Caelan & Leo Set the Mark
Caelan Dhami took the honours in the opening 18 hole stableford on the Griffin course by beating his pal Leo Cahi on countback. Both Sussex Champions last year (Caelan under 12s, Leo Under 13s) and clearly still both working hard on their games. Both players scored a tremendous 41 points on a cold damp January day and both setting the standard for the coming year. If they both keep working hard it is going to be a tremendous year watching them.
In the February stableford, it was Caelan again who came out on top this time with 35 points and 2 points ahead of Kade Fullarton. It looks like Caelan will be hard to beat again this year but there is a long way to go as the season is just approaching.
Jacob Taylor, the 2021 Junior Academy Champion, started the season off perfectly scoring 18 points in the opening 9 hole stableford. The 8- year old showed his class in a cold January day to lead the field by 4, pushing Orla Phelan into a creditable second place.
In the second event there were a couple of outstanding performances with Kade Fullarton and Caelan Dhami both scoring a gross 31. This gave Kade the win with an outstanding 22 points and Caelan finishing 2nd with 18 points just pipping Lucas Taylor into 3rd on Countback.
And Kade Fullarton had his third win of the year when he finished top again in the March 9 Hole Stableford. His 19 points just edged in front of Jacob Taylor who still holds a comfortable lead in the Order of Merit. But with only the best 6 of the first 9 events to count Kade’s 2 wins from 2 may hold him in good stead as we move deeper into the season.
In the April 9-Hole Stableford the fast improving Jack Harrison-Lennon posted his best score to finish just one ahead of last years 9 Hole Champion, Lucas Taylor, who needed the good finish to keep within touching distance of his brother who despite only finishing 4th, still extended his lead at the top of the Order of Merit.
Joshua Stone has been showing everyone the benefit of practicing consistently when in the May 9-hole Stableford he romped home with 22 points to finish 3 clear of Ioan Havard’s best finish of 19 points which pipped the back in form Freddie Hopkins from 2nd spot. Again the ever consistent Jacob Taylor extended his lead further with another 4th place.
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Freddie Hopkins has bounced back after a light 2021. Partnering his dad Dean, Freddie won the Winter Junior Adult Foursomes with a score of 31 which tied with Joshua and Darren Stone who were pipped into second place on count back. It was the 4th second place in a row for Joshua Stone, but we know if he keeps working hard he will find the silverware again. Third place was grabbed by Laif Campbell with his dad Warren who beat 2 other pairs on count back with a score of 34.
Freddie Steals Winter Pairs from Lucas
With rounds 4 and 5 being cancelled due to course closures Freddie Hopkins finished 3rd in the final event, partnered with Aidan Riley to finish just one point ahead of Lucas Shek who finished a disappointing tied 6th. it was a tight finish for many with only 2.5 points separating the top 5 players in the Order of Merit.
The final event was won by Charlie Boyes and Joshua Stone.
Winter Scramble another Success
With scrambles not being played over the last couple of years due to Covid, it was great to see friendliest of formats being enjoyed once more. With over 30 participants the scoring was fantastic and it was great to see new winners holding the trophies. Pat Phelan led his kids Orla and Daniel to the top of the leaderboard and very ably assisted by seasoned champion Kade Fullarton. The team finished just one shot ahead of Darren and Joshua Stone with Alfie Peacock
Winning Team help Freddie grab another Trophy
Freddie Hopkins has been in great form of late. With winning the Winter Pairs and the Winter Foursomes he has also won the Easter Scramble with the team of Megan Steel, Grayce Hitchmough and Dawn Box. Their net score of 23 (-7) was two clear of Joey Zhang, Jingjing Liu, Howard Lennon and Jack Harrison Lennon.