The top seeds prevailed today at Belmont Hills and both the Championship and Red Tee Divisions will have 1 v 2 finals tomorrow. 

Defending champion Mikus Ming's greater experience helped him overcome the relative newcomer Samson Douglas 6&4 in the first semi-final. In the other semi-final, Dakota Lamb continued his steady play to get past young Kenny Leseur 5&4, exacting some revenge from the Aon Benfield Fecchio Cup in December where Kenny pushed Dakota into second place on the way to his first Blue Tee major championship. Dakota and Mikus will face off in a 36 hole final tomorrow.

Spencer Young continued his great play with a convincing win over Marcos Furr, 8&7. The other semi-final was the polar opposite, with Ryan Clements needing an extra hole to see off Kian Mooney on the 19th. Kian was never up in the match and fought back valiantly - he was down from the first hole and three down after 4 holes but clawed his way back to all square after 10 holes. Ryan bounced right back and was again 2 up with four holes to play but a birdie from Kian on the 17th squared the match again. After matching bogeys on the 18th, Ryan once again won the first hole to seal the match at the 19th to set up a final showdown against Spencer.

The consolation division saw two competitive matches with Louis Hammond outlasting the more experienced Ethan Sousa to win 2 up. Louis' brother Rudi couldn't get past Joe Watson in the other semi-final to set up a Hammond family showdown with Joe taking the match 3&2. Joe will aim for the Hammond family sweep in the final tomorrow against Louis.

In the Novice division, Owen Dibbley continued his fine play with a nine hole score of 49 in round 2, giving him a two day, 18 hole, total of 94. Benjamin Betschart had the low round of the day with a 47, vaulting himself two places up the leaderboard into second place, seven shots behind Owen. Noelle Weight continued her steady play in her first BJGA major event with a round of 51, one better than her first round score to sit in third place, ahead of Oliver Betschart on retrogression on 103. Callum Pearce is in 5th after an improved round of 52 and Finn Watson is in sixth following his round of 61 in which nearly half of his score was accumulated on three bad holes, steady play on the other six holes keeping him within touching distance of Callum.


Full results are posted online HERE and hopefully there will be some pictures on Facebook later this evening.   

[July 4, 2016]

Congratulations to Dakota Lamb and Spencer Young, medalists in the 2016 BJGA National Championships. 


Dakota kept mistakes to a minimum, firing a solid round of +2 (72) consisting of an even par front nine and 2 over par back nine. Kenny Leseur made the turn at (+1) but faltered down the stretch, taking triple bogey 7's on both 16 and 18 to finish with a round of +7 (77). Kenny's round contained 6 birdies so he will be ruing his costly mistakes and thinking what might have been with two double bogeys to go with the closing triples. Samson Douglas and Luke Watson will play as the 4 and 5 seeds to see who will take on the number 1 seed and defending champion, Mikus Ming.


Spencer had the benefit of playing the final group and seeing the 9 hole scores of the rest of the field posted as he made the turn. Ethan Sousa had a two shot lead at the turn (+4) with Marcos Furr (+6), Kian Mooney (+7), Spencer and Ryan Clement (both +8) close behind. Spencer held his round together better on the back nine as mother nature gave the course and the players a good soaking with a heavy downpour. Ethan was the worst affected by the conditions (and perhaps some nerves knowing he was playing with the lead), slipping to a 94 which was equalled by Kian Mooney. Ryan Clements was the early leader in the clubhouse with his round of +19 (89) but a double bogey on the final hole was costly. Spencer parred the difficult closing hole to take the medalist honours and number one seed by 2 shots with a round of +17, 87.


In the Novice Division, Owen Dibbley took home the honours in the opening day 9 hole tournament with a fine round of 43. Callum Pearce was second on the day, finding form too late (closing with two pars) to catch Owen. Finn Watson (56) and Noelle Weight (61) rounded out the division.


Adam Perry won both the front and back nines by one point over Kian Mooney, winning the day with 57 total stableford points accumulated in his gross round of 69 (+15). Kian was a close seond with 55 points (gross 71 (+17), just ahead of the chasing pack of Oliver Betschart (49), Ethan Sousa (46) and Nicholas Weikl (45). We had two debutants at Turtle Hill with Noelle and James Weight playing for the first time in a full BJGA tournament.


Tournament Results are on the tournament page here.  


The first round of Match Play is in the books and the day went just about to form with the only upset being the number 5 seed Marcos Furr taking out the number 4 seed Ethan Sousa in the Red Tee Division.
Samson Douglas has earned the right to take on defending champion Mikus Ming in the Championship Division semi-final by beating Luke Watson in the 4/5 seed match. Dakota Lamb will take on young Kenny Leseur in the second semi-final.
In the Red Tee Championship Division, Medalist Spencer Young was successful against young Louis Hammond 4&3 and he will take on Marcos in the first semi-final tomorrow. Ryan Clements took out the other Hammond, older brother Rudi, 5&4 and will take on Kian Mooney tomorrow after Kian beat Joe Watson by the same margin.
Owen Dibbley has a slim 2 shot lead in the Novice Division over Oliver Betschart after his 9 hole score of 45. Noelle Weight is a further 5 shots behind with a 9 hole score of 52, closely followed by Benjamin Betschart, Finn Watson (both 54) and Callum Pearce (56).
We wish all the players luck tomorrow in their matches and the full bracket with tee times can be found here -
Spencer and Louis on the 6th

We played a Stableford Tournament this week with a prize for the most points. Benjamin Betschart took home the spoils (and spoils they were - the prize was a voucher for ice cream!) with 32 points. Adam Perry was second with 29 points. The gross results are on the tournament page - it was great to see Thomas Wells back out again. 


Stableford Leaderboard: 

1. Benjamin Betschart       32

2. Adam Perry                  29

3. Ethan Sousa                 27

4. Oliver Betschart            25

5. Thomas Wells               12

6. Nicholas Weikl              11 (stopped after 9 holes)                


Nearest the Pins - 

#6 - Benjamin Betschart

#11 - Ethan Sousa


Next week (June 11) is Tucker's Point and we will do a stableford tournament again with nearest the pin prizes.