Dorset County Golf Union

SWCGA Boys Championship

SWCGA Boys Championship Weston-Super-Mare  GC - Wednesday 10 July 2013

This year’s Championship was played on a very dry Western Super Mare course. The parched fairways definitely gave it the feel of a links course. This was quite a contrast to the previous week when we played 4 practice rounds in overcast and windy conditions when the fairways were a lot greener.  Overall the course was well presented and was a good test for this Championship.
The scores for the 2 rounds were as follows, best 5 to count::


 George Long   73  71                                                                        Devon 733
Tom Atkins 73 71   Somerset 735
Harry Rickman 76 75   Cornwall 740
Billie-Joe Bugden       78 75   Gloucestershire 746
Jack Baker 82 74   Wiltshire 747
Jordan Howlett 83 78   Dorset 748
        (best 5 scores from each round  
Harry Mann 81 76      
Tom Oliver 75 84      

 (CSS 70)

For the 36 hole totals click here.

For the Team scores click here.

Congratulations to George and Tom A for two fine rounds which placed 4 th  & 5th  respectively  in the individual standings.  It has to be said that, although the overall results are disappointing, a closer scrutiny shows how the results could realistically have been significantly better – to an extent that actually winning the event was not unrealistic.

  • Our afternoon team score, when conditions were appreciably more difficult, improved on the morning by 21 shots.  We tied with Cornwall for the best pm total, carding 5 rounds of 75 or better, so it can be done.
  • As the totals were so close 9 fewer shots overall would have placed us 3rd. An average improvement of 2.5 shots per player over 36 holes would have been a winning total.  We will identify across the squad where these savings can been made.
  • We have a talented group of young players who are capable of delivering winning performances.  6 of the boys are available for this Championship in 2014, and we have several other equally talented players who didn’t make the final 8  and I’m confident that the groundwork laid this season and the improvement seen already will bring rewards.
  • The detailed preparation for events will continue, and the benefits gained from Deep Practice are already evident when you get to watch the boys play.  From Jan 2013 the collective handicap of the Squad Handicap has improved, with 8 players at 3 hc or better, the goal is to continue to build on the Four Counties success, and move the scoring to a winning  level especially in stroke play  events.

Thanks, finally, to all the boys for the exemplary way in which they represented Dorset.  Thanks also for on-course support from John Calver (President), Ian Clarke and Ian Hulse.





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