SIR MICHAEL BONALLACK TROPHY
Thorpe Hall Golf Club - 19th May 2017
Following a three day deluge of rain prior to this competition it took a great effort by the Green Keeping staff at Thorpe Hall to ensure the players had an excellent course to challenge themselves against. The field found the tight and well manicured course tough due to the wet ground conditions, with early starter Bobby Parmar (Abridge) setting the pace with a two over par 73. This was matched a little later by Jason Renton (Basildon) and James Mack (Stoke by Nayland). Joshua Cardy (Three Rivers) then submitted a level par 71 along with Jack Garnett (Five Lakes), and finally as the last players completed their morning round we had two sub-par rounds. Callum Hilton (The Warren) completed his round in 70, and Jack Brown (Chelmsford) held the morning Clubhouse lead with an excellent round of 69.
The Colts Championship for Under 21’s is run in conjunction with The Sir Michael Bonallack and this year the halfway lead was also held by Jack Brown with his two under par 69, followed by Callum Hilton’s 70.
In the afternoon both Bobby Parmar and Jason Renton improved on their 1st round scores with one over par 72’s, setting the Clubhouse lead at 145. Jamie Reynolds (Bentley) then submitted the best 2nd round score to date with a level par 71, which was soon matched by James Mack, the latter player setting a new Clubhouse target of 144. One of the county’s young rising stars, Harvey Sullivan (Abridge), made a big improvement on his morning round, completing his 2nd round in a one under par 70, a great effort after a disappointing morning.
Jack Brown, the 1st round leader, followed up with a very steady 73 in the afternoon to take the Clubhouse lead with a 142 total, with only a couple of groups remaining out on the course. Josh Cardy could only manage a 73 in the afternoon to finish in a group of players on 144, and in the final group to finish Alex Woodward (Boyce Hill) submitted the best score of the day, a 68, but was left rueing his morning round of 76 as it left him in the group of 144 totals.
It was another good performance for Alex Woodward, his third podium finish in this event in three years, and his second runner-up finish in a 2017 Order of Merit event. He now leads the Order of Merit table after three events. But the champion golfer of the day was Jack Brown, as his two round total, a level par 144 was enough to win the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy, and the Colts Championship. Congratulations Jack!
Third place in the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy went to James Mack on countback, and he also finished runer up in the Colts Championship with his 144 total, with Bobby Parmar finishing in third place. The nett prizes went to Jamie Reynolds with a 137 nett score, followed by another young rising star Teddy Papple (Stock Brook Manor) with a nett 139.
Thorpe Hall was in fabulous condition and their hospitality, as always was impeccable. Thank you to the Club, their staff and the members for giving up their course for the day.
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Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy
& Colts Championship
Jack Brown (Chelmsford)