The 2017 Boys Championship was held at Langdon Hills Golf Club in windy & wet playing conditions, with the Boys under 16 and under 18 Championships at stake.
The morning round was very overcast and the wind continued to blow, making conditions tough. When the rain started to fall once everyone was out on the course, conditions meant that patience and experience would play a big part in this year’s Championship.
The two names that some expected to do well, Arron Edwards-Hill from Chelmsford and Curtis Knipes from Abridge, fought well to return matching scores of 73 in the morning round, dropping just one shot over their first 18 holes. However, the two county players were not leading the field at the half way stage. A brilliant level par round of 72 by Teddy Papple from Stock Brook Manor was enough to take a one-shot lead going into the second and final round. This round of 72 (E) meant that Teddy will be entered in to The Telegraph / Vitality Junior Championship. We run this qualifier every year on the morning round of the Boys Championship. We wish Teddy the best of luck in qualifying to the finals.
The afternoon round was even tougher as the rain fell heavier and more consistently than the morning. There were a few competitors that felt the weather was a little too miserable, however most of the field continued to battle the elements. The scoring was equally as strong as the morning despite the difficult conditions. Samuel Kinnane from The Warren climbed the leaderboard following a score of 74 (+2). Harry Moncur from Abridge also made a charge also carding a 74, finishing on 150 (+6) for the day, finishing one ahead of Samuel Kinnane. This left a few players out on the course that could take the title. Teddy Papple could not match his morning form and slipped down the leaderboard with an afternoon round of 82, finishing tenth overall. We are sure Teddy will be competing for this event over the next few years as he has time on his side. Curtis Knipes managed to return with an identical score in the afternoon of 73 (+1) which meant a total for the day of 146 (+2). A great days work, only to be beaten by one shot by Arron Edwards-Hill who improved on his morning round by one with a level par 72. His total of 145 was not only a fantastic effort in horrible conditions, it was also sufficient to land Arron the title. A very well deserved victory after missing out in a playoff two years ago at Garon Park.
The Under 16 Championship which is also run on the same day saw Harry Moncur’s impressive total of 150 pick up the trophy. Congratulations to Harry.
A special thank you to Langdon Hills Golf Club and their members for their hospitality.
U12 Championship / Brian Fuller Trophy
Thursday 27th July 2017, White Tees, Maldon
The Under 12 Championship was hosted by Maldon Golf Club this year and the weather was unkind for the juniors, but the course was presented beautifully, with many of the competitors and parents commenting on how well the course played despite the weather. It started dry and warm, but then proceeded to cloud over, drop a few degrees in temperature and rain seemed imminent. It wasn’t until every player was out on the course that the weather decided to take that turn for the worst.
Fortunately, it didn’t deter any of them from completing their round. There were two that did not post a score, one due to falling ill on the course, the other, Dawson Langan (Langdon Hills), last year’s Winner of the nett prize and Brian Fuller Trophy winner. Dawson was bitterly disappointed with an NR after he failed to hole out on a hole later in his round. Our thoughts go out to both as they had all intentions of finishing their rounds despite the rain.
This year saw 23 Under 12 year olds battling it out for the U12 Championship based on the best Gross score and the Brian Fuller Trophy which is awarded to the best Nett score on the day.
Oliver Baker (Colchester) won the Brian Fuller Trophy with a very respectable score of 68. Countback was needed to separate Oliver and Henry Styles (Romford) who also carded a nett 68. Congratulations Oliver.
The U12 Championship was not quite as tight at the top. Louis Vallis (Thorndon Park) had a solid score of 84 which was good enough to take the Championship this year by three shots from Callum Chamberlain (Braintree). Alexander Wall (West Essex) was third with a very good score of 91 off a handicap of 22.
Our thanks go to Maldon Golf Club for hosting the event and offering their course for the day which was in magnificent condition.