YORKSHIRE BOYS AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
72 young hopefuls tee’d off at Fulford G.C. on 1st June for the 2016 Yorkshire Boys Amateur Championship. The field included many of the County’s best junior players, and it was pleasing to note the strong entry in the Under 16 category.
Fulford is never easy, and although the weather stayed dry, the cool breeze made conditions more difficult. This was reflected by the CSS, which went up to 74 for both rounds.
The morning scores showed many in the mid- to late- seventies, and over half the field at 80 or more. The leading score included 7 players on 76; a 75 from Jeehvan Singh [Cookridge Hall] gave him 5th place, just behind the 74’s from Daniel Bradbury [Wakefield] and Matthew Roberts [Fulford]. Fellow Fulford member Charlie Thornton was in second place, one better on 73. However, the star of the morning was Thomas Gray [Moortown] with a magnificent 69, giving him a 4 stroke lead.
The afternoon did not prove any easier for many; indeed, some had trouble matching their morning performance. Noticeable however were some significant variations – Barclay Brown [Hallamshire] returned a 7 shot better 74, whilst Charlie Thornton went the other way for a second round 82. Amongst those who had really struggled in the morning, 9, 10, or even 11 shot improvements were to be found – well done indeed!
At the top of the leader-board, Joe Allenby [Hessle] produced a 74 to go with a 76, for a total of 150. This proved just one shot too many, for Charlie Daughtrey [Rotherham] added a 73 to his 76, and his 149 total won him the Under 16 prize, the Neil Hardman Salver.
In the Under 18 category, Daniel Bradbury [Wakefield] carded a 73 for an aggregate score of 147, to secure second place. The Sand Moor Trophy for the overall winner went to Thomas Gray [Moortown], who hung onto the lead, with a final total of 145 [69, 76].