It has been an exciting and eventful year for the Abridge Junior section. We are fortunate to have some very accomplished golfers in this age group.
In June at Upminster Golf Club , Curtis Knipes successfully defended his title as Essex Amateur Champion. In his opening round he recorded 7 birdies and dropped just one shot to set a new amateur course record of 63.
Curtis also won the Abridge club championship for the second year in succession!
The Junior team had an excellent run in the Essex Youth Shield (Scratch) competition. The team reached the knockout stage by winning their group and went on to finish runners up.
A highlight was in the semi-finals where we played against Orsett. In what turned out to be the pivotal match, George Hallybone came back from 5 down with 6 to play, to chip in on the 18thfor a win taking Abridge through to the final against Colchester.
Sadly, the date of the final clashed with the date of the England Golf Union Men’s County Champion of Champions tournament at Woodhall Spa, which Curtis Knipes had qualified for as Essex men’s champion.
Abridge Juniors at Clacton
At Clacton, the boys were narrowly beaten by a very strong Colchester side. George was almost the hero again. At 2-2 in matches completed, George was 2 down with 2 to play against Charley Hatley of Clacton. George tied the match on the 18thtaking the match down the 1stbut unfortunately for us, Charley prevailed on the first play-off hole, so result was a 3-2 win to Colchester. Congratulations to them!
Curtis Knipes crowned champion or champions.
Meanwhile, while this match was taking place, Curtis Knipes was busy at Woodhall Spa.
I am delighted and very proud on behalf of Abridge to report that Curtis WON the England Golf Union Champion of Champions event where he birdied the fourth hole in a sudden-death play-off in this 36 hole competition.
I would like to thank all of the boys that represented the club this year and wish them luck in the future. I would like to thank Harvey Sullivan who served as Junior Captain this year.