The Junior Matchplay title for Beadlow Juniors was played out between arguably the two most successful youngsters of the year – outgoing Junior Captain Annabel Pitts and Junior Club Champion Luke Charalambous.
Both had come through well contested semi-finals by the tightest of margins with Pitts beating Luke Baynham (hcp 4) on the 19th and Charalambous overcoming Sean Foster (hcp 15) by the same 1 hole margin (¾ handicap difference applied).
Delays in the playing of the Matchplay final were due to both finalists having various golf commitments, not least of which for Pitts was the Junior European Open Finals in Spain, where she travelled with other Beadlow Juniors, Baynham and Jamie Gibbons (hcp 6), and in ideal playing conditions Pitts secured a very creditable 3rd place finish in the girls event.
Her fine form continued into the first few holes of the Junior Matchplay final despite the cooler windier conditions encountered at her home course, and she went 2 up early on but Charalambous retained his composure and worked his way back to all square after 9 holes.
The weather continued to deteriorate with persistent heavy rain adding to the challenge for both players but despite this some fine golf was played, as the match ebbed and flowed.
Charalambous moved into a potentially decisive 2 hole lead winning the 10th and 11th holes, but Pitts remained unfazed as she came back to win the 12th and 13th, the latter via a great up and down to bring the match back to all square again.
Charalambous then won the par 5 14th, and a superb iron shot to 8 foot on the short 15th hole resulting in a fine birdie saw him go 2 up again, this time with 3 to play.
Nonetheless, Pitts hung in to share the 16th and then a poor tee shot and uncharacteristic putting error from Charalambous allowed Pitts to scramble a hole back on 17 to take the match to the 18th hole.
An imperious 6 iron from Charalambous to 6 foot left Pitts needing to hole her bunker shot which she was unable to do, and the hole was conceded to give a 2 up victory to Charalambous to regain the Matchplay title he last won in 2013.
The Junior Matchplay final completed another highly successful Junior season which was recognised and celebrated at the Clubs recent presentation afternoon.
Both club and county trophies were presented to a host of well deserving juniors, in a season which saw team victories in the Tavistock Trophy (for a third year in a row) and the Patrons Trophy and various individual honours at county level, the pick of which being wins for Annabel Pitts in the Girls County and County Mixed Foursomes events and runner up in the Ladies County competition.
Despite continued success Beadlow Manor is always looking to encourage more youngsters to get into golf. In addition to its Junior membership the club also operates a highly successful coaching program throughout the year, for members and non-members alike. Anyone wishing to get into Junior golf at Beadlow Manor should contact the Junior Organiser (Gary Boyle, 07787 935992) for further information.