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Boys win EG Northern Qualifier

Boys triumph again in England Golf Northern Boys Qualifier

This year we were in Lancashire at Childwall GC, a James Braid golf course of 6550yds, par72.

The weather on the day was very hot, around 29C and slight wind in the morning turning stronger for the afternoon round. It is a lovely course presented in good condition with excellent greens, but you needed to position yourself, not driver on every hole!

This year was a totally new side apart from Tom Hartshorne who played in last years event. Josh Stephens our Boys Captain as been out of golf since Christmas with a back injury and decided he was not ready to play. But came along to support the team.

We got off to a steady start in the morning with Alex Boyes leading the way, turning in 2 under, with 3 birdies and a bogey. He was playing some great golf and came home in level par with two birdies and two bogeys finishing and leading in the clubhouse on 70. Tai Naylor was next out and bogeyed the first, but followed it with a birdie on the second, pars followed until the sixth where he had 3 bogeys to be out in 3 over. He played the back nine in I under to finish with a good 74. Sam Norman played the front nine well turning in 2 under and with some excellent golf on the back nine, 3 birdies and a silly bogey on fourteen returned the best morning round of 4 under 68. Benjy started reasonably well over the first few holes then hit trouble on seven and eight where he bogeyed and double bogeyed to turn in 4 over. Again, he met with rouble on the back nine to finish with 6 over 78. Luke Thornton was like Benjy starting with a birdie on the par 5 second to sadly follow with bogeys on three of the remaining front nine holes to be out in 2 over. Two more bogeys and a double on the par 3 sixteenth cost him dearly finishing with 78. Our final player was last year’s Tom Hartshorne who had a couple of bogeys in the front nine with one birdie to be out in 1 over. He just didn’t get going in the back nine with four bogeys and a birdie to finish on 4 over 76.

We finished the morning session on 6 over of the five counting scores which put us ahead of Cheshire on 14 over, eight shots the difference so not a terrific margin! The boys knew what they had to do, and they set off in good spirits for the afternoon session.

Alex came home with a round of 72 which included two birdies and two bogeys to set the pace. Tai followed him with a good round of 73 which include four birdies and 5 bogeys. Sam started poorly knocking his second shot on the par 5 second out of bounds to finish with a seven but followed this with two birdies on the next two holes to get himself back to level and turn in level. He had a par on ten but followed this with another double bogey on eleven and a birdie on twelve to settle the ship! He parred in to finish with a 73 so an excellent score given the two double bogeys. Benjy started with a bogey on the first and sadly the wheels fell of turning in 8 over. But good on him he performed better on the back nine, I over to finish with an 81. Luke had a mixed start with three bogeys, a double and two birdies to turn in 3 over and the back nine was very similar, 4 over to finish with 79. Our final player Tom started with two bogeys and then a double on the fourth, another bogey on seven, birdie on eight to be out in 4 over, not the start he was looking to! Tom is a fighter, so the back nine to him was going to be different. He had birdies on eleven and fifteen and a superb eagle on the par 5 fourteenth to be back to level par. A bogey on sixteen followed by a birdie on fifteen to finish level, what a player!

Our afternoon score added to 9 over which was great! We finally finished 12 ahead of Cheshire to take the England Golf Northern Counties Qualifier and proceed to the final to be played at Teignmouth GC in Devon last week in August. Sam Norman took the leading stokeplay trophy with a score of 141 which includes automatic entry into the England Golf U18 Carris Trophy, congratulations to Sam.

This was a tremendous effort by these guys, they prepared as a team, worked as a team and played as a team, Team Yorkshire! The team spirit was fantastic as always, each and everyone being supportive of each other helping where required. Once again, I am so proud of these guys. I must thank our travelling coach Craig Fricker from Styrrup Hall GC who did a brilliant job in our preparation. Thanks also go to Frank Greaves, our U16 Manager for all his support to me and the team.

Well done guys!



Philip Woodcock

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