EG HARD CARD
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54- hole Competition - 18 holes Day 1 - 36 holes Day 2.
Open to both Boys and Girls aged under 18 on January 1st 2024
Maximum Entry of 63 competitors, of which 12 are reserved for girls If over subscription.
Entry Closing Date Monday 22nd July 12.00hrs 2024
Maximum Handicap index Boys 4.0, Girls 6.0 on the day that the start sheet is published
Reserve List: Will be created based on WHS index, regardless of subsiquest index changes
Entrance Fee: £75.00 which includes a 1 course meal after R3
PRACTICE ROUNDS: GOLFERS CAN BOOK PRACTICE ROUNDS WITH THE CLUB BY CONTACTING THEM AT ENQUIRIES@BURNHAMGOLF.CO.UK OR CALLING 01278 785760 (OPTION ONE)
FOR ANY INQUIRIES, FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT TO ROB DAVIS, SECRETARY SOMERSET GOLF UNION, AT 07476 319281 OR VIA EMAIL AT SECRETARY@SOMERSETGOLFUNION.CO.UK.
Supported By The Senior Golfers' Society of Great Britain
MORTON BAILEY (WEST HOVE GC) WINS THE 2022 WEST OF ENGLAND U18 CHAMPIONSHIP AT BURNHAM & BERROW GOLF CLUB
SUMMER CARASH (THE KENDLESHIRE) WINS THE GIRLS TROPHY
(Thank you to the Senior's Golfing Society and Tommy Tulk for the support given to Junior Golf)
Summer Carash & Morton Bailey
Challenging conditions with a moderate rising to stiff breeze on day! The early starters certainly had the best of the conditions as their score suggested.
Dylan John (Saltford) and Brendon Skidmore (Cotswold Hills) lead the field at the end of the day on 70 gross -1 with the defending champion Freddie Turnell (Burnham & Berrow) in close contention at level par.
Morton Bailey (West Hope), Tobias Clark (Cumberwell Park), Teddy Crook (Luffenham Heath) Leo Vorobyev (Wentworth), Toby Janes (The Kendleshire) and Theo Anderson Gannon (Burnham & Berrow) were all within 3 shots of the overnight leaders.
As for the girls, only a few shots separated the field, so all to play for R2 & R3
First tee time o7.30 and not a puff of Breese! Today scores were guaranteed to tumble.
With Burnham & Berrow in top condition the early starters began to make way for the overnight leaders. As cards were returned scores began to reflect the quality field assembled. 45 players returned mid 70’s or below.
The best of R2 came from Jack Dart who’s +8 R1 was backed up with a dazzling -5 R2 gross 66. Ash Millington (The Players was -6 through the 8th, finishing on 67 and a 36 hole total level par.
Overnight leaders Dylan and Brann followed up with solid low rounds, 71 and 72. Freddie’s 73 for 144 kept him in the hunt, along with Tobias, Morton & Teddy who all returned low 70’s, AS DID Harvey Dobson (Beaconsfield) who’s 70 gross was 11 shots better that his opening round!
The girls scoring also improved, Summer shot 73, Lilianna Marshall (Farrington Park) trimmed2 shots off R1 returning a 75 R2. Scarlett Phillips, (Ferndown 77) and others in contention.
The weather remained kind and scoring throughout the field mirrored R2. As the day reached its climax Summer Carash ended on 229 82-73-7=227 and comfortably won the Girls West of England and received the new trophy, donated by Tommy Tulk, Past President Somerset Golf Union. In 2nd Scarlett & Taylor Hodgson were also in the prizes following very good scores in R2 & R3.
The battle for the boys West of England was always going to be close, a play off likely. With only a handful of matches remaining on course 215 looked unlikely to be low enough! Ash and Dylan both finished on 215, Brandon 70-72-72=214 and Tobias 71-73-69 214. With only 2 cards to come Freddie returned his best round of the Championship to sneak into the lead by a single shot 71-73-69=213.
Then the round of the afternoon, Morton Bailey from West Hove GC, blew the field apart, 73-71-66=210 and a 3 shot victory! Very well played Morton, an excellent Championship and quality final round to become the West of England U18 Open Amateur Champion 2023
This years West of England U18 attracted a capacity field and a healthy reserve list until the exceptional weather intervened. Who would have imagined such a dry spell and fairways burnt to a crisp.
Drastic measures were needed to minimise damage and a temporary ruling introduced where the use of portable mats on all fairways and par 3 tees became compulsory!
Competitors were informed and many decided to withdraw! Thankfully others saw this as an entry opportunity and come day 1 the field was almost back to capacity.
Day 1, 18 holes: First off, Daniel Hayes -3.0 Bramhall GC & Burnham member, Freddie Turnell -3.9, weather conditions good and no mats!!
Freddie’s open 69 gross was matched by Morton Bailey West Hove GC, the pair leading the field at the close of play by a single shot from Tom Canavan 0.2 Enmore Park GC and a clutch of others in the low 70’s.
Our leading lady at the conclusion of round was Ellie Monk Sunningdale GC subsequent rounds of 78 and 77 would see Ellie slip down the leader board.
Day 2 36 holes: On arrival the fine weather of yesterday had given way and a nasty drizzle welcomed the competitors with play underway by 8am in reverse order. Freddie and Morton were joined by Tom and at the end of the field.
Thankfully our morning rain didn’t take over proceedings but kept returning throughout. Umbrella were up and down, as was the breeze. Scoring overall remained consistent with some drifting out and others improving on R1
Most notable and right into contention Cameron Young -2.9 Salisbury& South Wilts GC returned the lowest score of the Championship. His 67 made up for an opening 75 and set a level par 142 target. Tom Canavan remained in touch carding a 74 as Bailey Morton suffered in the rain. Last in. overnight leader, Freddie’s second 69 set up a final round and a 4 shot advantage over the field.
Final Round: As the afternoon and early evening came and went the overall result was clear well before close. Cameron Young was unable to repeat his R2 67 and finished with a 76, Championship total 218. Ellis Bright -2.2 Cumberwell Park GC, 71-76-71=218, Stanley White -1.7 Saunton GC 72-74-73=219 and Phillipp Krone -1.2 Moseley GC 74-71-75=220 would all finish in the prizes.
Best girls finish and winner of the U18 West of England Shield 2022, Frankie Dezis -1.9 Farrington Park 77-71-76=224 just pipping Jess Haines -2.0 Burnhan & Berrow by 2 shots. Ellis Bright claimed the boys U18 West of England Shield as runner up
Freddie Turnell was never in danger of giving up his lead and a solid 70 to add to back to back 69’s and 5 under par total of 208 saw him lift the Championship that slipped from his grasp the previous year in a 3 way play off.