What an incredible club for junior golfers! If all clubs treated, and looked after their juniors like Llantrisant & Pontyclun, then golf would be thriving!
An incredible setup, with a dedicated junior room and even a scoreboard for the players to see their names displayed, which is a really nice touch – our thanks go to Gavin, the Junior Organiser, and his team, for the wonderful welcome and organisation on the day.
The golf course was in superb condition, with small, but fast and true greens, providing a stern test for the players in the cool conditions on the day.
The 11-12 Division saw Finley White chalk up another victory, as his cracking 75 (+7) saw him claim a 2-shot victory and with it, those all-important maximum Order off Merit points. Riley Wood came home in second, with a single-shot margin back to Aryan Alwala in third after his 78.
Ronnie Groves continued his fantastic summer form, as he took the honours in the 13-14 Division, shooting a fine round of 77 (+9), and also moved to the top of the Order of Merit table, as the season nears its climax. Caleb Schreiber followed Ronnie home in second, three shots back after his round of 80, while Fred Gannon finished a further three shots back in third.
Home player, Kian Evans, used his local knowledge to claim the Boys Junior Open Gross title, as he fired a fine 77 (+9) to secure the win on his BJGT debut. Jay Eggleton and Ben Benetar shot matching 79s behind Kian, so required a countback to decide the places. Jay, with the better back 9, edged the Runner-Up place over Ben, who was left in third, as he chases third place on the Gross Order of Merit.
The Boys Net title went to Freddie Raven who made it two wins on the bounce after his victory in the Royston Classic. Ben went one place better, as he came out on top of a 3-way countback for the final two podium places by virtue of the better final six holes over Kian, who claimed third place, ahead of Thomas Loynes based on the back 9.
The Girls Gross Division was topped by Maisie Whittall on her first start in 2021, as her 81 (+13) was good enough to give her a 4-shot winning margin over Ellie Lichtenhein, who maintained her position as the highest placed girl on the Gross OOM table.
Another home player used her course knowledge to fire a superb Net 65 to take the Girls Division, and deservedly so, ahead of Sofia Benitez who placed second with round of 73.
The 6 & Under Division saw a return to form for Brody MacIver, as he produced a dominant display in firing a +2 total of 36 on his way to a 10-shot victory over Jake Smith, who took his second podium finish of the season by claiming second place.
The 7-8 Division was as competitive as ever, and incredibly close: Ruaan Vamadevan (35; +1) headed the field on this occasion and with it climbed to the top of the Order of Merit table, as we move into the closing stages of the season. Marcus Karim (37) was another who returned to form to take home the Runner-Up trophy, while Layton Riches (38) also showed just what he can do by claiming third place in a very talented field.
The final Division of the day, the 9-10s, saw another dominant display in the Boys section, as Oliver McDonnell produced a stunning level-par round of 34 to head the field by six clear shots back to Brendan Riff in second, who finished three shots ahead of Rhys Hughes and Harry Dean ,who signed for matching 43s ,but Rhys got the countback decision over the last 6 holes.
The BJGT now moves swiftly slightly south to Southerndown GC for the second event of the ‘Wales Swing’ and the BJGT Wales Open, kindly sponsored by Ron Skinner & Sons.
Another stunning, but very different, test for the players, as the BJGT brings you more and more wonderful courses to experience.