On Day 1, the Bracken Course, with its American feel and undulating greens, provided the test, while the world-renowned Hotchkin Course, needing no introduction, rightly decided the results on Day 2.
A reduced field for the 9-10 age category, due to the handicap restrictions, saw two players make a clean sweep of the trophies: Lewis Karim continued his rapid progression this season with runner-up trophies in both Gross and Net Divisions, after rounds of 93 and 97, while Luca Randall finished 2018 on a real high, taking the overall win in both Divisions with rounds of 92 and 85. Lila-Belle Nacca deserves a special mention after leading the field on Day 1 with 90, which resulted in a 5-shot handicap cut, to 19.4!
The 11-12s provided a scintillating competition, as four players went into Day 2 within 4 shots of the lead!
Ben Bolton, the overnight leader after an 81 on Day 1, held his nerve superbly to hold off a valiant fightback from Charlie Ward round the front 9 of the Hotchkin, to claim the Gross Division win with a 2-day total of 165.
Sunny Wang and Jake Valentine tied at the top of the Net Division with totals of 146 over the two days, with Sunny coming out on top of the countback with her 71, the better total round the Hotchkin.
The 13-14 Division, playing for Jakarta World Junior Championship places, saw a magical 71 (-1) and best-of-the-day from Tyler Weaver on Day 1, which put him firmly in the driving seat, meaning a solid day on the Hotchkin would see him safely top the table, and that is exactly what he did. With a total of 153, Tyler headed the field by 10 shots ahead of Skye Slijepcevic in second; he also unsurprisingly topped the Net Division, but only by 2 shots from James Bould, who carded totals of 143 and 145, respectively.
Leah Ribano took the Gross win, and the Jakarta World Junior Championship place, in the 13-14 Girls Division. After matching 81s on Day 1, she and Jessica Brown went head-to-head on Day 2, with Leah coming out on top with 88 round the Hotchkin. Places were reversed in the Net Division after Jess’ superb 61 on Day 1, meaning she finished well ahead of the field.
In the 15-17 category, Jake Sowden, desperate to get back to Jakarta, having played in the World Junior Championship there twice before, produced a superb 72 (-1) just when he needed it round the Hotchkin, to win his place on the 2019 Jakarta Team. After the Bracken Course, at the half-way stage, 6 players were within 3 shots of the lead, so nerves were bound to play a part on Day 2.
Jake’s 72 gave him a total of 147 (+2), while Teddy Hall fired rounds of 77 & 76 to take second on 153.
Julia Kerrigan completed the BJGT Jakarta Team, as she took the Girls 15-17 title with a pair of 79s, good enough for a 2-shot victory over Caitlin Thomas, who finished a close second.
Ciara Egan claimed the narrowest of wins in the 15-17 Net Division with her total of 147, a single shot better than Julia, who added a runner-up trophy to her haul.
Two days at the home of England Golf was the perfect end to the 2018 season, it has been a superb year on the BJGT, so we look forward to making 2019 even bigger and better!
Above are a few photos taken at the event.