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Albert Eckhardt splashes out a bunker on the 16th on his way to winning the Lytham Trophy

Albert Eckhardt splashes out a bunker on the 16th on his way to winning the Lytham Trophy

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Finland’s Albert Eckhardt won the Lytham Trophy after a dramatic play-off victory over Irish rival Jack Hume in England’s leading amateur strokeplay event.

The duo had tied for top spot after four rounds with scores of 287, seven-over par, on a weekend which saw Royal Lytham play tough.

There was excitement during regulation play.

The Finn overshot the final green and he had to get up and down to force a play-off.

It was the second year in a row that the distinctive trophy had gone abroad, Dutchman Dan Huizing having prevailed 12 months ago.

Eckhardt came to Lytham as the 430th ranked amateur in the world ratings.

A play-off also settled the Fairhaven Trophy, which took place at the same time.

The boys’ winner was Worthing’s Marco Penge, who won in extra-time against Blairgowrie’s Bradley Neil, who had led by six shots entering the final round. Penge prevailed in a four-hole play-off.

Lancashire’s junior champion Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) surged from behind to win the Fairaven Trophy for girls.

Five birdies in the last nine holes gave her a one-shot win over Scottish golfer Lauren Whyte.