This years event was over subscribed with competitors from all over the County and from Europe turning up the majestic Burnham and Berrow Links.
DAY 1 Round 1;
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)
DAY 2 Round 2;
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.
DAY 3 Final Round;
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.
The dust is just settling after the first playing of the competition, and we have enjoyed a compelling 54 holes of golf resulting in a very worthy Champion in Oliver Smith from Royal Ashdown Forest. The prize for the Best Girls Gross score went to Kate Bibby from Ross-onWye with Shergo Al Kurdi from Wisley recording the Best Boys Gross
In Round 1, Ollie shot a score of 65 to establish himself at the top of the leaderboard, and with the score counting as a Daily Telegraph qualifier, he could well find himself heading off to the finals at the PGA Catalunya! Two further sub par rounds gave him the title with a total of 205, a full 10 shots clear of the field.