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England Golf South East Group 6 man Junior team qualifying

Suffolk Boys made the long trek to Blackmoor Golf Club in Hampshire to compete in the England Golf South East Group Junior Team Championship. The weather was searingly hot and the course, which rewards accuracy from the tee rather than distance, was in excellent condition considering the current lack of rainfall.

Six boys from each of eleven counties compete in a 36 hole medal competition, with the five best scores to count from each of the rounds. Given the size of many of the competing counties, most of which have many more clubs and therefore more players to chose from, Suffolk finished in a creditable seventh place. Had their afternoon scores matched their scores from the first round they would have undoubtedly improved their position, having been in sixth place at lunch.

15 year old Max Weaver, experiencing this type of event for the first time played very well, with rounds of 73 and 74. George Fricker was unable to take part in the practice round but returned the lowest Suffolk score of 5 over par. Alfie Halil was heading for a level par morning round until he dropped five shots on the last four holes. He was unable to better his score in the afternoon. Jack Butcher was also making his first appearance at a regional event and returned an excellent score of 73 in the morning but was unable to repeat it in the afternoon. Louis Martin returned scores of 78 and 76, while Conal Downing, the current County Junior Champion, had a day he will not wish to remember.

Kent won the event and will go on to represent the South East in the national final. BB&O led at the halfway stage but fell away in the afternoon to be pipped by just one stroke.

England Junior international, Max Hopkins of Hertfordshire, won the individual prize with a score of six under par 132 (67 65).

Suffolk Scores: George Fricker 143 (71 72), Max Weaver 145 (73 72), Alfie Halil 150 (74 76)  Jack Butcher 153 (73 80),Louis Martin 154 (78 76), Conal Downing 168 (79 89).

Team Scores: Kent 711, BB&O 712, Sussex 716, Essex 722, Hertfordshire 727, Surrey 737, Suffolk 745, Hampshire 759, Bedfordshire 760, Norfolk 765, Middlesex 765.