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Wrag Barn youngsters into South of England finals
WILTSHIRE junior champions Wrag Barn have booked their place in the South of England finals after winning the Home Counties regional final.
Having missed out on the South West regional final by just two shots last year, Wrag Barn made amends at Foxhills Golf Club in Surrey, securing victory by an incredible 19-shot margin.
Played in teams of six, the regional championships use a combination of one gross and four nett scores from each team.
Wrag’s youngsters showed a great deal of maturity as they cleverly negotiated a superbly presented Foxhills course.
Three pars at the first hole set the tone of the day for Wrag Barn, in particular Jack Seaman, who hit the first ball of the competition and recorded eight pars on his front nine.
Seaman shot two-under on his back nine to finish the round with an amazing gross 73 (nett 69) and the lowest score of the day.
Wrag captain Kendle McCrosan left his driver in his bag as he worked his way around the course with his irons.
Two bogeys and a birdie took McCrosan to one-over-par at the turn before the course bit back on the back nine to leave him with a gross 80 (nett 76).
Max Mulcock stormed to one under through five holes but a double bogey early on the back nine forced him to settle for a gross 83 (nett 78) Max Drayton bounced back from a double bogey at the first to shoot a gross 77 (nett 71) - Wrag’s second best gross score of the day.
Ross Loveridge was Wrag's penultimate competitor and began well by chipping in at the second.
The only hiccup on his card was on the 17th as he played to his handicap with a gross 81 (nett 72).
Lewis Ward was last out for Wrag Barn and arrived at the turn playing to his handicap.
A triple bogey at 12 and a double bogey at 13 threatened to destroy Ward’s card but he rallied well to record a gutsy gross score of 90 (nett 80).
The team’s performance left them on 370 shots, 19 ahead of Sandy Lodge from Hertfordshire.
Reserve Guy Drayton played a supporting role in the victory, tracking the scores and keeping Wrag’s various supporters informed.
Junior organiser Richard Ward was delighted with the performance from his team, saying: “This was a tremendous performance by the team and consistency was the key.
“To put the team’s effort into context, the highest nett score carded by a Wrag Barn player would have been the third top score in most of the other teams competing, quite a phenomenal performance.
“Wrag Barn Golf Club are very proud of our juniors and now look forward to them representing Wiltshire in the South of England Final to be played in October.”
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