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2017 County Boys Championships at Gaudet Luce - Report and pictures

The 2017 Boys Championships at Gaudet Luce

A fine, largely sunny day, greeted the players as they arrived for an early start at Gaudet Luce for this prestigious County Boys Championship.  

The early pace was set by Brandon Sarfo ( Gaudet Luce) with a fine 73 gross and this was soon followed by 12 yr old Hugh Adams ( Hagley GC) with another 73, then Nathan Slater (Bewdley Pines) 73, Ted Pickering (Worcs G&CC) 73, before Patrick Leydon (KNGC) returned a 72, which was finally beaten by an excellent 71 from James Lloyd (Worcs G&CC). A.M. CSS 69. 

The pace of play was first class with many pairs completing their rounds in 3 to 3 1/2 hours. The greens and the course overall, prepared by head greenkeeper, Andy Laing, were in superb condition. Lunch was quickly served up by the highly efficient, Alec Fernihough and his team of bar staff, and, before long, the boys were off for round two. 

Squally showers intervened, in what became, quite a blustery afternoon. Nevertheless, the scoring improved as the players used their course management skills to good effect. 

Finally, a picture emerged that Joe Price had returned an excellent 67 gross to lead with 142 (75 & 67). Brandon Sarfo improved on his good first round with a solid 71 whilst Connor Thomas, in the last group, also shot a superb 67 to finish on 144. (77&67). There were many fine individual performances along with stories of missed putts, eagles, doubles, re-loads and 'drivers off the deck' to reach the par fives. James Lloyd couldn't quite hold on to his morning lead and it was Joe Price who took the Boys Championship title with Brandon Sarfo winning the U16 title, just two shots behind. The Rigbey Cup winner, for the best nett score went to Jack Belli ( Stourbridge GC)  with an excellent 134. 

The winning club team were Gaudet Luce, who go forward to represent Worcestershire in the England Club Team Championships at Wood Hall Spa on the 14th and 15th August, playing the Hotchkin Course. The p.m. CSS was 69. 

Joe Price will go forward to represent Worcestershire in the National Junior Champion of Champions Tournament at Wood Hall Spa on September 16th, playing the Hotchkin course. 

The prize winners were presented with their vouchers and trophies by the County President, Grenville Rose. They are as follows :


MANSELL CUP WINNER & BOYS CHAMPION 2017 ( Best gross)  – Joe Price


RIGBEY CUP WINNER 2017 ( Best Nett) – Jack Belli


U16 CHAMPION 2017 - Brandon Sarfo



MIRAMS SALVER (JUNIOR CLUB CHAMPIONS) 2017 - Gaudet Luce


MATCHPLAY QUALIFIERS - Joe Price, Connor Thomas, Brandon Sarfo, Ollie Lowe, Nathan Slater, James Lloyd, Patrick Leydon, Hugh Adams, Jack Belli, Jack Severn, Dan Doyle, Ted Pickering, Harrison Leaver, Cameron Green, Will Stott, Evan Lewis


MANSELL CUP RUNNER UP – Conner Thomas


MANSELL CUP 3RD PLACE - Ollie Lowe


RIGBEY CUP RUNNER UP – Harrison Leaver


U16 RUNNER UP – Patrick Leydon



BEST GROSS AM – James Lloyd


BEST NETT AM – Hugh Adams


BEST GROSS PM – Cameron Green


BEST NETT PM – was actually Dan Doyle (not pictured as the wrong winner was presented on the day.)

The County President, Grenville Rose, thanked everyone at Gaudet Luce GC for their marvellous hospitality during the hosting of these championships. Nothing was too much trouble and the levels of efficiency and courtesy shown to all the competitors and officials were exemplary. Their thriving junior section and the outreach community and school work carried out by their professional, Russell Adams, clearly demonstrates how investing in such young players reaps great rewards for future club memberships, wherever they may choose to play in their careers.

The County officials and referees, who ensured the day ran very smoothly, did a sterling job, especially in the absence of the County Secretary, who was unwell.  They were Dave McDermott, Denis Hayes, Jim Gray, Alex Mackie and Bill Thompson. In addition, the County referees, Tony Edwards and Brenda Binnie were on hand at all times to support the young players with any tricky decisions.