(Pictured from left to right - Sam Easterbrook, Oliver Clark, Ryan Gavin)
Earlier this week three of our County U14’s played in the English U14 Boys’ Open Amateur Stroke Play for The Reid Trophy, at Trentham Golf Club, Stoke.
The championship attracts a top quality field of the best English and international players.
The 54-hole stroke play championship is played over three days. The full field plays 18 holes on each of the first two days. After 36 holes, the leading 70 competitors and ties qualify to play the final 18 holes on the third day.
Full day by day reports and scorecards can be found by CLICKING HERE
Our three boys from Warwickshire were;
Oliver Clark (The Warwickshire)
Sam Easterbrook (Wishaw)
Ryan Gavin (Coventry)
Sam and Oliver enjoyed an early tee time on the Tuesday morning with Sam starting strongly whilst Oliver struggled to settle with nerves on this big stage.
Ryan had a late afternoon tee and sadly the weather wasn’t kind with the wind and rain whipping up impacting all those who went out in the afternoon.
Trentham offered all the boys a stern golf test, was presented in near perfect condition and with greens considerably quicker than most of the Boys would have experienced.
By the close of the first day Sam was well placed on +2 T20 whilst Oliver having now found his game on the back nine posted a +7 finishing the day T70, with Ryan at +14.
Day 2 saw the reverse of tee times with Ryan enjoying the better of Wednesdays weather posting a superb +8 though sadly leaving him outside of the cut line.
Though we must not forget that Ryan is only just 13 and as recent as April was playing off a handicap of 13. The Reid requires a handicap less than 6 so for Ryan to qualify is a HUGE achievement. Good news for Ryan, 2019 was just a practice as he will get to have another go next year.
Oliver started his round 2 in better form but continued to find going tough. Scrambling his way around he posted birdies on 15th and 16th to be back under the cut line but found the trees with his one and only missed fairway all day off the tee on his 17th. Deep trouble left the Par required a near impossibility and the cut line falling out of his grasp, finishing +8.
However, over on the other half of the course Sam was continuing his achievements from day 1, playing as Matt Nixon states “Boring Golf is Scoring Golf”. A solid second round of +5 had Sam in T24th, well inside the cut line and positioned for the final day.
So all eyes turned to the websites live scoring on Thursday morning.
Sam starting well once again came through the turn level and by the 14th was 1 under par! A bogey on 15 and 17 had Sam posting a tremendous 73 (+1) and finishing T23 (+8) and 10th best English player!
A fantastic achievement for Sam, congratulations from everyone involved in the County.
Overall, any boy qualifying for and playing at The Reid (U14), The McGregor (U16), or The Carris (U18) is a mark of their golfing ability. They are afforded the opportunity to compete against the very best of their age group from an International field. It really is a fantastic experience.
This year we have enjoyed a number of boys from Warwickshire at these events and I encourage all of the Boys to set themselves the goal to qualify for next year.
Well done to all.
Head of Boys Golf