Success at Sandiway seals English Boys County once again for South East’s brightest stars
ESSEX romped to a third English Boys’ County Championship title with a comprehensive victory over Derbyshire at Sandiway Golf Club on the final day of the competition.
Their 8½-½ success over the Midland winners was their third victory of the week and underlined their overall supremacy in the event, while Durham came from behind to beat Wiltshire 6-3 to ensure themselves of second place.
“The boys have done a superb job and they finished in style,” said Essex manager Brian Collins. “To win our region and to get to the final was an achievement. To win the championship again is a real boost for Essex.
“It’s been a great week for us but all the teams have shown a desire and commitment. We’ve been to the final before and not closed the deal. This time the team bonded superbly and while I don’t like to single out players, special mention must go to Taylor Carter who won all his six games.”
Having won all three morning foursomes, as they did on the previous two days against the other two counties, the South East champions continued in winning vain in the afternoon singles, taking the top two games to confirm their over victory.
Todd Clements edged them towards the finishing line with a 7&6 win over Matt Bailey while Louis Lazarus completed a 4&3 success against Josh Thorley.
Clements’ Essex clubmate Elliot Fullalove and Jamie Booth were locked in a titanic battle with little to separate them until the back nine where the Essex lad went birdie-par-par-birdie to secure a 4&2 success.
Taylor Carter proved the most successful Essex players when he completed his sixth win in six outings with a 3&2 win over against Will Painter, whilst Mitch Sarling claimed a hard-fought 2&1 victory over Will Davidson.
The lone half-point that escaped Essex grasp was gained by Derby’s Josh Ashton, who fought a neck-and-neck battle with Bradley Bawden. Ashton finally got over the line at the 18th, winning one-up.
After trailing 2-1 from the morning foursomes, Durham were quick out of the blocks in the afternoon, winning the top three singles. Chris Handy, their under-16 international, found three birdies in the first six holes to be two-up and he added another with a par at seven.
However, his opponent, James Wiltshire responded with a birdie at the ninth to reduce the arrears to one. Not to be outdone, Handy then won the 13th and 14th and, though he lost 15, a Wiltshire concession on 17 sealed Handy’s win.
Aaron McManus put Durham ahead with a 4&3 win over Charles Dunn, while Sam Donald provided another Durham success with a 5&4 triumph against Jamie Amor.
Jack Ainscough and Cameron Wallace added to Durham’s collection. Ainscough had a two-hole win over Rhys Edwards, while Cameron Wallace saw off Tom Law 2&1.
Wiltshire’s lone victory was secured by Dom Patton, who led all the way against James Wilson and eventually ran out a 2&1 winner.
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