The Milton team of Jacob Williams, Rylan Thomas, Euan Herson, Kai Raymond, Charlie Pearce and Matty Mills excelled in front of the Sky TV cameras to qualify for next year’s Home International tournament as England’s representatives.
That tournament will also be screened by Sky in 2021
Playing as the champions of the Midlands, Milton didn’t enjoy the best of starts, although it was often difficult to know who was in front at times in the handicap-based event.
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After nine holes Milton seemed to be well behind Rudding Park (Yorkshire) and although the city club’s stars rallied over the back nine of a tough course it was a still a shock to many when they were announced as winners ahead of Falmouth GC by one shot.
Top Milton performer at Romanby was eight-handicapper Pearce who shot a brilliant 75 to register the best nett score (67) of any player on the day. Rylan Thomas also impressed by bouncing back from a nine at the par five 12th hole to finish par, birdie, par, par for a nett 71 off his four handicap. Captain Herson (handicap six) ground out a nett 74, while Jacob Williams (handicap 2) delivered a nett 81 as did 20-handicapper Matty Mills, who had to play off 18 in this event.
Milton’s youngest player Kai Raymond (eight handicap) delivered a creditable nett score of 77 as a place in the 2021 Home Nations Final at Forest Pines, Scunthorpe was sealed.
Milton’s junior section, organised by Derek Mankelow and Charles Gunn, has produced Junior Ryder Cup team member Robin ‘Tiger’ Williams, ladies county champion Thalia Martin who will turn professional next year as well as numerous other stars.
But this success ranks as one of the club’s greatest achievements after expert coaching and guidance from the club’s professionals, especially Adam Chamberlain.
“We are all extremely proud of everything the team has achieved,” Mankelow stated. “And now look forward to acquitting ourselves well next year against the best teams from Scotland, Wales and Ireland.”