Dylan Xanh wins County Junior Championship at the Isle of Wedmore GC
Somerset Junior Championship Isle of Wedmore GC 28/04/2019
The Championship was played on a well prepared course which was remarkable following the gale force winds experienced on Saturday. Huge thanks to the green keeping staff at Wedmore for their considerable efforts. The weather was kinder for the players but a strongish wind and chilly conditions contributed to make the course a challenge over the 36 hole medal off the back tees. In round 1 Ollie Brimﬁeld and Dylan Xanh from Mendip Spring led the way for most of the round. Ollie found trouble on the 17th resulting in a triple bogie 7. Dylan struggled over the last three holes and recorded a quad on the ﬁnal hole to close on an 8 over par score of 78. Ollie posted the best ﬁrst round score of +4 (74) he was closely followed by U16 Bailey Langford from Taunton & Pickeridge on 75. The scores indicated that the boys found the back nine a stern test with shots being dropped over the Par 5’s in particular. Huxley Howell from Saltford recorded the same score as Dylan Xanh one shot ahead of Stanley Richardson from Wedmore. Round 2 got underway 45 minutes ahead of schedule. In the ﬁnal 3 ball Huxley Howell made an impressive start with 4 birdies in the ﬁrst 6 holes. He was 3 under par at the turn , Dylan was 1 under and Ollie 2 over. So the overall position put Huxley in the lead by 1 from Ollie and 2 from Dylan. The ﬁnal group battled against each other and the course and demonstrated some good powers of recovery. On the 17th tee Huxley and Dylan were tied for the lead with Ollie 2 shots back. Huxley missed the par 3 green left leaving a tricky up and down. Dylan and Ollie found the green. Huxley played a majestic chip and tapped in for a par. Ollie miss his birdie put and holed out for a par. Dylan 3 putted for a bogie. Huxley took a one shot lead to the 17th. The wind was gusting across the fairway and contributed to both Huxley and Ollie ﬁnding the out of bounds. Dylan’s drive found the left hand side of the fairway opening up the green. Huxley and Ollie walked off the green having both recorded triple bogies. Dylan missed a birdie chance but recorded a par 4 to take a two shot lead to the last. Dylan found the green on the Par 3 last but ﬁnished a good 25ft from the hole. Huxley played a great shot to 4ft. Dylan ended any chance of a come back from Huxley with a lagged put just under the hole and a certain 3. Huxley lipped out for a birdie resulting in a 2 shot win for Dylan and a closing round of -1 (69) In the Under 16 championship Stanley Richardson recored an excellent second round 3 over par 73 to overtake Bailey Langford and take the title. In the Net competition it was a close battle between Joshua Owen of Long Ashton and Dylan John of Saltford. Joshua took the hours with a combined net score of 140. SGU President Geoff Ogden Presented the winners with their prizes and trophies.Thanks to SGU Secretary Rob Davis and Exec member Jim Skinner for running the event, to Wedmore Golf Club for looking after all of us so well , to the parents for their continued support and to the Team managers and the boys coaches including the County coaches. There were some impressive performances on the day which will hopefully translate into a successful season for the County teams at U14s, U16s and U18’s.
JUNIOR COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP 2019
Sunday 28th April 2019, White Tees, Isle of Wedmore
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Gross Leaderboard switch R1 CSS 72 R2 CSS 70
1st Dylan Xanh Mendip Spring Golf Club (0) 78 69 147+7
2nd Huxley Howell Saltford Golf Club (3) 77 72 149+9
3rd Stanley Richardson Isle of Wedmore Golf Club (5 ) 78 73 151+11
3rd Ollie Brimfield Mendip Spring Golf Club (0) 74 77 151+11
5th Bailey Langford Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club (3) 75 7 7152+12
6th Jackson Carey Farrington Park Golf Club (7) 80 79 159+19
7th William O'Halloran Burnham & Berrow Golf Club (5) 81 79 160+20
7th Freddie Turnell Burnham & Berrow Golf Club (4) 80 80 160+20
9th Charlie Goss Clevedon Golf Club (3) 82 79 161+21
10th Joshua Owen Long Ashton Golf Club (11) 87 79 162+22
10th Alex Marshall Farrington Park Golf Club (6) 79 83162+22
2018 County Junior Championship; We were gain indebted to the members and management of Taunton & Pickeridge for allowing us to host the 2018 Junior County Championship on their wonderful course. True to form, the whole of the club was very supportive and made for a memorable championship. In particular, than you Simon Stevenson for your support during the planning of the event, Geoff Mills and his team for preparing the course to the highest standard despit the poor growing conditions. In the Clubhouse we were wonderfully looked after by Debbie Hutt, with John a friendly host behind the bar, and Chef Russell and his kitchen and waiting staff for delicous food delivered with a friendly and efficient service. If anyone is looking for a Sunday Carvery in the Taunton area - head for the golf club!
Thanks also to Mike Hooper and Mark Langford for their assistance, and Steve Olive who was out on the course taking photographs - over 600 of them. The best ones are on display and can be viewed via the Gallery tab. Fantastic job Steve!
