Round 1. Very difficult! wind up, rough tough and a front 9 that ended the hopes and aspirations of many competitors. Thankfully the rain held off but that was little comfort as scores came in and anyone under gross 80 were proud of their performance and their resilience against the odds.
By close of play the overnight leader Matthew Hawke Burhill GC had managed to complete and return a fantastic 74 gross. A one-shot advantage over Ben Mcfadden Castle Royal and Noah Cambridge Royal Lytham & St Anns. Burham’s own Freddie Turnell was well placed on 76.
Round 2 and 3 were played on Wednesday 18th with an early start and late finish. Overnight the casualties of the day before became obvious as players dropped out suffering physical and mental injury one would expect.
The Championship starter Tony Mason,President of Somerset Golf Union worked wonders juggling the ever-changing start sheet. And a host of ball spotters ventured on to the links hoping for less to do than on the opening day.
Wind remained challenging but conditions where a slight improvement as scores began to improve. That said a Championship Links when the wind blows presents a formidable challenge with trouble around every corner, and so it proved as our overnight leader who reached the turn in 49 shots. A quadruple bogey on the short par 4 3rd and double bogeys at 5,6 and 7 is enough to end anyone’s day but credit is due as Matthew dug deep to come back in 36 but off the pace.
Ben Mcfadden, Noah Cambridge and Freddie Turnell kept up the pressure as each returned gross 73’s having battled through the front 9 and holding it together coming home. So on 148 Ben and Noah held a single shot advantage over Freddie with Joshua Millington The Kendleshire GC 76-75-151 and Joshua Creig Cottesmore GC 77-76-153 in contention.
So, into the final round with all to play for, could Nathan Woodham West Hill GC improve on his R2 73 or Dewi John Saltford GC eclipse his R2 74 and put pressure on the leaders? Step up Joshua Millington, birdie down the last for a 73 and 224 target! Noah Cambridge dropped 5 shots between 6-9 and was out in 42! No way back and an 81 final round drop to equal 5th along with Milan Reed Long Ashton GC 78-77-74 and Ashley Millington The Player GC. Joshua Craig finished with with a 75 for outright 4th and in pursuit of Joshua Millington came Ben Mcfadden and Freddie Turnell.
For those of you who know the final straight at Burnham & Berrow you know how the last 3 can make or break you score! Playing down wind and running Ben finished 4 4 4 Par Bogey Par and tied in 1st place on 224. Freddie, par at 16, Par at 17 and without knowing a par at the last would see him win outright by a single shot! It was not to be, and a Bogey 5 set up a 3 way playoff.
Sudden Death With light fading the Championship Committee gambled on a sudden death format! Par 4’s for Freddie and Joshua, birdie 3 for Ben!
So, our overall West of England U18 Champion 2021, Ben Mcfadden Castle Royal GC 75-73-76 Total 224. Best girls Isabella Hopkins JNR Bristol & Clifton GC 82-83-78 Total 243 from runner up Alice Webb Parkstone GC, Total 245.
It’s been a challenging 3 rounds at the fabulous Burnham & Berrow Championship Course. Our thanks to the members, staff, and management of the club for hosting this prestigious event and the continued support of the Seniors Golfing Society for their support of Junior Golf in the West of England and beyond.
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54 hole Competition - 18 holes Tuesday - 36 holes Wednesday Open to both Boys and Girls aged 18 or under on January 1st 2021 Maximum Entry of 63 competitors, of which 12 are reserved for girls If over subscription, a ballot will be held on the closing date exact playing handicap Closing Date 3rd August 2021 Maximum Handicap index 6.4
Supported By The Senior Golfers' Society of Great Britain
Not played 2020
This years event was over subscribed with competitors from all over the County and from Europe turning up the majestic Burnham and Berrow Links.
A true test of golf as the wind made scoring on the front 9 especially challenging. Pace of play slowed with ball after ball leaving the fairways as competitors struggled to the turn. The back 9 gave more opportunity and overall scores improved. By the end of round six players had managed to score under par with a three way tie on -1 Club house leaders overnight; Mannie Wellman (Weymouth GC) Oscar Bartram (Notts GC) and William Horne (Thorndon Park GC)
On arrival the course looked at its best and with no wind everyone went out knowing that a low score was a possibility. Six players returned scores of par or better, the best of the pack Samuel West (Liphook GC) coming in with a 3 under par 68. Our over night leaders all returned one over par 72’s and a host of other players made improvements on their opening scores. By the end of the round the field had bunched up and there was no clear indication who would triumph at the end of a very long day.
With the possibility of a play off to decide this year’s Championship competitors were urged to keep up with the pace of play and much credit must be give to those out early as rounds under 3.5 hours were achieved. Scoring also improved as twenty two players scored par or better . Divina Xanh (Mendip Spring GC) finished the Championship on 235 (81-79-75) to win the best girl’s 54 gross with Jessica Brown (Cirencester GC) taking the best 54 nett.
Round 1 leader William Horne 70-72-75 total 217 slipped to 6th place, Joshua Pritchett (Northamptonshire County GC) 72-72-72 total 216 5th Harry Malan (Bogner Regis GC 71-70-74 total 215 4th. Also on 215 and 3rd on countback Oscar Bartram (Notts GC) 70-72-73.
Runner up Ben Partridge (Epson GC) 71-70-71 total 212 had been in the clubhouse and looking like he had managed to pull away from the pack until the round of the tournament left Ben in 2nd place.
Our 2019 winner had arrived at the tournament as the lowest handicapper on -2 and had recorded scores of 72-73 in the opening rounds. A little off the pace but in contention his final round began with a birdie and further birdies at the 3rd and 4th saw him reach the turn in 33. A birdie 3 at the tenth and another birdie at the 16th followed by two more pars concluded his round, 66 gross without a single dropped shot.
Playoff avoided as his total of 211 (2 under par) was enough by 1 shot, Joe Retford (Cumberwell Park GC) West of England U18 Champion 2019.
Our thanks goes to the members and staff of Burnham and Berrow GC for hosting this event and a special thanks to everyone who gave up their time to assist in the organisation and running of the tournament.