This year’s competition got under way with the sun shining at Sherborne and a glorious day for golf sadly the forecast was not so good for our second day at Yeovil but you never know! 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 with a field blessed with some fine talent from across the southern region and beyond. The first round saw some fourteen players breaking par and this round is also the Telegraph qualifier so it was all to play for, Jack Hawksby, Angus Flanagan and George Gardner all 3 under on 69 with Tom Jordon one better on 68. Jamie Li was here again trying to win the trophy for the first time having been very close several times and he started well with a fine 67 equalled by Lucas Stewart. But the morning belonged to Sherborne’ s Tom Plumb who put together a 7 under par 65 which included 6 birdies one eagle and one bogey in what was a stunning morning golf all through. So to the second round which some of the morning leaders found it tough going Tom Plumb had a level par to keep him at 7 under as did Jamie Li along with Jack Hawksby. George Gardner had another 69 to put him one behind Tom on 6 under but the afternoon belonged to Tom Jordan with a fine 67 5 under round to put him on 9 under for the two rounds and the outright leader going into the second day at Yeovil.
So with the start sheet flipped so the better scores go out last the second round got under way at Yeovil with the main question being how bad will the rain be as the forecast was not too good. By the time the leaders got under way the rain was coming down but the course held up very well and both rounds were completed. The scoring was hampered by the weather and the field closed up a little at the top. Only 5 players broke par with Alex Nicholls have the best round with a fine 3 under 68. Tom Plumb slipped right off the pace with a 6 over 77 George Gardner had a one over 72 to move into the lead after Tom Jordan slipped back with a 5 over 76.
It was still all to play for in the afternoon round and with the showers continuing it was always going to be difficult for all the players. Jamie Li continued to battle hard and two 73 ‘s left him on 285 level with Tom Jordan who had a 74 in the afternoon. John Gough battled hard to take fourth place with a 73 & 72 to give him a 286 total three ahead of Laird shepherd. Tom Plumb took sixth place and managed to secure the under sixteen title by two shots from Angus Flanagan. The title went to the steady George Gardner who had a 73 to give him a 283 total and the South England Boys title.
So Congratulations to George 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 Fourth South England Boys Open.
Thanks to the referees John White Mike Ratsy, Mike Chapman 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.