Buckingham hosts the best golfers youth has to offer

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Buckingham Golf Club hosted the annual championships of the South East Schools’ Golf Union last Tuesday with 54 single-figure handicappers contesting a 36-hole medal competition.

Seven counties – Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk – entered a team of pupils.

Despite heavy rain, the scores were excellent and in the boys’ team competition, Essex took the honours with an aggregate of 447 from the best three morning and afternoon scores, while Norfolk finished second with 455.

In the girls’ team competition, Hertfordshire won with an aggregate 305 from the best two morning and afternoon scores and the home team of Buckinghamshire were second with 309.

In the individual boys’ competition Chris Hills from Norfolk won with a brilliant one-over par gross of 143, beating Elliot Fullalove from Essex on countback. The individual girls’ winner was Luan Skeates from Hertfordshire with a gross 149.

Sunday saw 168 platers take part in Captain’s Day at Buckingham.

The overall winner was John Shinkwin with an excellent 42 points. Winner of men’s Division One was green keeper Dave Thomson with 41 points, while Division Two was won by Tim Kirtley on countback from Peter Dunn, both scoring 39 points.

Pam Rowett won the ladies’ prize with 34 points.

Club captain Geoff Robb was in good form earlier in the week as he and his partner Sam Newbould progressed to the fifth round of the national Daily Mail foursomes with an excellent home win over Woburn.

The previous day saw the members competing for the Windsor Lad Bowl – an individual matchplay against the course. Robin Long took the honours with an excellent four-up.