Wiltshire edge ahead in tight title tussle

Dom Burgess and Tom Stagg

Wiltshire grabbed the advantage in the title fight at the Boys County Championship at King’s Lynn Golf Club when they won the foursomes 2-1.

The morning’s play was extremely tight. Only one match was won outright, by Wiltshire, and the other two were halved.

Wiltshire’s last pair, Dom Burgess and Tom Stagg, (Image © Leaderboard Photography) provided late drama, when they managed to square their game on the 18th.

They went one down after their opponents birdied the 17th, but they came straight back to win the 18th with a par four after the Northants pair overshot the green.

The middle match was also halved, with more fighting spirit from Wiltshire’s James Cooper and Jamie Amor. They went behind in their game for the first time when they lost the 15th, however they got back to all square on the 17th and halved the last.

Jake Bolton and Max Mulcock won the first foursomes point for Wiltshire by the margin of 2/1, They were never behind, and got to three-up after 10, but had to withstand a late challenge form Northamptonshire, who pulled them back to all square after 14.

The Wiltshire pair got back in front with a birdie on the 15th, halved the short 16th in par and claimed their point when the 17th was conceded.

In the day’s other match, Hampshire lead Durham 2-1 after the foursomes. Hampshire’s top pair, Jordan Sondburg and Josh Oddy, were on sizzling form and got to six-under par after 13 holes, having reached the turn at three-under and then adding more birdies on the 10th, 11th and 13th.

They dropped their only shot of the game on the 14th,  but were only temporarily paused before winning their match on the 15th.

Jason Stokes and George Roberts also beat par to give Hampshire another convincing win, beating their opponents 6/4. They played very steady golf, with two birdies and just one bogey to power away from their opponents.

Durham’s Jack Ainscough and Tom Skelton won the other match by two holes, having never been behind.

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