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U14's County Six at Broughton Heath 2.9.17 - Report and scores

U14 Midland Golf County Team Championships - Saturday 2nd September 

Broughton Heath GC, Derby 

The U14 Boys arrived at 0730 on a misty morning to play in this annual MGU County Team Championship. Before long the mist had cleared and the rest of the day's play was carried out in perfect sunshine.

Broughton Heath is a wonderful 18 hole par three course. It's NOT pitch and putt. Its holes range between 165 and 220 yards and many have water hazards, two tier greens and nearby out of bounds fencing to negotiate. It's tough for any level of player. 

The early scoring from the Worcestershire boys showed how difficult the course was and tales of double and triple bogeys were regularly being reported. Nevertheless, they stuck to their task and battled round to finish in a creditable sixth place after round one. The scoring improved during round two as they learned how to negotiate the terrain and quite slow greens. However, the same was true for all the other teams and a picture emerged that we couldn't improve enough to move up the order and, therefore, finished in overall 6th place out of the ten Counties. One Northants boy, 13 yr old Max Faulkner, managed an incredible 3 over par gross for the 36 holes and deservedly took the top individual prize.  

Overall this was a very fine effort from our very young side. Nearly all of the team will be eligible to play again next year and therefore, with such an experience behind them and another year's golfing development, they should be in a good place to challenge for the title in 2018.

The County would like to thank all the parents for their excellent support in transporting the boys to the venue and for giving them their ongoing and highly valued encouragement. In addition, the work of the U14 Team Manager, Tom Warbrick, and County Junior Organiser, Roger Martin is invaluable at such events and is much appreciated. 

U14 Team From LtoR Back row : Roger Martin, Sam Rowbottom, Harrison Leaver, Dan Wakeman, Tom Warbrick         Front Row LtoR : James Ilsley, Harvey Jones, Hugh Adams 

Final Team scores 

Report by Bill Thompson

County Chairman and County Junior Organiser