For the second successive year, the BJGT made the trip to the Kent coast to test the players round the links of LIttlestone Warren GC.
Superb links test!
Not the longest of courses, but on another clear, sunny day, the field faced a true, hard-baked, undulating links course with a slight breeze off the sea.
With a single Junior Open field playing 18 holes, Jack Lee showed this made no difference to his 2018 form ,as he stepped up from the 11-13 Division to claim a Gross win, but only after a countback was required to separate him and Sid Neean, after posting matching 73s. Jake Plumb was only a single shot behind in third, after a fine 74. Ben Searle took the top spot in the Net Division with a superb 62, but again only by a single stroke from Ciara Rushmer, who carded a 63, and with trophies being passed down, Luke Harris took third place with a solid 65.
The 9-hole divisions were also incredibly competitive, and as close as ever!
The 9-10 age group saw Ronnie Groves take the win, with a brilliant level par 36, and extend his lead at the top of the Order of Merit over Billy Wood, who finished in a 3-way tie for third on 39 with Tom Chapman and home player, Arthur Saunders. Rohan Neat separated them in second following his 37.
Lila-Belle Nacca headed the girls’ field in this division with a fine 39 (+3) ahead of Alanna Ross in second.
The 7-8 Division saw Ellis Kerr head to San Diego for the IMG Academy Junior World Championships on a victory, as he also carded a level par round (36) to claim the win, and close the gap on Michael Haywood at the top of the Order of Merit to just 2 points. Michael, however, maintained his position at the top of the table after finishing just a shot behind Ellis on the day and two shots in front of Muhammad-Ammaar Mirza in third.
Dylan Barney returned to winning ways in the 6 & Under Division in timely fashion, as he also heads to the US to represent BJGT and the UK. His 35 (-1) was the best of the day to close the gap at the top of their Order of Merit on Sebastian Duffield, who finished in a tie for second with Sully Donald, after a pair of 36s.
The results and quality of golf speak for themselves, with no more than one shot separating any winner from second place, multiple ties, and juniors shooting superb scores.
Our yardages are obviously working well, as every age group is capable of level par or better when playing from distances appropriate for their age!
The BJGT now moves on to arguably the toughest Par 3 in the country, Nailcote Hall, for our Junior Par 3 and British Par 3 Championship Qualifier on July 15th.