Teen’s 59 Includes Bogey Six
By Conor Nagle under Amateur Golf

Crookall-Nixon: by all accounts quite good at golf.

18-year-old England international Seb Crookall-Nixon made history of a sort last weekend when he carded a 10-under-par 59 in competition at Peel Golf Club on the Isle of Man.

Using the tournament as preparation for April’s Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club in South Carolina, an elite U-19 event, the teenager – a former international teammate of European Tour winner Tom Lewis – began his round with an eagle at the 311-yard opening hole.

He then went on to card birdies at the third, fourth, eighth and ninth, the final two folllowing immediately in the wake of the round’s lone misstep, a bogey six at the seventh, a reachable par-5.

A further five birdies on the back nine, the last of which came at the 16th, ensured Crookall-Nixon reached the sanctuary of the clubhouse in fewer than 60 shots.

The youngster was nothing short of ecstatic:

“After the round I went through the score card to see if I could have picked up anymore shots and it was clear that a 54 could have quite possibly have happened. With only 25 putts and 13 3′s on the score card I’m certainly thrilled with my achievement and hopefully I can continue that form throughout the season!”

In addition to beating his lowest competitive score by two shots, Crookall-Nixon succeeded in lowering his handicap to +3.

Feelings of inadequacy? You’re not alone.

Conor Nagle