The BJGT finally arrived at Dale Hill GC for an event first organised in 2019 and planned for 2020!
It was well worth the wait, as we uncovered another gem of a course, with a fantastic team headed by John, who put on a fantastic event – many thanks for having us!
The 11-12 Boys Division led the way and what a division it turned out to be, with an incredibly close set of results, as four players finished within one shot of each other, leaving two tied at the top and two tied for second.
Riley Banks edged out Justin Chenu over the last 6 holes for the win, after matching rounds of 80. They were chased home by Ellis Kerr and Justin’s brother, Patrick, who both carded rounds of 81, with Ellis getting the decision over the back 9.
The 13-14 Boys Division were second onto the course and matched the younger players ahead of them for a thrilling event.
William Muldoon took the top spot with a fine round of 73 on the tricky tree-lined course, just a single shot ahead of Bailee Taylor. Both boys moved up the early Order of Merit table.
The Junior Open Girls Division saw a fantastic daily double for Renoa Azmir, as she took both the Gross and Net titles with totals of 82 and 72, respectively, leaving Chrisha Thapa in second on the Gross leaderboard, five shots back, and Anastasia Symes in second in the Net result, but only after a countback, as she matched Renoa’s 72.
Great to see plenty of girls out there competing, accounting for more than one third of the field, with three in the top 6 places in the overall Net standings!
The Boys Gross Division was another category with a single shot separating the Top 2, with James Brash edging in front of Connor Westbrook after rounds of 76 and 77, respectively, and Thomas White coming home in third, three shots further back.
Eddie Cook secured the Boys Net title, and maximum OOM points in the overall standings, with a fine effort to post a round of 70, ahead of Josh Saw in second, two shots behind, and Omer Ozturkmen just a single shot further back in third.
Brody MacIver continued his superb form and early domination of the 6 & Under Division, as his brilliant 44 over 10 holes was good enough for his second win on the bounce, ahead of Elijah (Biggie) Gibbons in second, as he again filled the runner-up place but also continued his improvement, which is fantastic to see from the youngest players!
The 7-8 Division also saw a resounding victory, as Ruaan Vamadevan made his first start of the season and with it claimed his first win after an almost flawless -1 total of 38 over 10 holes. Theo Oderinde (43) finished second, a single shot ahead of Mihir Pasura (44) in third.
Zahn Bopiah took the honours in the 9-10 Division, maintaining his early season consistency after a runner-up place two weeks ago, as his 41 over 10 holes was good enough for a 3-shot victory over Rhys Hughes, who had his first podium finish of the season in second, with AJ Van Emmenis taking third after a countback with Alexander Dunmall after matching 47s.
The BJGT now moves on to South Staffs and a return to a venue that we love, plus it’s always nice to have a famous face to present some trophies and former European Tour and Ryder Cup star, Peter Baker, is always hugely supportive of the BJGT and encouraging to the juniors.