Joshua McCartain and Ethan Stride made up the first two-ball and led the field with confident tee shots, but soon found out why the first hole would play the hardest of the day. Harry Callow, Jamie Burchell and Harry Malin were next to play and Malin quickly established himself as the man to beat, making six pars on the front nine holes. After a rocky first four holes, McCartain found his form and finished the front nine with a series of pars and a birdie at the sixth, keeping the pressure on the leader. Also making a birdie at the sixth, Burchell was beginning to challenge Malin’s lead and only two shots separated them at the turn.
The afternoon boasted a remarkable display of consistency from the leaders, with not a single score worse than a bogey recorded between the three of them and Burchell making his second birdie of the day on the 14th hole. In the end, nobody could pass Malin, whose steady scoring saw him over the line with a fantastic score of net 65. Congratulations to Harry whose hours spent on the putting green are clearly paying off.
Early on the following Sunday morning, the seniors made their way to the Downs for the Goodwood Masters Medal. The competition started with some brilliant scoring amongst those in the early groups; Alistair Adams and Tim Easdown making the most of the beautiful conditions to score birdies on the second, Ian Hamlett landed a birdie on the third and Philip K Burns claimed one on the fifth.
Quick to establish themselves as contenders were Harry Callow and Peter Davies who both played in the Junior Masters Medal on the Saturday. A special mention must go to both of them for taking on two medal competitions on consecutive days.
Statistically, the seventh and 14th holes proved the most difficult on the day with only 14 out of a field of 65 recording par or better on either of these holes. David Light was the only player to land a birdie on the seventh.
The final result had to be settled on count-back between six competitors who all returned a net score of 69. Jason Nicholls came out on top and was delighted with his win. He said; “Winning Sunday's medal on the Downs was part of a great day for me. The weather was glorious and I played with two great guys, Neil and David, both of whom were new to me. The course was in pretty good shape and I struck the ball really well on the back nine, which won me the event on count back. To cap it all, I’d had £2 each way on my favourite golfer, Sergio Garcia, winning The Masters at 45-1. Muchas Gracias Sergio!"