The competition had a record entry of 47 boys and girls from golf clubs in the Marlborough area and beyond.
The Thistle Trophy for the best gross score was won by Jack Seaman (Wrag Barn) with 75. Second was Jamie Amor (Marlborough) with 76. Third was Lee Cowan (Marlborough) with 76. Jamie Amor clinched second place with a better score on the back nine.
Freddie’s Cup (named after the Club’s much-loved patron Freddie Boardman) is presented for the best nett score. It was won by Oli Morris (Marlborough) with 65 off a 25 handicap (winning on count back). Second was Edward Faulkner (Marlborough) with 65 off a 26 handicap. Third was James Webb (Ogbourne Downs) with 69 off an 18 handicap.
The best girl’s score in this competition was Natasha Chapman’s 72 nett off a 10 handicap.
Alexandra Feltham (Salisbury and South Wilts GC) won the nearest the pin competition at the fifth hole.
The putting competition was shared by James Webb (Ogbourne Downs) and Henry Palmer (Salisbury & South Wilts) – both with 16 for 9 holes.
Ben Amor (copyright Leaderboard Photography)The England Golf’s prestigious Carris Trophy has been won by Marlborough Golf Club’s Ben Amor. The 72 hole, stroke play competition is open to boy amateur golfers of all nationalities who are under-18 at the beginning of the year.
Ben is the elder son of Simon Amor, Marlborough Golf Club’s resident professional. Ben was a former pupil at St John's Academy and has just finished a two year course studying at Filton College in Bristol. His brother Jamie is still at St John's.
Ben is Marlborough Golf Club's Juniors' Captain. His victory earns him the title 'English Boy Champion'.
For the second successive year, extra holes were required on the fourth day of the championship to decide the Carris Trophy at West Lancashire Golf Club. In the three-way, two hole play-off Ben Amor came up trumps to secure the biggest win of his young career.
Ben had finished tied on 286, two under par, with Italy’s Renato Paratore and Jamie Li from Bath. Paratore was eliminated with a bogey five after an errant drive at the par four tenth, which left a head-to-head battle between the two West Country boys.
At the short 17th, the second playoff hole, Li missed the green with his tee shot and took three more to get down for bogey while a solid par was enough to see Amor home.
Ben Amor congratulated by his mother (copyright Leaderboard Photography)“I’m in shock but this win means a lot,” said Amor. “Words can’t describe it, but it is special. It was nice to win it at the 17th because it would have been a little difficult going down the 18th again. Jamie Li is a fine player and hit some quality shots, but I suppose everything clicked for me at the right time.”
Amor began the day tied with Paratore and fellow Italian Lorenzo Scalise but after an eagle at the second and a birdie at the fifth he had opened a three-shot advantage. He turned in 34 and was still in charge.
But he faltered on the homeward stretch with three bogeys in the last seven holes and while Paratore wasn’t setting the course on fire, the gap closed and the Italian drew level with a birdie-two at 17.
They were tied with one to play but neither could land the knockout blow. Although both had birdie chances on the final green before signing for 73s and then finding that Li had set the target with a fine 70 to set up the three-way tie.
After sealing his win, Amor paid tribute to Andy McGeorge, who posted 78 before rushing to Amor’s side to take on caddying duties: “On the 17th in the play-off I wanted to hit a seven iron but Andy convinced me it was an eight. It worked perfectly and I can’t thank him enough.”
The three-way two hole play-off brought on some nerves: “But having worked so hard on my game and the backing I have received from my parents, it’s nice to see I’m getting some rewards.”
(Thanks to Leaderboard Photography for permission to use the photo. More Carris Trophy photos here.)
Marlborough bounced back from last week's defeat against Burbage with victory away at Devizes.
After winning the toss and deciding to bowl Marlborough had Devizes in early trouble at 4-1 with Will Langton taking the vital wicket of Joe Wookey. Opener Tom Grant hit 46 for the home side and Jon Bedrook 20, James Langan 19 and Tom Andrew 14 all got starts for Devizes but failed to push on as Marlborough spinner Mike Bush took charge with 6-24 as Devizes lower order crumbled to 122 all out with youngster Fraser Gordon 2-26, Alex Cox 1-31 and Langton 1-24 the other wicket takers for Marlborough.
In reply Marlborough skipper Tom Norris 22 helped to see off the new ball at the top of the order with Bob Homani 30, Peter Day 38 not out and George Penfold 19 not out helping to see Marlborough comfortably home in the 37th over for the loss of 3 wickets with Ben McGowen 1-21, Tim Saye 1-36 and Kyle Pack 1-23 the wicket takers for the home side. Marlborough skipper Norris said "It was good to be back to winning ways and hopefully we can go on another winning run".
Young tennis star George Wardley, hockey star Rachel Cox and swimmer Ella Duncan-Zaleski with Sports Forum chairman Andrew RossIn a week that Andy Murray won the nation's heart by winning the men's singles final at Wimbledon, Marlborough's Sports Forum has awarded a grant to up-and-coming tennis star George Wardley.
The 10 year old, who attends Ramsbury School, told the forum – made up of representatives from all of Marlborough's major sports clubs – that he trains four or five times a week, and was hoping to play in regional tournaments next season.
And the rising star, who already competes at county level, is already used to giving interviews, having appeared on BBC Radio Wiltshire just prior to, and following, Murray's Wimbledon win.
There were also grants for St John's schoolgirls Ella Duncan-Zaleski and Rachel Cox.
Swimmer Ella, from Marlborough, represents the county at backstroke, and may compete at regional level if she can shave a vital second off her time.
Hockey player Rachel plays in midfield or defence for the south west of England squad, and trains at the Junior Regional Performance Centre in Bristol. She is aiming for a place with with the national under 16s squad.
There was a second grant for another young hockey star, Will Seward, whose cheque was collected by his proud father, Peter.
Will was unable to attend the Sports Forum AGM, which was held at Marlborough Town Hall on Thursday (July 11) because he was representing the UK under 18s in a three-match tournament against Germany.
Since last year, Will has left Marlborough Hockey Club to play for the Bath Buccaneers, and his juggling his success on the hockey field with AS levels at St John's Academy.
This year's grants – which are awarded to help the town's young sports stars meet the costs of kit and equipment, travel, and other costs associated with performing at a regional or national level – were made possible thanks to a fundraising dinner held at Marlborough Town Hall last October, at which cricket star Mike Gatting was the guest speaker.
Town councillor Andrew Ross, who presented the awards to the young sporting stars, said the £6,000 raised by the event was 'truly remarkable', and a sum the forum hoped to repeat.
Grants of £500 were also awarded to a couple of the town's newest sports clubs: the netball club and boxing club.
Peter Day hit a brilliant unbeaten 107 as Marlborough recorded their 7th straight win in a hard fought 19 run victory against Winsley in the match kindly sponsored by Track Tractors ltd.
After being asked to bat by the visitors Marlborough thanks to Day's 107 not out reached 247-7 off their 50 overs with Bob Homani 28, James Richardson 24 and Tom Norris 24 also making useful contributions with the bat with Brendan Nasser 2-41 and Peter Orchard 2-19 the pick of the bowlers for Winsley.
In reply Charlie Holton 54, Stuart Hammond 44, Brendon Nasser 38 and Giles Williams 37 always made sure that Winsley were in contention for the victory chase but once again Marlborough stalwart Ben Head made a vital contribution taking 4-48 brilliantly supported by teenager Fraser Gordon making his first team debut 2-36 ensured that Winsley were bowled out for 228 in the 49th over.