Over 4 months this summer, from 11th May at Churchill and Blakedown GC, until 17th September at Hagley G&CC, well over 100 boys have competed in the 15 Club Junior Opens held across Worcestershire which have formed this year's Worcestershire Boys Order of Merit.
Of these boys over 60 have scored points towards the OOM table by finishing in the top 10 in the individual events.
FINAL 2017 WORCESTERSHIRE BOYS OOM TABLE
From early in the season it became clear that the boys who played more events were more likely to finish higher up the table. The eventual winner, Jack Belli (Stourbridge GC) won points in 10 out of the 15 events, and consolidated his No.1 position by winning points in the last two events.
Jack Belli with the John Moreton Trophy for winning the 2017 Worcestershire Boys OOM. Jack is shown with his Lynx Golf Bag, which was generously donated by this year's OOM sponsors.
Right - Jack putting on the 9th green at Hagley G&CC.
Whilst Jack's win was confirmed before the final event at Hagley G&CC, both 2nd and 3rd place were wide open, with 9 boys in with a chance of taking one of the season long prizes. With Ollie Lowe (5th) away at University and Jake Kelly (6th) nursing a badly broken arm, one of the biggest moves of the final day was made by Joe Price (Hagley G&CC) who moved up to 4th overall following a 2nd place finish on his home course. Joe's 70 gross (nett 69) was an excellent finale to the season. and meant that Joe's handicap is now scratch. 4th place in a season long nett competition when off 1 or 2 is a fantastic achievement.
2nd and 3rd place was to be decided on countback (based on the number of 1st place finishes across the season) after both Juna Amin (Worcester G&CC) and Elliot Jones (Gaudet Luce GC) both finished on 480 points. A superb effort by both boys and players that we are certain to hear much more about in the coming seasons.
Left- Juna Amin (2nd) pictured with Hagley G&CC Captain, Louis Ackerman.
Right - Elliot Jones (3rd) also with Louis Ackerman.
The County would like to thank the 15 clubs across Worcestershire that have allowed us to use their Junior Opens towards the OOM event. Special thanks must go to the unsung heroes of junior golf across Worcestershire, the Junior Organisers and their support teams in all the clubs. Only they can know just how much work they have to put in to run their junior sections year in, year out. On behalf of the boys and girls, and their parents we offer you our sincere thanks.
Ian Chambers (Junior Chairman at Hagley G&CC) who ran the successful OOM final event with the help of a team of 5 or 6 volunteers.
Finally, the County would like to thank Lynx for sponsoring this year's OOM event.
The top 3 from the 2017 Worcestershire Boys Order of Merit (l-r) Juna Amin (Worcester G&CC - 2nd), Jack Belli (Stourbridge GC - Winner) & Elliot Jones (Gaudet Luce GC - 3rd.)
Posted on 17/09/2017
by Stuart Pritchard