The fabulous inland links of St. Ives (Hunts) provided a very different test for the event this weekend. Cooler conditions early on gave way to scorching sunshine in the afternoon, but with an ever-present breeze to keep the field on their toes.
Many thanks to James, Keith and Celia at the club for all their help on the day, as well as to the groundskeeping and catering staff. We very much look forward to returning in April next year, for the second qualifier for the 2021 IMG Academy Junior World Championships.
Junior Open Category
The St. Ives Junior Open Trophy was up for grabs and Henry Daly took the honours with a superb 73 - this was good enough for a 3-shot margin to Connor Westbrook on 76, with Sachin Kohli taking third place after a 78.
The Girls Division was headed by Renoa Azmir with 84, good enough to secure top spot ahead of Zara Gardam.
The Net Division saw some incredible scoring, as going low seemed to be the order of the day: Ben Atherton was the lowest of them all with his cracking 65 to take the winner's trophy, ahead of Max Maddocks (68) in second. Henry Daly took third on countback after four players all returned totals of 70.
11-12 Age Group
The 11-12 Division required a countback to separate the top two, as Isaac Jones and Josh Gardner produced matching 76s at the head of the field, with Isaac getting the nod over the last six holes. Harry Howell came home in third as the only other player under 80 as he posted a very respectable 79.
9-10 Age Group
Louis Batrick-Wren (40) took his maiden tour victory in the 9-10 Division, as he has been improving rapidly and starting to threaten the leaders in recent events. Michael Haywood claimed second, just a single shot back, and a further shot behind were Justin Chenu and Ellis Kerr, with Justin edging the countback over the last six holes.
7-8 Age Group
6/Under Age Group
Marcus Karim's blistering run of form saw him take home yet another winner's trophy as he produced another sparkling round of 38. Alfie Skinner followed him home in second, for the second event running, but only after another countback decision, as both he and Albert Watts carded matching 45s.
The BJGT now splits in two for next weekend, as Neil and Delia head to Leatherhead for the 18-hole divisions, while Steve will be joined by son Tiger (the reason the BJGT started 15 years ago!) for the 9-hole divisions at Abbey Moor.
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