Monday, September 22, 2014

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS - Title win gives Jack Thomas junior 'Grand Slam'

The finalists
Jack Thomas & Callum McLean
Jack Thomas (Irvine GC) became the first player to win the four major junior titles in Ayrshire in one season on Sunday 21st September when he beat Callum McLean (Caprington) in the final of the Ayrshire Junior Champion Of Champions competition over the Prestwick St Nicholas course, to complete the 'Grand Slam' of Junior Champion Of Champions, Ayrshire Boys Championship, Ayrshire Boys Matchplay and Ayrshire Junior Order Of Merit titles.

In the final it was McLean who took an early lead, winning the second with a par three after the opening hole had been halved in pars. The lead was short lived however, a par four at the short third hole being good enough for Thomas to square the match.

The next seven holes were halved in pars before Thomas took the lead for the first time in the match with a winning par five at the eleventh hole, then extended his advantage to two holes with a birdie two at the short twelfth.
League Chairman John Stobie
with the winner Jack Thomas

The long thirteenth was halved in fours before Thomas extended his lead to three holes, with four remaining, with a winning par four at the fourteenth.

At the fifteenth hole, Mclean could do nothing to stem the tide, Jack Thomas securing a winning birdie three for a 4 & 3 win and the Champion Of Champions title for 2014.

At the end of play, League Chairman John Stobie (Prestwick St Nicholas) presented the trophy to the new champion, Jack Thomas.

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