy/Titleist boys’ Order of Merit:
1. Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park) 60,178
2. Haydn McCullen (Delamere Forest) 50,000
3. Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood) 33,164
4. Jamie Li (Bath) 32,956
5. Oliver Farrell (Evesham) 25,817
6. Matty Lamb (Hexham) 25,048
7. Jamie Dick (Forest Hills) 24,911
8. Jack Singh Brar (Remedy Oak) 23,228
9. Harry Hall (West Cornwall) 21,807
10. George Gardner (Castle Royle) 19,880
Ascot Golf girls’ Order of Merit
1. India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) 755.000
2. Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth) 682.500
3. Sophie Keech (Parkstone) 537.500
4. Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) 491.333
5. Gabriella Cowley (Hanbury Manor) 488.875
6. Inci Mehmet (Wentworth) 482.833
7. Lizzie Prior (Burhill) 475.833
8. Lauren Horsford (Wimbledon Park) 474.000
9. Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) 399.500.
10. Annabel Bailey (Kirby Muxloe) 391.500
Source: England Golf