You couldn’t write the script if you tried…
To get this into context if you want to enter the National Junior Team Golf Championships you must have first been a winner or runner up at County level. From there you enter a local league of county champions and runners up, if you win you go to the regional finals followed by the national final for each country. If you finish first or second in your national final you get to play in these championships. A conservative estimate I would say around 800 teams entered this tournament from four different Countries nearly 12 months ago.
To be here is an achievement in itself and not to be underestimated to reach the final is beyond most peoples dreams.
Today was unequivocally the most memorable day in the history of the golf club and the seven players who produced performances way beyond even their expectations.
Beadlow Manor drew the final, three matches apiece and won the Championship by virtue of a superior number of holes won on count back. Tense, exciting, nerve wracking, all of these and more but there was another story to unfold.
At 8.50 Jack was warming up with the other team members knowing he wouldn’t be playing today, a very late injury occurred and Jack was required to play in the last match of six. Nine holes later Jack is two holes down but playing well he won the 10th to go one down. He had the honour on the 208 yard par three 11th, a four iron into the heart of the green followed by a single bounce and a hole in one, all square and an elated Jack.
Witnessed by two match referees, photographs over he strikes a driver down the 12th before going on to win the hole, he finished the match three up with two to play. An outstanding performance breaking eighty for the very first time.
At this point we knew it was a draw and every hole would count. Jack carried on down the 17th and 18th without losing a hole, Beadlow Manor go on to win on a count back, you couldn’t have written this script.
Every player has contributed towards becoming champions over the four day’s of competition. The standard of golf has been remarkable and the team will head home tomorrow four from four and Home Nation’s Champions.
There will be plenty more to write in the next few days, more publicity and more photographs but my personal thanks go the parents and family who came out to support their boys, to Gary who’ attention to detail, preparation and commitment has built this team and moment over nine years as our Junior Organiser. To the Magnificent Seven who came as under dogs and go home as Home Nation’s Champions, its been a pleasure to be part of events and thank you from all my staff and the members back home for a magnificent achievement.