The DevonGolf U18's Boy's Team went to Mendip Springs Golf Club on Wednesday, 10th July for a practice ready for the real thing on Thursday, 11th July for the South West Golf Association Boys' Championship. DevonGolf Coach Gary Milne and the team went with a heavy heart after the passing just 2 days before of their Team Manager and mentor Grahame Moore. This was the fourth time the DevonGolf Boys' Team had reached the South West finals on Grahame's watch and he was sorely missed by all.
The team from clubs across Devon were Eliot Baker (Fingle Glen), David Baldwin (Tiverton), Lewis Beer (Exeter), Fred Bishop (Exeter), Chris Greenberry (Stover), Jack Jeffery (Exeter), Matt Millar (Dainton Park), Craig Jon Passmore (Torquay) and James Reed (Exeter). Each club should be very proud of their boys representing DevonGolf.
The format is a team of 8 boys and all 8 play. However, the county "names" 6 of them - our boys didn't know which of them were "named" - and 5 of those 6 top scores counted. It's a great format which allows counties to take less experienced players along and give them valuable experience. Also, although not "named", they were eligible to win the Individual Championship.
The Devon boys had great start and by lunch had a 9 shot lead over Dorset. The conditions in the afternoon were much tougher as the course dried out and the wind speed increased. For a moment, early afternoon, things were looking a little tight, however the boys rallied and went on to win the Team Championship by 27 shots!! Click here for all teams' and individuals' final scores.
Everyone performed on the day but special mention should go to Fred Bishop who finished runner up in the Individual Championship.
Performance Director Roger Worthington, Pete Jeffery and President Richard Pascoe were all there to assist Gary over the 2 days.
The boys are all looking forward to representing the South West in the England Golf Boys' County Final at West Foreland Golf Club in Kent and will be playing Kent, Lancashire, and Northamptonshire from the 27th to 29th August. This final is contested by four county boys’ teams, each representing one of the England Golf regional groups. The round robin match play event takes place over three days. Each day’s play consists of three games of 18-hole foursomes in the morning and six games of 18-hole singles in the afternoon.