George Whitehall and Ella Mason are crowned junior Cambridgeshire county golf champions
George Whitehall and Ella Mason have been crowned the junior county champions of Cambridgeshire.
For the first time, the boys’ and girls’ championships were held together, concurrently, at St Ives Golf Club.
Newmarket’s Whitehall, 16, produced a brilliant display in the second round to win the Cambridgeshire Area Golf Union Boys’ Championships.
Ely City’s Alfie Guy-Pinkney, 17, and Gog Magog’s Jake Plumb, 14, set the standard in the morning, both firing rounds of 73, while Whitehall shot 77.
In the afternoon, Whitehall hit a one-under-par 71 to return a gross total of 148, which was three clear of the field.
Bourn’s James Edwards finished second on countback from Guy-Pinkney, with both shooting a total of 151.
The one-round under-14 section was won by Plumb, while the under-12s category, played off the red tees, was sealed by Sam Marshall with 76.
Thorpe Wood’s Rylan Thomas was the nett winner with 139.
Mason continued her run of success in the Cambs & Hunts Ladies County Golf Association Girls’ Championships as the Ely City player scooped her third title in a row.
In her first 36-hole competition, Olivia Wynne won the nett prize and Alex Sparrow claimed the Biddy Wade Trophy.
David Gamble, the CAGU junior organiser, said: “It was an excellent competition and incredibly high standard.
“Cambridgeshire are going massively forward in terms of golf. The week before, all those boys concerned won the East Midlands League and then on Sunday our under-16s squad won the Tom Fynn Trophy, beating Suffolk and Leicestershire.
“Cambridgeshire golf with the kids, at every level, is really booming. They are really pushing forward, which is great.”
He added: “It was really good to get the boys’ and girls’ championships played together for the first time.
“They weren’t competing against each other, they were held concurrently but went out in handicap order and played together so it was really good.”