With an excellent round of 73 gross (68 nett), Jack Nicholson of King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds was crowned Boys' Champion at the Suffolk Schools' Golf Association Championship hosted by Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club and jointly sponsored by Ransomes Jacobsen and E-Z-GO, both Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) companies.
In windy conditions, making the links at Felixstowe a tough challenge, Blaize Esmond of Otley College scored a gross 77, nett 74 to secure the Girls' championship from runner up, Alice Barlow of Great Cornard Middle School, who scored a gross 87, nett 77 and who also won the Girls' Under 16 title.
Forty-five boys and 10 girls, all with handicaps of 12 or less, represented a record number of 24 schools across the county at the invitational event, which featured winning students from the regional heats held during the summer at Haverhill, Finn Valley and Diss golf clubs.
Commenting at the presentation of the awards, David Wright, Chairman of the SSGA said, "The standard of play this year was of the highest order, especially when you take into account the strong winds that blew all day. The course was in excellent condition and I congratulate not only the winners of the respective competitions, but also all of the competitors for their exemplary attitude and conduct throughout the day.
All are a credit to their schools and the clubs they represent. I would also like to thank Ransomes Jacobsen and E-Z-GO for their continued support of this championship. They are a significant local company and have sponsored the championship for many years now and, we are indebted to them for their help."
Winner: Jack Nicholson, gross 73; Runner Up: George Copsey, gross 76; 3rd Place: Paul Waring, gross 77
Boys U16 Championship
Winner: George Copsey, gross 76
Nett Winner: Lewis Staff, nett 72; Robert Salter, nett 76
Stableford Winner: John Logan, 31 pts; Runner Up, Calum Hinton, 30 pts; 3rd place: Josh Robertson, 30 pts
Nett Winner: Sam Nicholson, nett 71; Runner Up: Daniel Jennings, nett 72
Stableford Winner: Harrison Carter, 36 pts; Runner Up: Jack Heiney, 32 pts; 3rd place: Marcus Ridley, 32 pts
Winner: Blaize Esmond, gross 77; Runner Up: Alice Barlow, gross 87
Nett Winner: Elouise Aldous, nett 75; Runner Up: Melissa Schroeder, nett 79
Stableford Winner: Lily Kent, 31pts; Runner Up: Lottie Whyman, 27pts
Girls U16 Champion
Winner: Alice Barlow, Gross 87