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Bishop's Stortford Golf Club's Max Hopkins leads the way in Hertfordshire Schools' Scratch Tournament


By Michael Vaughton


Max Hopkins qualified for two future events thanks to a good performance in the Hertfordshire Schools’ Scratch Tournament.

The Bishop’s Stortford Golf Club member returned three birdies and just one bogey in a two-under-par round of 70 on Hanbury Manor’s championship course, which was designed by Jack Nicklaus.

It meant Hopkins, who attends Hockerill Anglo-European College, captured the under-16 title as well as coming second in the under-18 event, just one shot behind Greg Hurley. Both boys play off a handicap of plus two.

Hopkins’ victory means he has qualified for the National Schools’ Under-16 Championship at Cleckheaton in Yorkshire, while coming in the top six in the under-18s means he will also be heading to the South East Regional Championship at Flackwell Heath in Buckinghamshire.

He will be joined at the latter by Stortford clubmates George Durkan, who claimed fifth position with a two-over-par round of 74, and Oliver Brunt, who qualified recently via the Cambridgeshire Schools’ Championship.

George Durkan, left, and Max Hopkins of Bishop's Stortford Golf Club at the Hertfordshire Schools' Scratch Tournament (8177425)
George Durkan, left, and Max Hopkins of Bishop's Stortford Golf Club at the Hertfordshire Schools' Scratch Tournament (8177425)

There was also a good performance from Callum Gardiner, playing off a handicap of nine, as he went round the Hanbury Manor course in a gross score of 76 (four over par) to come sixth in the under-16s and ninth in the under-18s.

Meanwhile, Claire and Steve Milner won the greensomes stableford at Stortford with an impressive 45 points.

Wendy and Trevor Price were second on 43 and Gill and Mike Standen scored 42 as they beat two couples to third place on countback.

Steve Milner then made it back-to-back wins as he and partner Dave Lister returned an under-par score of 70.5 to claim Doug Hayter Foursomes glory ahead of Andy Webster and Derek Creay on 71.

Jackie Foster scored 34 points to beat Chris Dawson on countback in the ladies’ Bring and Win competition. The course scratch score for the event went up to 77.

Foster had also celebrated holing from the tee on the 17th with a perfectly-struck five iron in the Bader Trophy.

In the Winter Order of Merit, Blair and Callum Gardiner tied for first with 39 points and Spencer Garrett and Stuart Day shared second place on 38.

Garrett has moved up four places to fifth on the aggregate score after dropping a 33 from his total.



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