WOW – What a team!
Team BJGT out in San Diego has represented us superbly – excellent performances throughout, they should all be feeling very proud of themselves!
Leading from the front, almost literally, was Jaxson Perry, who produced brilliant rounds of -7 and -4 on days 2 and 3 to finish tied Runner Up in the 7-8 division, a fantastic effort, Jaxson – well played! Hayden Sarfo made it two BJGT players in the Top 10 in that division, as he finished 9th (excellent effort Hayden!), and Ellis Kerr made it a hat-trick of fine finishes, just missing the Top 30 in 31st place.
Dylan Barney had targeted a -16 score for round 3 to win the 6 & Under division – aim high Dylan, we love that! However, he should be chuffed with a 59 (+5) and a Top 10 finish, well done, Dylan!
Louie Walsh just missed a Top 10 place in the 11-12 division, but a fine display of superb consistent golf, 71 / 72 / 71 saw him finish 13th – well played, Louie! Sam Epstein finished well inside the top half of the field in the same division, highlighted by a fine 73 in round 2, so a very successful age group for the BJGT.
The Boys 13-14 age group proved to be tricky, but Jake Sowden added to his international experience in 2018, now having played on three continents this season. He finished in the Top 50, inside the top 1/3 of the field, but the real drama was saved for Marco Cuartero.
Marco, having won the Junior World putting competition at the Opening Ceremony, decided after round 1 to practice with his younger brother; unfortunately, they did this on the competition course. This resulted in him being disqualified for practicing on the course between rounds! Marco took this decision very maturely, and he will undoubtedly learn from it, but has vowed to come back stronger in Las Vegas next week, at the World Stars of Junior Golf.
Billy Wood and Alex Alder had a very close finish in the 9-10 Division, with just a shot between them after 3 rounds, as Billy finished 50th and Alex 58th, both in the top half of the field.
The oldest division, 15-18, is always a very tough age group, with some of the best amateurs in the world taking part each year. Playing the US Open Course, Torrey Pines South, it’s as tough a course as you’re likely to find anywhere, so making the cut after 3 rounds is a big ask. Ben Allen and Mark Haghani both finished tied on +18 for the 3 rounds, so they gave a very good account of themselves.
The girls in the top division also found it tough, playing Torrey Pines North, but Hannah Cash and Lucy Bedford will have learned so much from the experience of playing at this level, so we know that they will come back highly motivated.
Jessica Pilgrim was our only player in the girls 13-14 age group, but loved every minute – Jess is always hugely positive and was no different on her international debut. We have no doubt that she will come back to the UK and the BJGT with her eyes wide open to the quality out there and what is needed to beat them.
Estelle Berbner in the 9-10 Division found her feet and finished on a high with her best round of the week saved for the final day. We know that this will have whetted her appetite for more, so look forward to seeing her back on the BJGT later this season.
Our youngest girls, Arianna Virik and Lucie Strnadova, in the 7-8 division, were fantastic representatives of the BJGT, and they should be taking a huge amount of positives from an experience like this while so young. Meeting and competing against the best youngsters in the world is an amazing and motivating opportunity, so well done, girls!
We have to say how proud we are of the 2018 BJGT Junior World Championship Team! The team spirit you all showed was fantastic, we’ve loved the WhatsApp Group that has seen everyone encouraging and congratulating each other throughout the competition.
We hope you’ve all enjoyed the experience, we know you’re coming back better players, so we look forward to seeing you all soon!