BJGT Mannings Heath Classic
Mannings Heath Golf and Wine Estate provided a wonderful backdrop as the latest first time venue to host a BJGT Classic.
A wonderful day for golf, the 18 hole players tackled the Waterfall Course while the 9 hole Divisions went out onto the Kingfisher Course.
Our thanks go to Simon with his help and support to set up the event, and then Kim and the team in the clubhouse for looking after everyone on the day.
Unfortunately, the Kingfisher Course had not drained as well as its neighbour, leaving it very wet, with the grass longer than expected at this time of year, meaning it was playing very long, and very tough for the younger divisions!
Louie Goh again claimed top spot with a fine round of 41, finishing 5 clear of Oscar Robertson in second, who won his first BJGT trophy of the season, while Harry Robinson (47) grabbed third, another first time trophy winner, after getting a countback decision over Aryan Lally.
Brianne Yang took home the girls winners trophy after her round of 51.
The Boys 7-8 Division saw Brody MacIver deservedly take the honours with an excellent round of 38. Zachary Blayney and Oscar Ross couldn’t be separated, even by the countback system, behind Brody, so they played the 1st hole of the Waterfall Course in a playoff with Zach making 4 to Oscar’s 5.
Florrie Collins fired a superb round of 39, to take her first girls win of the season, and this left her very impressively in second overall.
Aditya Sawhney continued his good 2023 form to add another title to his collection, his round of 42 gave him a 2-shot cushion over Harrison Barnett in the Boys 9-10 Division with Sebastian Leverett (46) narrowly taking third place after a countback decision over Toby Chahrvin.
Maybel Brooks also held her own against the boys, carding a great round of 44 to claim the girls win and finish second overall.
The Boys Junior Open Gross Division saw James Page head the field after a solid round of 76, 2-shots clear of Kodi Dean. Kodi showed he’s more than ready for the main competition, while Jack Mahoney completed the top 3 a further two shot behind.
A 3-way tie at the top of the Net Division between Casillas Medina, Kodi and Luca Randall, all with rounds of 72, meant the computer settled the final order with Casillas getting the decision over the back 9, Kodi settled for his second 2nd place trophy of the day and Luca took third place.
Claudia Weston (87) took the Girls Junior Open Gross Division title on her first BJGT start with a 2-shot margin over Sapphire Boyce. Sapphire’s first round with out the knee brace was a great success.
Abigail Tang took maximum points in the Net Division with her round of 75, just a single stroke ahead of Elizabeth Foster who took home her first BJGT trophy.
As superb 74 from Marcus Karim gave him another Gross Division title in the Boys 9-12 Junior Open, Jake Jeff-Johnston chased him home in second after his round of 77 and Arjun Sawhney completed the podium with a 79.
Marcus’ 74 meant a Net 64 and a well deserved double on the day, he finished 4-shots clear of William Denyer, Arjun and Brian Kim who were separated only by a countback that gave William 2nd place and Arjun 3rd.