Plenty of talent in junior open

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IN PERFECT sunshine, more than 140 promising golfers battled it out at Stoke by Nayland’s Junior Open — the largest junior event of its kind in the country.

The Suffolk club were unable to retain the title in the gross winner’s prize, but the day saw strong performances from home players, with Stoke’s Sam O’Brien winning the under-14 competition with a 76 round on the Gainsborough Course and a 75 on the on the Constable.

Last year’s homegrown winner, Charlie Sargent, registered 14th place overall with a 154 gross score, with Jonathan Christy, from West Essex, topping the table with a 145 gross off a five handicap. Chris Vince, from Ipswich, was the boys overall runner-up with 147 off a handicap of three.

Other home performers saw Jack Woods come 17th with 155, Elliott Fullalove (Gosfield) come 42nd with 163, while Stoke’s junior captain, Jack Charmers, shot a gross 158, putting him in 27th position overall.

In the girls’ competition, the winner was Blaze Esmond from Aldeburgh -with a 150 gross (Gains 75, Const 75 off a handicap of four - on countback). The runner-up was Gabriella Cowley, from West Essex also with a 150 gross (Gains 73, Const 73 off a handicap off 5 ).

Winners received Cleveland Drivers with custom fitting at the Cleveland Centre of excellence at Maidenhead.

Golf Secretary of Stoke by Nayland, Adrian Bullock, said: “It was an excellent day of golf.”

Next year’s SBN Junior Open takes place on Tuesday, April 3. Entry forms will be available from the club’s website in December.