2017 TOURNAMENT REVIEW For a number of reasons the 2017 Championship turned out to be a real thriller ! On the opening day fine weather was frequently with spells of heavy rain, and on the morning of the second day players were subjected to constant rain, which led to play being abandoned at 11.30. In spite of the valiant efforts of the greens staff and numerous volunteers the weather eventually won through and course became unplayable with flooded greens. Nonetheless after a brief suspension of 45 minutes the sun came out and play was resumed, with the competitors enjoying a trouble free afternoon. Trouble free that is except for strong winds which caused a few tricky problems for some. However, Mikey Shepherd [North Berwick GC, East Lothian] coped admirably matching the standard scrath for the day with a gross 73. The final day was played out in glorious sunshine, although the strong winds prevailed sending scores soaring. The CSS for the first day increased by one for the bays to 72, and the girls remained unchanged at 74, on the second day the CSS increased further to 73 for the boys, and to 77 for the girls. While on the final the CSS for girls and the boys increased by 2 to 76 and 73 respectively. At the end of the first day five handicap Matthew Sandoz [Wrexham GC, North Wales] led the field with a score of 74, followed one shot back by two handicapper Henry Warnock Thompson [Littlestone GC, Kent], with Satria Cumming [Lingdale GC, Leicestershire[ a further shot adrift on 76. Hannah Golding [Brocton Hall GC, Staffordshire] led the girls chase for the title witha fine round of 78 off a handicap of 7, while Dylan Shaw Radford [Huddersfield GC, Yorkshire] topped the under 12’s table with a round of 80. The morning of the second day was not so appealing, following a night of heavy rain which persisted throughout the best part of the morning. Henry Warnock Thompson continued his form and overtook the leader with a score of 76 for a two round total of 147. However, Bence Kotel [Royal Baltaton Golf & Yacht Club, Hungary] produced a stunning round of 74 to join him at the top of the leaderboard .O’Hagen [Old Course Ranfurly, Renfrewshire] added a fine round of 75 to card an aggregate score of 153 and claim third place on his own. Meanwhile, Cameron Adam [Royal Burgess GS, Edinburgh] matched his opening round of 77 to share fourth place on 154 with the in-form Joshua Hil [Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE] who added a 76 to his opening round of 78. Hannah Golding took a firm grip on the girls championship adding a score of 80 to her opening round to post a total of 158. With Dylan Shaw Radford returning another round of 80 to head the under 12’s on 160. Mikey Shepherd had the best round of the day with a stunning 73 in the most atrocious conditions. To the winner the spoils!! Glorious weather on the morning final day saw the players optimistic for a good score, but the hopes of a number of them were dashed with high winds playing havoc with the scoring. The Team Trophy, which is decided by taking the two best scores from a team of three players was decided over the first two days of the championship to provide a 72 hole total. This year it was won by The Celtic Raiders, a team from north of the border made up of Cameron Adam, Cameron Johnston [Troon Welbeck GC, Ayshire] and Aiden O’Hagen with a gross score of 3 07. The handicap team prize was won by The Three Girls team of Hannah Golding, Kirsten Porte and Constance Brooks [Gaudet Luce GC, Worcestershire] with a nett score of 281 Hannah Golding continued to show fine form posting a final round of 80 for an aggregate score of 238 to clinch the girls title by 7 shots from her good friend Kirsten Porte [Gaudet Luce GC, Worcestershire], who won the best handicap prize with a nett score of 212. This result allowed Libby Bell [Gosforth Park Ladies GC, Northumberland] in to to be awarded with the best girl’s handicap prize on 221. Young Joshua Berry [Doncaster GC, Yorkshire] took the under 12’s honours after posting a final round score of 77 for a total of 238, pipping Dylan Shaw Radford to the post by a stroke. Playing in the final group, Matthew Warnock Thompson, with a score of 85, fell away to finish in 9th place overall. As did Bence Kotel, who despite a final round of 80 managed to hang on to a share of third place with Duran Gun who made up ground with a card of 76. Cameron Adam maintained his form and his round of 76 took second place one stroke back with an aggregate total of 230. Plus two handicapper, thirteen year-old Joshua Hill, who won the Under 12’s title last year, showed his class and made up the three shot deficit of the second day, carding a quality round of 75, the best round of the day, to climb through the field and take the title on 229, one shot ahead of the chasing pack. The South Moor GC Ladies Captain welcomed everyone to the club and thanked the many volunteers who had made the event possible under the most difficult of conditions. The championship is supported by the St. James Place Wealth Management Group and the prizes were presented by its representative Mike Kyle.