Garrick Porteous successfully battled blustery conditions Saturday at Royal Cinque Ports, defeating Finland's Toni Hakula 6 & 5 to become the first Englishman to win the British Amateur in a decade.
As a result of the win, the 23-year-old earned a spot in the British Open next month at Muirfield. Should he retain his amateur status, Porteous will also receive an invitation to the Masters next spring as well as a spot in the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
With intermittent rain falling and winds gusting up to 40 MPH, both Porteous and Hakula struggled throughout the 36-hole final, as neither player made a birdie until Porteous drained a birdie putt on the 23rd hole. While the 21-year-old Hakula, who will be a senior at Texas this fall, won the opening hole, it was Porteous that took control of the match early, building a 4-up lead after just nine holes and finishing the opening 18 holes with a 3-up advantage.
A 2012 graduate from the University of Tennessee, Porteous maintained his lead during the second round, holing a long putt for birdie on the 27th hole to increase his margin to 5-up. From there, he was able to hold on for a 6 & 5 win and return the trophy to England for the first time since Gary Wolstenholme won the event in 2003.