Sundborg, who began a golf scholarship at Stirling University in September and has been playing top international college tournaments in California, Dubai and Connecticut, announced his arrival at the top table of Hampshire golf by beating his county captain Martin Young 3&2 in the final, at Royal Jersey, on Sunday.
With 46-year-old Young starting his seventh round since arriving for practice on Thursday, it was no surprise when Sundborg, some 27 years his junior, took a firm grip on proceedings in Sunday afternoon’s final – but only after Young had taken the first by holeing a monster from 30 feet.
Young’s tiredness showed at the 14th as he carved his tee shot from high up above the beach and found gorse short of the 200-yard mark with the wind blowing strongly into their faces. The wind was whistling across the seaside course with the tide having turned and after taking a penalty drop, he could not stop Sundborg from going dormie 4 with a simple par.
A poor lie behind the green on the 188-yard par 3 saw Sundborg surrender 1 hole courtesy of a double, as Young escaped with a bogey 4 somewhat fortuitously after flirting with gorse to the left.
But when Sundborg went right on the 178-yard par three 16th, he lagged his putt across the green to inside 3 feet and after Young missed his birdie chance. It meant Sundborg became the Isle of Wight’s first winner since J R Mellor just 3 months before the outbreak of World War Two.
Sundborg, who had beaten the hosts’ Sam Vautier 4&2 in the quarter-finals, then knocked out La Moye’s Richard Ramskill’s winning on the last by 1.
Jordan had claimed the 12th seed in the knockout with rounds of 76 and 71 to finish 7-over par in qualifying on Friday, before beating Riddett in the first round 2&1 with his clubmate then caddying for Sundborg all the way to the final.
Riddett had finished fifth on Friday with rounds of 73 and 70. Conor Richards was the third Shanklin player to reach the last 16, qualifying in 14th after rounds of 75 and 73 – his first competitive golf since returning from his first successful season at Landers University, in North Carolina. But after ending fancied favourite Jason Stokes, the current Jersey champion with a handsome 5&4 win, he then lost out to Anderson on the last hole after leaving his putt to take the match down the 19th hung up on the edge of the hole.
Sundborg qualified for the matchplay 4 years ago at Blackmoor but then missed the championship 12 months later because he was sitting his A levels and then lost in the quarter-finals at Brokenhurst Manor in 2015.
After missing the cut at Hayling 12 months ago, the teenager has finally made the breakthrough that proved Young’s decision to select Sundborg for the English County Finals last autumn was indeed the correct one.
Report and photos by Andrew Griffin