Onto the golf! Conditions were dry but we waited in vain for the sun to break through to warm us up. In the morning round, Stanly Richardson put together the round of the day, returning with a score of 71. The competition was a qualifier for the Daily Telegraph tournament, and in 36 hole competitions, they take the scores for the first 18 holes for qualifying purposes. Stanly stole all of the glory, the best gross, and playing off a handicap of 10, the best nett. They also ask who had the best score for an Under 14 player - answer Stanly Richardson!
There were strong performances also from Clevedon's Charlie Goss and Ollie Brimfield, the defending Under 16 Champion, both returning scores of 74. A further shot behing was Freddy Turnell from Burnham & Berrow and Saltford's Louis Archer. Huxley Howell and Jacob Gamble were also poised to strike for the lead.
Stanley was not able to match his morning round and slipped down the field, but still recorded the best nett score on the day. Charlie recorded another consistent round of 75, but Freddy, Ollie, Huxley and Jacob were not able to improve their morning scores. The best round of the afternoon came for Louis, a score of 72 gave a total of 147, and with it the Silver Medal, the Championship and the opportunity to compete for Somerset in the national Champion of Champions competition later in the year.
All in all, another great competition that produced some fine golf and a deserving champion. In addition to the Club, we must also thanl our referees, spotters and all those who worked hard on the day.
Conditions were set fare for the 2017 Junior County Championship, the sun was out and barely a drop of breeze. All set fair for an exciting competition with the added attraction of being able to witness the Somerset Girls Championship taking place.
Alfie Jubb set the pace in the morning round, coming in with a gross 75 and playing off a handicap of 9, matched by Liam O'Mara. Dylan Xanh and Alix Kew both finished with 76, but Dylan's included a 2 shot penalty for playing an incorrectly identified wrong ball.
The weather conditions deteriorated slightly for the afternoon round, the temperature dropped and the wind freshened. Scoring became slightly more difficult for some. With the lower handicappers going out at the back of the field, the leaderboard was changing as each group came in. Alfie could not maintain his earlier good form, shooting an 82 to finish in sixth place, ending with the second best nett score on the day with a nett total of 139. The best nett overall went to Kyle Miller who finised 5 better than handicap on 137. Excellent play from both boys.
In the gross competition, Jake Bovington improved by four shots to overtake Liam O'Mara and take the runners up spot. Ollie Brimfied from Mendip Spring took the Tommy Tulk Trophy for the Best Under 16 score, edging Alfie out on countback. The consistency of Dylan Xanh paid off with another fine round of 73 to take the Championship and the Silver Medal.
SGU President Paul Middleton presented the prizes, thanking the Enmore Park Club, both Members and Staff, and notably Club President Brian Puddy for their hospitality on the day.
A day to remember event though the level of entries was diaspointingly low.
A bright day but with a chilly breeze greeted the competitors at Mendip Spring. The Course Manager had been hard at work on Saturday to prepare the course and greens to the highest standards for the Championship. Scoring was not easy during the morning round which resulted in the CSS going up 2 to 73. Kobe Adams posted the best score of the round with a 74, with Taylor Stote on his shoulder just 2 shots behind. A further shot back was Farrington Parks' Louis Archer.
Condions improved a little in the afternoon, and the competition hotted up as Kobe and Taylor battled it out. Kobe put up strong resistance but was finally pipped after a birdie on 17 gave Taylor a one shot advantage. Both players managed a par on 18 and Taylor took the title in a match played with true spormanship in evidence all day.
Mendip Springs' Dylan Xanh stepped up to win the Under 16 Trophy to notch his 3rd consecutive title, having been Under 14 champion in 2014 and 2015. Lewis Coward from Long Sutton put in 2 consistent rounds to take the prize for best net score.
Saltford Golf Club provided a fine test of golf for the competitors in this years Junior County Championship. Course Manager Darren Moxon presented the course in great condition with the greens running fast and true. In the morning round, Kobe Adams from Taunton & Pickeridge set the early pace with an opening round of 70. Taylor Stote from Burnham & Berrow suffered a disappointing start and scored 10 on the opening par 5. However, he immediately bounced back with a birdie 2 at the second and was level par for the remainder of his round. A total of 76 was a great response and kept him very much in contention for the competition. In 2nd place at the halfway stage was Jamie Li from Bath GC with an opening 73. Huxley Howell opened his account with a gross 74 (net 67) on his home course.
As the 2nd round got underway, the spectators were wondering whether the in form pair of Jamie and Taylor would make a challenge and whether Kobe could hold on to his lead. In the end, both Jamie and Taylor came back with sub par rounds of 67 and 69 respectively, Jamie taking the title with a 2 under par total of 140.
SGU President Tommy Tulk had presented a new trophy for the best score from a player under 16, and this was won by Taylor Stote with a total of 145.
Saltford Captain Brian Wheeler joined the presentation party to welcome the players and the SGU to Saltford. It was also nice to see the former SGU Barrie Lake for the afternoon round.
Our very grateful thanks to the members and staff of Saltford Golf Club, in particular Manager Mike Penn and Bar Manager Charmaine who was called into action to administer first aid to a young man who was feeling poorly. Also a very special thank you to Saltford Junior Organiser David Phillips who lent his considerable support to running the competition on the day,