THERE was disappointment for the IW golfers taking part in the English Boys’ Under-18s finals for Hampshire last week.
Hampshire were looking to win the competition for the first time in their history, despite their fourth appearance in the finals of the competition.
This year’s finals took place at Derbyshire’s Kedleston Park, with the Hampshire team — including Shanklin and Sandown’s Josh Oddy and Jordan Sundborg, and Freshwater’s Ryan Harmer as captain — taking on teams from Devon, Staffordshire and Yorkshire.
Having beaten Devon on the first day, Hampshire had put themselves in a great position going into the second day.
However, having led 2-1 from the morning foursomes against Staffordshire, the Midlands side came through to win 5-4.
With other results, all four teams had one win from two games, meaning the championship would be decided on the total number of individual games won, unless one of the final two matches ended in a draw.
But with Hampshire missing their top players Harry Ellis and Jack Singh-Brar against Yorkshire on the third day, Hampshire were unable to stay in contention, and lost 6.5-2.5 to come third in the competition, for the second year running.
In the match, Hampshire led 2-1 after the foursomes, with a win for Harmer and Oddy 5&4, and a two-hole defeat for Sundborg and Meon Valley’s Mason Banger. But after Harmer won his singles match, Yorkshire took charge, winning four of the six singles matches to take victory.
Staffordshire won the title overall, after beating Devon comprehensively.