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Over the past 9 days members of the Sussex U14 Squad have been playing in 2 very prestigious events. The first being the English Boys' Under 14 Open Amateur Stroke Play for the Reid Trophy.

The entry comprised of 132 boys from all over Europe and even one or two from South Africa. The highest handicap was 6 and the lowest +1.

The boys from Sussex, who gained entry following a ballot, were Charlie Hilton (Ifield), Jack Pooley (Cooden Beach), Joe Sullivan (Chartham Park), Ollie Smith (Royal Ashdown Forest) and Will Townsend (Worthing). The event was played at Preston GC, Lancashire. They played a practice round on 3rd August, followed by 36 holes over the next 2 days. There was then a cut for the last day of the best 70 scores and ties. Joe on 152, Charlie on 154 and Jack on 156 all made the cut for the last day. Ollie and Will who narrowly missed out were out on the course supporting their friends.

All 5 boys were a credit to Sussex and themselves; their behaviour on and off the course was exemplary and it was a pleasure to be associated with them all. The Sussex boys made up 10% of the total numbers of boys from England an achievement in itself.

Please click here for the full results of the Reid Trophy.

                                               l to r: Jack Pooley, Ollie Smith, Will Townsend, Charlie Hilton, Joe Sullivan

The boys then travelled with their parents up to Glenbervie GC in Scotland for the Loretto Scottish Boys and Girls U14 Open Championship. They were joined by Jake Stoneham (Bognor Regis), Erik Anderberg (Nevill) and Billy Groom (Worthing). Again there was an International field. This event was over 2 rounds. After the first round Charlie Hilton was tied in 3rd place with a 72, Jack not far behind on 75, Erik on 76, Billy on 77, Ollie and Jake on 78, Joe on 79 and Will on 81. So for the lower placed boys it was all to play for. Charlie shot a 76 for his second round to finish in 9th place but only 2 behind the winner. He was the best placed Sussex player. Please click here for full results.

I’m sure all the boys enjoyed the experience and will benefit from playing in these events and take away some great memories.

Nicky Reeves
Sussex U14 Manager


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