King of the swingers

Paul Coburn has shot to fame with back-to-back stand-out performances

Paul Coburn has shot to fame with back-to-back stand-out performances

Potters Bar member Paul Coburn completed a memorable month by following up his performance at the Glancy with another strong showing a the Junior National competition.

At the Glancy, Coburn obliterated the field to win both the individual trophies — the lowest gross score and the lowest net score — and helped his team to win its biggest haul of trophies since 1955.

His win had the organisers scrambling for the record books, and as far as anyone can establish, he is the youngest individual winner of the lowest gross score trophy and highest handicapped player ever to win it.

Not bad for a 20-year-old who was playing off a handicap of eight, and was up against the cream of Jewish golfers from across GB and Ireland, with 18 clubs and societies taking part.

Then, as part of the Potters Bar team of six, he helped them to retain the Junior National title at Dyrham Park.

Coburn, who is now preparing for his third and final year of a Sports Management Course at University College Birmingham, said: “To win the Glancy was absolutely amazing, especially as all my family were there to see it happen.

“To shoot a par round, playing off eight, was the kind of thing you dream about.

“To then win the Junior National team as well is just the icing on the cake. We had a superb team, and won it with several great performances.

“And in October, I’m taking up the role of Junior Captain at the Club, so it’s going to be a very busy year, what with taking my finals too. But my golf – and the Club here at Potters Bar in particular – have given me such confidence, that I feel I can achieve anything.”

    Last updated: 9:54am, August 6 2009