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Alford golfer so close to making history down under

Ashton Turner might have written his name into the history books Down Under but the Alford golfer couldn’t help but think his Australian Youth Olympic Festival success could have been so much more.

Right from the word go at the Twin Creeks Club in Sydney, Turner looked like he was on course for a medal as he opened with a remarkable eight-under before following that up with a four-under.

However the 16-year-old hit a snag on day three as he carded a two-over third round and, although he finished with a five-under final round on Sunday, the damage had been done.

Having led for the majority of the competition Turner, who is a member of Kenwick Park Golf Club, had to settle for silver, three shots behind Australian winner Kevin Yuan.

Still, Turner became the first male to win a medal for Team GB in an IOC sanctioned event for over a century but he admitted it was hard to shake the nightmares of his disappointing third day.

“It feels good to have the silver medal in my grasp, especially since it has been so long since this has happened,” said Turner.

“But I do feel a bit disappointed in a way because the gold medal was definitely in my sights and I feel like it should have been mine.

“I had a poor third round where my game fell to pot really and that really cost me. And in the last round I played well and got close to him [Yuan] but had chances to get closer but couldn’t take them.

“So while I am happy to have the silver, and I will take that every day, I feel like it could have and, perhaps should have, been gold.”

Turner had already made history before he climbed the podium Down Under as one of the ten-strong team selected to represent Britain at an Olympic-style event for the first time in more than a century.

And, having added to that with a medal, the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School pupil is hopeful that isn’t the first and last time he gets to do so.

“It was a huge honour to represent Great Britain and have the Olympic rings on my chest, it adds a great deal of pride to it all,” he added.

“It is definitely something I could get used to and having done well does make it seem like the Rio Olympics could be in my path so I will keep working hard towards that and we will see what happens.”

- The British Olympic Association prepares and leads British athletes at the summer, winter and youth Olympic Games. It works in partnership with national governing bodies to enhance Olympic success and is responsible for championing the Olympic values. www.olympics.org.uk

 

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