Did You Know: That entries close for the next Duchess Salver event at Chipping Sodbury on 1st July. If you want to break into the County set-up then competing regularly in Duchess Salver events could open the door.......entry form here>>
In a record breaking performance, the Men's 1st Team won the Match Play Shield at South West Week for the first time since 2016.....full report>>
County 1st Team regular Tom Workman (The Players Club) has won the Ross Scratch Cup for the fourth time, shooting 69 and 72 for a thirty six hole total of 141, 3 under par.
Tom took the title by a single shot from Ceri Fearnley (Filton) who came back brilliantly in the afternoon, recording a five under par 67 to follow his 75 in the morning.
Four players were tied for 3rd place, just a shot further back on 143. The presence of Joe Harvey (The Kendleshire), Matthew Bell (Lilley Brook) and Cameron Haines (Ross-on-Wye) amongst this group was much in line with expectatons, but the performance of Toby Janes (The Kendleshire) was quite incredible.
Toby, just 13 years of age, shot 72 in the morning, and followed it with a 73 in the afternoon to record the best performance in a Duchess Saver event from one so young since an 11 year old Chris Lloyd (The Kendleshire) finished 2nd in the Knowle Gold Medal of 2003.
Tom's win sees him move up to 2nd place in The Duchess Salver table, and with five events still to play this year he still has every opportunity to close the gap on defending champion Nick Day (Henbury).
The next Duchess Salver event is at Chipping Sodbury on Sunday 7th July (details here). It would be great to see as many low handicap players there as possible, challenging themselves against the very best players in the County.
Oliver Jenkins (The Players Club) is the new County Under 18 Champion following two really impressive rounds at Naunton Downs Golf Club in very tough conditions.
As a result, Oli will have his name added to the trophy alongside some of the finest names in the history of Gloucestershire Golf including Gordon Brand Jnr, Mark Sanders, Chris Wood and Mitch Waite.
The combination of a stiff breeze and rain, together with a fast running course made for a gruelling day, but Oli, just 16 years of age, responded superbly to shoot a three over par 36 hole total of 145.
A steady 76 in the morning saw him into lunch with a slender one shot lead from Alistair Curnock (Minchinhampton), but it was a different story altogether in the afternoon.
Whilst others were battling the elements, Oli recorded three birdies and fourteen pars, which together with a single dropped shot at the par 3 14th added up to an incredible two under par score of 69.
Despite slipping to an 81 in the afternoon, 16 year old Alistair was able to hold onto second place in the gross prizes, edging Toby Janes (The Kendleshire) into 3rd, with Max Holford (County Junior Captain) finishing 4th.
As well as taking the gross prize, Oli also recorded the best Nett score on 137, followed in 2nd place by Stanley Ballard (Sherdons), and in 3rd by Jamie Berry (Minchinhampton).
Both Stanley and Jamie achieved their best ever score to CSS in a ranking event, so a superb achievement for them as well.
As always, we can't close a Championship report without saying a massive thank you to everybody involved in putting it on; both those involved from the GGU Championship Team and from Naunton Downs Golf Club who looked after us so well. Proud to be a member of the GGU.
Nick Day (Henbury) retained his County Championship title by returning scores of 67, 69, 74 and 71 for a 7 under par total of 281 at the beautifully presented Forest Hills Golf Club.
Nick took the title for the fourth time in five years by just two shots from Joe Harvey (The Kendleshire). Joe was a model of consistency throughout, his 283 total containing three individual rounds of 70, a performance that saw him take the Under 22 title for the second time. Jake Phillips (Minchinhampton) was a further two shots back on 285, followed by Sam Sullivan (Knowle) on 287.
Heading in to the final round, all four players had reason to think that it might be their year, but it was Nick's relentless quality from tee-to-green that saw him home in the end, a closing birdie putting the cherry on a very substantial cake.
Aside from the main prize, it was great to see Knowle, represented by Sam Sullivan and Will Mullins, pick up the team title, and Louis Ross (Long Ashton) take the prize for the leading score by an Under 18 on day one. Louis, just 15 years of age, deserves special mention; his four rounds of 74, 72, 79 and 74 taking him into 14th place, a tremendous performance that saw him finish ahead of some very experienced players.
In his victory speech, Nick paid tribute to the Forest Hills greenstaff who delivered a course that was in simply superb condition; a fitting venue for such a prestigious event.
Milan Reed (Long Ashton) is the new County Under 16 Champion, shooting a superb score of 73 gross at Bristol & Clifton to take the title by two shots from clubmate Louis Ross and Toby Janes (The Kendleshire).
After dropping shots at the first two holes, Milan played the remaining holes in just one over par, two bogeys being offset by a tremendous birdie at the 16th where he chipped in from a difficult spot just off the back of the green.
As well as winning the main prize, Milan also took the Under 15 title, with Toby picking up the Under 14 title.
A tremendous day for Long Ashton was topped off by Djibrael Ali taking the best Nett prize in all three age categories. Djibrael shot a nett 64 playing off of 17, to finish four shots in front of Milan with Frankie Wallace (Cotswold Hills) and Jamie Berry (Minchinhampton just a shot further back.
As always, our thanks go to Bristol & Clifton for hosting us so brilliantly, and to Derek Buttler and his team for running the Championship as efficiently and professionally as ever.
Congratulations to Nick Day (Henbury) on getting his defence of The Duchess Salver off to the best possible start by winning The Ashton Vase at Long Ashton.
Nick shot scores of 72 and 69 for a 141 total which saw him home by a single shot from Josh Denley (Chipping Sodbury) who followed his 70 in the morning with a 72 in the afternoon.
High on the leader board in 3rd and 4th place were Cameron Haines (Ross-on-Wye) and Stuart Hardy (Forest Hills) respectively.
Nick's win was his 4th in The Ashton Vase, and his 30th in a Duchess Salver event since his first win in The City and County at Henbury back in 2003; an incedible achievement, and almost as many majors at Nicklaus and Woods combined!
The first event of the Duchess Salver season is always a popular event, but this years Ashton Vase exceeded all expectations with a top class field in which no less than 26 players were playing from a handicap of one or better.
The event was over-subscribed, and that can only be down to the tremendous efforts that the organising committee make to attract the best possible field.
Custom scorecards (we love those tear off strips), range balls, practice rounds and a beautifully presented course all help to create that big event feel, and the size of the entry reflects the players appeciation of those efforts..
Well done to everybody involved.
The Under 14s have had a busy week. Firstly (image top right), the boys were held to a halve by the County Academy at Cirencester, but followed that up with a tremendous victory at Burnham and Berrow against Somerset.....results>>
The battling qualities of our Under 16s was there for all to see in the opening match of the season against Worcestershire at Naunton Downs Golf Club. The boys took a narrow 3-2 lead into lunch, and held off a strong Worcestershire team to come through 8-7 overall. Coach James Tuch was paricularly impressed with the boys maturity and ability to perform under pressure; great signs for the future.....match results
The new look kit inspired our County Under 18 Team to a 10-0 victory against the County Ladies at Henbury today (24th Mar). The boys looked great, and played pretty well too! Thanks as always to everyone who helped us put this match on. Great to see so many people out supporting too.
Andy Rudge, Alistair Curnock and Lewis Ault came out on top in this year's Christmas Challenge event at Minchinhampton. The annual event was superbly supported as always, and our special thanks go to the pros and 1st Team players who made it such a special day for the next generation of County stars; namely, Ross Langdon, Stuart Little, Chris Lloyd, Joe Long, Charlie McLean, Jake Phillips, Andy Rudge and Chris Wood.