BOSTON Golf Club’s leading junior players Jordan Wrisdale and Billy Spooner, were part of the Lincolnshire team which won the English Boys’ County Finals for the first time in history.
Aged 15 and 13 respectively, they were the two youngest players in the national team event held at Luiffenham Heath, which has an under 18 age limit.
The three-day championship finals consists of three games of 18-hole foursomes matchplay in the morning and six games of 18-hole singles matchplay in the afternoon.
Teams of seven players from the four qualifying counties play each other in a round robin format.
Despite never having won the title, the Lincolnshire team, which also included Boston West’s Patrick Kelly, went into the tournament with great expectations given the wealth of young talent around the county.
In the opening match against Devon, Billy and Jordan won their foursomes against Anthony McGeorge and Jimmy Mullen by three and two, but in the singles, Mullen got his revenge over Jordan by two and one in a close game.
Not so for McGeorge as Billy ran out winner by two holes in a game which saw him make a hole-in-one on the ninth.
With Patrick Kelly also recording an opening win, Lincolnshire won the match by five and a half to three and a half.
The Boston pairing made a half on the second day in their foursomes against Yorkshire but both went down narrowly in the singles as Lincolnshire halved the match overall.
Patrick maintained his unbeaten record.
On the final day, Lincolnshire faced Surrey, multiple former winners and tournament favourites, but this did not faze the Lincolnshire players, least of all Jordan and Billy.
Another win in the foursomes saw them up and ready for the singles.
With Patrick winning the opening singles and a two and one win by Jordan over Bradley Thomas, a momentous win was on the cards, but with all of the remaining games extremely close, it was too close to call.
The pivotal game came when Billy made a fantastic up and down as he went down the 17th hole to remain one up and then eagled the final hole to close the game out.
This gave Lincolnshire their first ever championship with a significant contribution from the Boston contingent after five points from Boston West’s Kelly, four and a half from Spooner and three and a half from Wrisdale.
Back at Cowbridge, the August Pairs Betterball saw some consistent scoring and a win on countback for Darrel Daley and Ian Humphries.
Result: 1 Darrel Daley (16) & Ian Humphries (8), 41pts, 2 Sam Vickers (5) & Keith Vickers (9), 41pts, 3 Glenn Tyler (8) & Geoffrey Willetts (12), 40pts, 4 Colin Trestrail (3) & Josh Payne (18), 40pts, 5 Chris Cook (13) & Nathan Cook (3), 40pts, 6 Colin Woodcock (14) & Ross Woodcock (8), 39pts, 7 Dale Fletcher (11) & Alan Green (16), 39pts, 8 Denis Limb (9) & Graham Day (14), 39pts, 9 Mick Wood (11) & Stuart Burgin (8), 39pts, 10 Ian McDonald (11) & Carl Stanney (8) 38pts.
In the ladies’ August Stableford, 11-year-old Erin Brown won her first tournament, just pipping Maureen Green on a countback.
Result: 1 Erin Brown (36), 40pts, 2 Maureen Green(17), 40pts, 3 Marian Smith (28), 35pts
4 Jackie Short (17), 33pts, 5 Fran Grant (18), 33pts, 6 Margaret Hardy (23), 33pts, 7 Yvonne Wright (20), 32pts, 8 Pat Clifton (36), 32pts
9 Liz Harris (25), 32pts, 10 Pam Hyde (18), 31pts.
The first wet day of the season greeted Newark Seniors when they visited Boston Golf Club to play their return fixture.
This year the weather has been mostly hot and sunny for the matches both home and away and with 20 games now completed that is not a bad record.
Despite the constant rain through the match it did not dampen players’ spirits and some excellent golf was played by both sides.
The match was closely contested with Boston the eventual winners 6-4.