A war of attrition at Welwyn Garden City GC on Good Friday…
This is the only way that we can describe the truly testing conditions in the afternoon, with relentless rain falling from lunchtime, coupled with freezing temperatures, which made it a real battle to get round.
The welcome, assistance and attention from the club, however, was a very different story, as David and John couldn’t have been more helpful both in the clubhouse and walking the course chatting to the players.
Let’s start with our youngest division (6 & Under), who had the worst of the conditions from start to finish, as Sebastian Duffield carded a remarkable 46 to reverse the result from Edgbaston GC last week, taking the win from Dylan Barney in second, with Sully Donald securing another 3rd place trophy.
The 7-8 Division was no less impressive or competitive, with Michael Haywood firing a superb 43 in the top spot, two shots ahead of Ellis Kerr and tour newcomer Fraser Walters, with matching 45s.
Roisin Scanlon showed the boys how it’s done, taking not only the girls title, but also shooting the best of the day overall in the 9-10 category following her 44, from Lila-Belle Nacca in 2nd with 52. Billy Wood edged out Henry Price on countback for the boys, as they both finished on 45, with Ben Sessions and Ronnie Groves tied on 46 in 3rd. This division continues to be hotly contested after 3 events.
Jack Lee continued his dominance in the 11-13s with another fine display, as his 78 was good enough to take maximum points once again from Henry Meadows in 2nd with 86. Sunny Wang took home the top girls trophy after a 91 from Jessica Pilgrim in 2nd with 97.
Lewis Beeden and Ed Keech took full advantage of being first out in the Mixed Division, having the best of the conditions and were safely in the clubhouse by the time the worst of the weather hit. Lewis fired a fabulous 75 gross to claim the top spot, with Ed two shots further back after a 77, as Grace Rigby-Walden secured the girls win with a fine 85. In the Net Division, Justin Mackinlay, on his tour debut, made it back to the clubhouse with a 72 to take the winner’s trophy ahead of Jenson Berridge and Nick Curran following matching 75s.
Let’s hope that is the end of the bad weather and things pick up once we get into April, the Tour moves on to Cumberwell Park GC in three weeks’ time, with another full field looking for Order of Merit points!
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