Milton Golf Club’s star juniors blitz their way to a National team final when a Sky TV appearance will be up for grabs
Northants champions Milton beat clubs from South Yorkshire, Bedfordshire. Bucks and the Cotswolds by a staggering 15 shots to book their place in the National Finals at The Romanby Golf and Country Club (North Alllerton) on October 11.
Win that and the city youngsters would represent England in the Sky Sports televised Home International Championships next year.
Milton won a six-player tournament at the superb tree-lined Beedles Lakes course.
The winners were decided by aggregating one gross score with the four best nett scores and Milton’s all-round strength in depth proved crucial.
The event took place on a tough course with difficult pin positions and in windy conditions.
And Milton thought they blown their chance after a series of indifferent performances on the difficult 18th hole.
Jacon Williams (handicap 3) started the hole on an excellent two over par, but dropped three shots to record a round of 77.
Ryan Thomas (4) was one over par starting the 18th and dropped two shots to card a 75 and Euan Herson (6) did exactly the same to finish with a round of 79.
Kai Raymond (7) shot 82, but all these nett scores in the low 70s proved to be exceptional efforts as a set of talented teenagers at the other competing clubs also struggled.
Milton’s Charlie Pearce (8) made a birdie-par finish to claim a nett 78, while Matty Mills (22, but playing off the maximim handicap allowed of 18) shot a gross 90 for an outstanding nett score of 72.
A Milton spokesman said: “Our players hit fairways more often than not, minimised mistakes and then reaped the rewards.”
Final placings: 1 Milton, 2 Hallamshire GC, 3 Cainhoe Wood GC, 4 Cotswolds GC, 5 Harewood Downs GC.