This year’s competition got under way under dry and sunny conditions at Sherborne GC a first in the last four years as Sherborne has normally been wet. So with the sun shining down, a course in superb condition the golf did not disappoint although with the greens running fast and players having to be careful not to hit it to long and get a bad bounce scoring was always going to prove tricky. Early starter and local favourite Robbie Mabb found it hard to putt and returned an 80 along with local youngster Billy-Joe. Michael Younie Frilford Heath came home in 71 one under but that was bettered by has playing partner Rob Burlison Oxley Park with a great 69 to take the club house lead on 3 under. News was filtering off the course that a player was having a great round and we did not have to wait long to find that young Jack Sing-Brar Bramshaw was who they were talking about as he came home seven under par with a stunning 65. Taylor Hutton and Moritz Hausweiler also had good rounds of 70 two under par. The sun turned the heat on in the afternoon and so did some of the players fighting for position for the final two rounds at Yeovil tomorrow. First round leader Jack found the afternoon a lot tougher shooting eighty. Rob Burlison also found it tougher with a 73 leaving him on 2 under. Playing partner Michael Younie came home in 68 four under to put himself on top of the leader board 5 under. JJ Grey East Sussex National also had 68 to put himself in second on 2 under along with Chris Fleming Perranporth who had 70. Matthew Pearson Worlebury had a good 68 after a disappointing 76 in the morning to put himself right back in the mix for the following day
With no cut this year the start sheet was rearranged and players went out in score order from the first day and with the sun shining bright good scoring was to be had on a superbly presented Yeovil golf course. The early starters had it all to do and credit to them the scoring was reasonable George Bell was first in with a 1 under 70. Local Joe Lovery had 74 and Billy-Joe who was pushing for the under 15 trophy had a one over 72. Ryan Pope Exeter G&CC came home in 69 along with Harry Flower Woodbury Park. Michael Younie slipped up having a 3 shot lead after 36 his 4 over at Yeovil took him backwards whilst Matthew Pearson had the best of the morning with a 67 and with playing partner Rob Burlison having 69 they both went to 4 under one clear of the last groups JJ Grey and Chris Fleming going into the final round. The sun beat down and with the raising temperature it appeared players started to wilt finding the going tough and par hard to break. Scott Gregory Corhampton and Reece Francis Loughton both had 69’s the only two players to break par with the exception of our fine winner Matthew Pearson who matched his morning round with another stunning 67 to give him an 8 under total of 278 and making him the 2011 South England Boys Champion. Rob Burlison held off JJ Grey to claim second by one shot with both players finishing the final round one over. Chris Fleming needed to hole in one on the last to tie for third and he was not far away as his ball just missed the hole to leave him 3 feet away for eagle. It was a great competition with a fine winner both clubs did the players proud with courses presented to the highest standard and we look forward to returning next year for the Twentieth South England Boys Open.
36 Hole Day two Ryan Pope Exeter G&CC
Thanks to the referees John White, Paul Hickman and Bill Kennedy and John White for there great efforts in keeping the pace of play going and in ensuring that correct decisions were taken by all.
Our thanks to both Sherborne and Yeovil for allowing the event to take place at the course and to all members and staff for making this year's event such a success.