19th Aug, 2017

Droitwich Spa quintet book places in national finals

FIVE Droitwich Spa golfers have qualified for the national final of the American Golf Junior Championship at Gainsborough GC.

Leading the way in the regional qualifiers were Brandon Sarfo (Gaudet Luce) and Oliver Day (Droitwich) who were competing in the gross score competition.

The pair played immaculate golf all day with nothing to separate them as they both carded final rounds of one over part.

After analysis of the cards to find a count-back winner, it was discovered both had scored exactly the same on each hole meaning they were declared joint-winners.

Not to be outdone in the Sarfo household, younger brother Hayden (Gaudet Luce) played the round of his life in the Star of the Future (under-eights) category.

This group is designed for young golfers without an official handicap and is held over nine holes.

Hayden returned a hugely impressive final secure of 45 to secure his place in the UK and Ireland final.

Shining for the girls was Lili-Rose Hunt (Droitwich) who secured qualification from the Girls Handicap category after winning with a spectacular display.

She went head-to-head with Telford’s Xyra Van Der Merwe with both finishing on the same final score of 41 points.

Only after the count-back of the last nine holes was Xyra declared winner but Hunt will fight again in the final as the top two qualify.

Last but not least in the list of Droitwich successes was junior Tom Baker (Gaudet Luce) who booked his place in the national final as runner-up in the Boys Handicap category.

In a day of close-run contests, this category was no different as Baker finished level with Matthew Russel (The Vale) on 43 points.

The duo were again separated by count-back, with Russel winning with a better final six holes.

All five Spa aces will now travel to the national final on Wednesday, August 16 which is held at Gainsborough, the headquarters of manufacturer Ping.

Daniel Gathercole, director of marketing and communications at American Golf, said:

“This is the fourth year for the Junior Championships and we’ve got another crop of youngsters who are playing some very impressive golf.

“Once again though I’m most impressed by the sportsmanship and positive attitude that we’ve got used to seeing.

“We can’t wait to get these great young golfers to Gainsborough for the final and, with the help of Ping, make it a truly memorable event.”

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