Dorset County Golf Union

2011 - SWCGA Under 14 / 16 Championship


Oake Manor GC in Somerset is a short but undulating parkland course. Most of the holes are doglegs and there is plenty of water to catch the unwary. With firm fast greens and bouncy fairways it turned out to be quite a challenge on a warm but breezy day. Our team of Under 16s comprised Billy-Joe Bugden, Joe Lovery, Jordan Howlett, Nathan Lake, Alex Shenton and Ollie Stocks. A few of the County Squad were unavailable due to holidays or swotting for imminent GCSE exams. The Under 14 squad were led by Harry Willsher with George Seed and Noel Campbell-Hunter. All the latter were single figure players and none of the Under 16s were higher than 6 handicap.

For the older boys Jordan Howlett shot a creditable 78 with two 80’s to follow from Billy-Joe and Alex. However the best four scores amounted to 319, collectively 35 strokes over par. The Under 14 squad fared little better with George Seed clocking up a 79 and the other two failing to better 85. As the best of the Under14 scores counted towards the team championship we totalled 398 to comfortably achieve 6th place.

The team championship, the David King Trophy was won by Somerset with a total of 370, beating Devon into second place by two strokes. The Eric Scott-Cooper Cotswold Ram was won by Ben Amor, Wiltshire, with a splendid gross 66. Will Warman, Somerset, won the Ray Lawford Trophy for the best scratch Under14 score with a 75, and Jake Finn of Cornwall won the Best Under14 Net with a 68. It would be fair to say that apart from two scores our boys did not play to their potential. Back to the drawing board!!

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1st & winners of the David King Salver  Somerset  with a score of 370. The Team was Josh Knight, Tom Sloman, Joe Fear, Callum Hannay, Will Howlett, Matt Warman, James Li, Scott Linden & Will Warman.

2nd  Devon  372

3rd  Wiltshire  380

4th  Cornwall  386

5th  Gloucestershire  392

6th  Dorset  398

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