Guernsey Press

Tucknott to tee it up in front of the Sky cameras

Jayden Tucknott has booked a place at the Junior European Open and with it a chance to shine on Sky Sports.

Jayden Tucknott in action in this summer's scratch league final. (Picture by Gareth Le Prevost, 32686948)

The Channel Islands junior champion will be heading to Cadiz later this month having been granted a wild card entry after just missing out on automatic qualification by one spot at Corhampton Golf Club last week.

A top-three finish would have guaranteed a spot in Spain, but the Guernsey player’s respectable four-over round saw him finish fourth and he initially thought his hopes of progressing had been dashed.

However, he will follow in the footsteps of his fellow Sarnian Ollie Chedhomme of playing in the prestigious event having done enough to earn a wild card.

‘The event is live on Sky Sports and played on the week of the 18-25 November. I’m hoping to train as much as possible in the lead up to give myself the best chance at winning,’ Tucknott said.

His appearance at Corhampton came at the end of another successful trip away during this stellar season for the teenager.

An eventful week started at Bramshaw Golf Club where a round of 72 did enough to claim a seventh junior open win of the season.

Tucknott flew out of the blocks, making three birdies on the front-nine and making the turn at two-under.

A further birdie at the 10th got him to three-under for his round before several dropped shots on the home stretch meant a round of one-over.

Although disappointed with the way he finished, it was still a strong round on his first time playing the course and ultimately he lifted the trophy.

Two days later he moved onto Kings Hill Golf Club where he had one of his best ball-striking rounds of the season but unfortunately lacked scoring ability.

He again showed a strong front-nine, shooting a one-under 35, but having not had chance to practice the back-nine before the competition he struggled to score for the remainder of the round.

However, a three-over round for a top-five finish in a field of 50 players amounted to another impressive outing in his last junior open of the season – a year in which in junior opens he has claimed seven wins, one second place and one fifth – an outstanding record.