Beadlow Manor Juniors saw their already successful season reach new heights when they secured runners up in the England Final of the Junior Team Golf competition. The event, which has been running for over 20 years, invites all the finalists of individual county events to enter to find the best Junior team in the country with entries from around 80-90 teams each year. Four or five teams (6 players per team) compete at each venue with a tough format of 5 from 6 scores (one gross, four nett) making up the team aggregate. There were 20 regional events, leading to 4 super-regional finals ahead of the England Final.
Through their Tavistock Trophy success Beadlow Manor were invited and duly won a regional event at East Berkshire by 5 shots beating East Herts, Windlesham and Burhill. The next round saw Beadlow travel to Sheffield to contest the Northern Final held at The Hallamshire and the team of Luke Charalambous (hcp 4), Conner Penning (hcp 4), Jamie Gibbons (hcp 5), Ben Loveard (hcp 11), Lewis Vereecque (hcp 16) and Jack Munson (hcp 18) took on some stiff opposition including Kirby Muxlow and Longcliffe, and an even tougher golf course, but managed to secure the win by just 2 shots to qualify for the England Final.
The Final played at Studley Wood (Oxon) on Sunday 23 October saw 5 teams in contention, 2 from the North East (Hexham and Whitley Bay), one from Hampshire (Romsey) and one from Surrey (Cuddington) along with Beadlow Manor. With TV cameras from Sky filming both pre-match interviews with selected players and Junior Organisers and everyone’s first tee shots there were plenty of nerves beforehand, but the same Beadlow team all kept their composure to play some excellent golf in a gusty wind on a course with some tricky greens. Penning led the line with a superb 1 under par 72, and nett scores of 74, 71, 70 and 76 from Charalambous, Gibbons, Loveard and Munson, respectively posted a very competitive 363 total. Following a nervy wait Beadlow Manor were duly announced runners up to Cuddington who won the title by 6 shots. Both teams are now invited to travel to a continental venue (likely Spain) next March to represent England in the Home International Finals against the Champions and runners up from Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
Junior Organiser Gary Boyle said ‘in another very successful season for us this tops everything. This is a tough competition and previously we have lost at the regional stage so we were excited to make the England Final but the lads were confident they could be competitive. However, to finish runners up and be invited to represent England in Spain is incredible, but the team deserved it’.
JTG Final (golf attire): Left to right. Back row Will Murray, Conner Penning, Luke Charalambous, Jamie Gibbons. Front row, Lewis Vereecque, Ben Loveard, Jack Munson