This year’s competition got under way with the sun shining and the forecast was to stay dry for both days and for the odd shower during the first day the sun in the main won but with a chill in the wind. We started at Yeovil this year; the course as always was in superb condition with greens running true and fast, the golf did not disappoint either as players took advantage of the calm conditions. The field was blessed with some fine talent and we also had two from Holland and yes two players from China truly international! The first round saw some fine golf as seven players broke par with the best coming from Eoin Leonard from Wentworth with a fine 4 under 67. Yeovil’s Tom Plumb let his nerves get the better of him on his own track coming home in 78. Jack Baker was the best from Dorset with a one under 70. The Chinese youngster Ceo Sen came home 3 under on 68 as did Cumberwell’s James Cooper along with Joe Harvey from the Kendleshire. Gloucestershire’s Jamie Dick was two under and Matt Gumble from the Hertfordshire was one under so it was all set for a fine afternoon’s golf and so it was! Jack Singh-Brar defending his title came home one under to leave him on level par. Jamie Li from bath had the best of the afternoon with a fine 66 to put him in second place on 5 under one behind Eoin who had a 69 to leave him on 6 under. Ferndown’s Jack baker was very steady with another fine 70 to leave him on two under. Somerset’s Tom Sloman also went good in the afternoon with a 67 after a disappointing morning round of 79.
Round 1 Scores Round 2 Scores
So with the start sheet flipped so the better scores go out last the second round got under way at Sherborne where the greens were slightly faster making scoring more difficult as it proved to be with only Yeovil’s Tom Plumb getting the better of the course and breaking par with a fine 71. The last group out also struggled with leader Eoin having a 75 to bring him back to 3 under for the competition. Playing partners Jamie Li and jack baker did not take advantage as Jamie was five over to bring him back to level and Jack was seven over for his round. Players were getting tired as the score proved in the last round and Tom Sloman was the only player in the afternoon to break par with a fine 70 to leave him in fifteenth place overall. Jamie Li and Eoin both had one over 73’s so the title was going to Wentworth’s Eoin Leonard on 284 3 ahead of Jamie Li from Bath GC. Last year’s winner jack Singh-Brar fought hard and came home in third place on 291 Tom Trowbridge from Tiverton held of Holland’s Pierre Verlaar for fourth and fifth place respectfully they were also battling it out for the Under 16 trophy and it went to Tom on count back.
So Congratulations to Eoin and all the players it was once again a fantastic 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 Twenty third South England Boys Open.
Thanks to the referees John White and Bill Kennedy for thier great efforts in keeping the pace of play going and in ensuring the correct decisions were taken by all. Our thanks to starters John and Lindsay for sending them all out on both days with little trouble.
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.