Walmey - and Jones - dominate the 2012 Schools
David Morgan - Thursday, 12 April, 2012
Only Chris Fisher (34 - level par) and Atherstone's Ben Whetstone (36) played that nine close to par - Fisher came unstuck with a pair of double bogies on the 15th and 16th and shot 76 whilst Whetstone bogied then double-bogied two par fives in his 78.
Jonathan Kirby lost four to Thomas on the back nine and could not make those shots up (he shot 76), exactly the same problems as Moor Hall's Findlay Mason had, so Thomas had only one more player to worry about.
That was fellow Walmley member Jamie Calvert - and if you haven't noticed already, there were two other Walmley Juniors already mentioned (or not - so as too keep one additional success for the end of this feature). Both Chris Fisher and Jonathan Kirby show how much work Walmley have done and continue to do in developing Junior Golf at their club - and at the Schools they reaped the rewards for that effort.
Jamie matched Thomas's back nine of 35 but he ruined his chances with a seven on the 7th (although Thomas took a six) and when Jamie bogied the 9th he posted a 75 to Thomas's 72. The lesson and all the hard work had paid off and Thomas Jones was a Warwickshire Champion!
The U16s trophy is actually an U15s competition, since the English Schools Golf Association changed the rules for the entry to their mid-junior championship. It (the ESGA version) has been won by a certain Nick Dougherty. After this years Warwickshire Championships, the name on 'our' trophy is a certain Sam Broadhurst with a 79, so Sam will go to the national championship trying to add another 'tour' name to its base.
Four school teams posted stableford totals of over 70 points but two points clear was Etone School from Nuneaton, the first time they have won this trophy and the right to play in the English Schools Finals at Woodhall Spa this Summer - the winning team was Brett Allington, Charlotte Hartshorn and Sam Broadhurst with 75 points
It has become a bit of a habit at the Schools that the last card in is the winner of the nett - and this year added to that record as Shirley's Sam McLelland handed in a 63, playing off 23. Sam did not make the Alderbook School team and had he done so, they would have won that part of the day.
He only just beat (very) late entrant Daniel Brookson, another Shirley Junior, who as first reserve took that opportunity to shoot a nett 65.
The Boys team, for the Midland Schools to be held at Matlock GC in Derbyshire in early June, is -
Wild-card: Findlay Mason
CLICK HERE for the Gross results
CLICK HERE for the Nett results
Prizes and Trophies were very kindly presented by Elizabeth Earnshaw, President of the WLCGA
The hospitality of Stonebridge was superb for the whole day - and they were thanked by all concerned