The 2018 Surrey Golf U15/U16 Championship was held on 9th
August at Clandon Regis Golf Club over 36 holes. The course was presented in
great condition, with the greens proving receptive and true. Many thanks to all
at Clandon Regis for hosting the Championship and giving up the course for the
The rain started to fall just before the first start time of
the morning round and didn’t stop until the afternoon round was about to
commence. The tricky conditions in the morning round made it difficult for all
the golfers and this was apparent as CSS rose by one to 73 for the morning
round, against a drop of one shot to 71 for the afternoon round, for which the
conditions were much improved.
Barnes Wallis (The Addington) held the clubhouse lead
following the first 18 holes, with a three under par round of 69. Harry
Crockett (Addington Palace) shot level par to lie in 2nd place at
lunch, with Jack Osborne (West Surrey) on 73, John Keane (West Byfleet) on 75,
and Bailey Osborne (Walton Heath) and Sam Woodham (Windlesham) on 76.
A hearty lunch of sausage, egg and chips, followed by
chocolate fudge cake and ice cream allowed all the players to dry out from the
morning round and prepare for the final 18 holes.
Barnes Wallis fired a 72 in the afternoon to set the
Clubhouse target at a combined 141. Harry Crockett was up for the fight though
and shot level for the first 9 holes, birdied the 10th and then
birdied 16 and 17 to add a 69 to his morning 72, hence tying with Barnes on
141. Bailey Osborne shot 71 to secure 3rd place on his own with a
total of 147.
So, a sudden death playoff ensued between Barnes and Harry.
The playoff holes were 16, 17 and 18 and with all the other competitors
following the players faced some real pressure. Tony Zendle, the Chief Referee
for the event tossed the coin to decide who played first and it was Barnes who
sent the first drive straight down the middle of the 16th hole.
Harry took his drive and ended up on the right-hand side, in the light rough
underneath a tree. Harry was first to play his approach and played a great shot
that just ran over the green and onto the fringe at the back. Barnes played and
landed on the green about 20 feet short of the hole. It was Barnes to play
first and he rolled the putt six foot past the hole. Harry putted from the
fringe and left the ball inches from the hole for a tap in par. Sadly Barnes
just missed his putt for par meaning that Harry took the trophy and is the 2018
The U15 Championship saw Benjamin Brew (Surbiton) take the
victory with rounds of 81 and 71 for a total of 152. Three shots further back
was Cameron Cridge (Addington Palace) with rounds of 77 and 78 giving a 155
total. Countback was used to decide the final place with two players tied on
156 strokes, Nathan Woodham (Windlesham) taking the place from Jack Osborne
Following the prizegiving and speech by the U16 winner,
Harry Crockett, all the players and their parents made way home to prepare for
their next event.
Our thanks to Clandon Regis Golf Club for hosting this
year’s Championship and looking after everyone so well.
Benjamin Brew U15 Champ
Left to Right Nathan Woodham, Benjamin Brew, Cameron Cridge
Left to Right Nathan Woodham, Benjamin Brew, Cameron Cridge & Ian Mitchell President of Clandon Regis
Harry Crockett U16 Champ
Left to right - Barnes Wallis, Harry Crockett, Bailey Osborne
Left to right Barnes Wallis, Harry Crockett, Baily Osborne & Ian Mitchell