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The hugely impressive Cambridge Country Club and its imposing new, albeit not quite complete, clubhouse, was the setting for the first 2022 IMG Academy Junior World Championships Qualifier.

It’s an incredible project, our thanks go to the club for allowing us to take over the course and clubhouse for the entire day and we can’t wait to come back in April to experience it in its finished glory!

The 15-18 Division
The Boys 15-18 Division headed out for the early times off the 1st Tee, with the first few groups also getting wet, as some light rain fell for the first few holes.
Teddy Hall (Bury St Edmunds) fired a fine round of 72, which included six birdies, to take the title and the first place on the 2022 BJGT Team heading out to California next summer. Hamza Sarfraz (Coombe Wood) birdied the last hole to set the clubhouse lead with a 73, but was unable to hold on, as he was pushed into second place by Teddy from the final group. However, he also takes his place on the BJGT Team.
Home player Richard Bramley used his local knowledge to grab third, but only after a 3-way countback with Micah Blowers and Oliver Baker, as they all produced matching 74s.
The 15-18 Girls, quite unusually, played from the Yellow Tees, due to the additional length being played in the US for the Junior World Championships. Ava Waplington (Coxmoor) and Mia Barningham (Colne Valley) went head-to-head and then headed the field, as they both shot rounds of 84, with Ava getting the decision over the back 9, leaving Mia in second place. However, both girls will need to wait on qualification decision, as they were just outside the required score.
The 13-14 Division
The Boys 13-14 Division headed out early from the 10th Tee and produced another tie at the top, as Bhuvas Nagpal (Royal Mid-Surrey) and Henry Bale (Cuddington) both signed for rounds of 75, with Bhuvas birdieing his final hole to force a place-off with clubhouse leader Henry. Bhuvas then promptly birdied the first extra hole to take the win, but both boys secured their place on the 2022 BJGT Junior World Championships Team. James Pett (Mill Green) was just two shots behind the leading pair as he had a round of 77 to take third place.
The Girls 13-14 Division saw only two girls compete, which was a little disappointing given the rise in participation numbers this season, but this took nothing away from Alicia Ibekwem (West Herts) who became the first girl to take her place on the BJGT Team, as her 84 gave her the win and the official invite. Chloe Samuel (Dartford) in second just missed the qualification score required, but can try again in April at the second qualifier.
The 11-12 Division
Hayden Sarfo (Worcester) continued his run of qualifying for the Junior World Championships, as he took the honours in the Boys 11-12 Division as the only player to break to break 80. His 79 gave him a 2-shot victory over playing partner Alfie Turner (Trentham; 81), as he also claimed his place on the 2022 BJGT Team. Andre Bethapudi (Chester-le-Street) was only one shot outside the qualifying positions, as he chased them home in third with his round of 82.
The Girls 11-12 Division sadly also saw only two girls compete, but Sapphire Boyce (Little Hay) took the first qualifying place for the Junior World Championships, as her 83 gave her a fine victory, while Amelia McGinty (Slinfold Park), who has really improved this season, will be joining her on the team, as her round of 90 gave her second place.
The 9-10 Division
The Boys 9-10 Division were last on the course, having had lovely conditions during the afternoon, and Oliver Aghera (South Herts) took full advantage, as he came out on top to claim his place on the BJGT Team, with his 91 good enough to give him a 3-shot victory over Dylan Barney (Welwyn Garden City), whose 94 left him in second but just outside the qualifying mark, while Layton Riches (Sandhill) took the final podium finish after his 95.
Georgia Groves (Enville) continued her sparkling form in shooting a superb 79, which included an eagle 3 on the Par 5 16th, to be the first 9-10 girl on the BJGT Team. She was joined by Maybel Brooks (Chelmsford) who carded a round of 84, but was level par over a back 9 that included three birdies, as the girls really showed what they can do.
The 7-8 Division
The Boys 7-8 Division, playing the full 18 holes, which for many was the first experience of doing so, saw Abhay Kapoor (3 Hammers Golf Complex) fire an impressive 87 to deservedly take the win and his place on the 2022 BJGT Junior World Championships Team. Alfie Skinner (Bryn Meadows) will be travelling alongside Abhay as part of the BJGT team, as his 91 was good enough to take the runner-up place and put him inside the qualifying score, finishing one shot ahead of Anay Patel ((The Leicestershire; 92) who grabbed third in a very close finish between the top 6.
The Girls 7-8 Division saw Hajira Marfleet (Broome Manor) produce a stunning 38 (+2), including birdies on the 6th and 8th holes, for the 9-hole event, to deservedly take the win and the first place on the BJGT Team. She was joined by Ellie Wang (Ramsdale Park Golf Centre), as her 43 left her in the runner-up position and inside the qualification score required.
The Boys 6 & Under Division
The 6 & Under Boys Division was topped by Diego Fernandes (BJGT), as he played some lovely golf that included a birdie 3 on the 6th hole, on his way to a round of 42, to claim the victory and his place on the team travelling out to San Diego next July. Rex Pickavance (Castle Royle) and Harry Edginton (Sunningdale Heath) were another pair who could not be separated on the course, as they both had rounds of 44 in a tie for second. They headed out for a play-off that duly saw Rex birdie the first extra hole to take second place and with it the second spot on the BJGT Team.
The Girls’ Division trophy was taken home by Yixuan Liu (South Herts), on her first BJGT appearance, after her round of 60, but unfortunately missed out on the qualification score to join the BJGT Junior World Championships team.
The BJGT now has two weeks until the final Major of the season, the Players Championship at The Springs, the last Order of Merit event before the Tour Championship.
We know it’s going to be a dramatic end to the season in many of the divisions, as players look for a big finish!
Junior Golf Photos

Above are a few photos taken at the event.

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