Milton Golf Club’s all-conquering junior team, from left: Kai Raymond, Ollie Clark, Matty Mills, Euan Herson (captain), Jacob Williams, Charlie Pearce, Shivani Karthikayen, Rylan Thomas.
It was a breathtaking performance by the Milton youngsters who attended the seven-team event as English champions after winning their national title last October.
Milton led the qualifying – a 27-hole stroke play format over three nine-hole courses – before beating Scottish opponents Dumfries with 5.5-2.5 in the semifinals.
Charlie Pearce and Ollie Clark recorded wins by a large margin, while Euan Herson, Shivani Karthikeyan and Kai Raymond also had comfortable wins.
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Milton Stars raise the Junior Home International Trophy.
Karthikeyan, a four-handicapper, was one of only two girls to play on day of the final while Herson struggled back from an early two-hole deficit.
Semi-final results: Jacob Williams cut in half, Rylan Thomas lost 6 & 4, Euan Herson won 2 & 1, Shivani Karthikeyan won 3 & 1, Ollie Clark won 6 & 5, Charlie Pearce won 7 & 6, Kai Raymond won 4 & 2, Matty Mills lost 3 & 2.
The Warren Golf Club from Essex again made the format available to the opponent for the final with singles match play.
Milton had beaten these opponents in the English final last year but fell back early on before rallying to a famous 6-2 win.
Scratch player Jacob Williams led from the front with a 5 & 3 win as Milton sealed four games and forced halves in the other four games to take the trophy.
Herson came from three down with three points to play to take his half while Karthikeyan, who also won the Paul Casey Trophy for best gross matchday results, and Raymond took their second wins of the day. Medium handicap Matty Mills also shone to affirm his status as the team’s “secret weapon”.
Final results: Jacob Williams won 5 & 3, Rylan Thomas halved, Euan Herson halved, Shivani Karthikeyan won 4 & 3, Ollie Clark halved, Charlie Pearce halved, Kai Raymond won 1 and Matty Mills won 3 & 2.
The action was filmed by Sky Sports for broadcast later this year.
The Milton Junior organizers Derek Mankelow and Charles Gunn were of course delighted with the national success.
In a joint statement it said: “This is an incredible achievement and we are all so proud of everything our juniors have achieved in the last 12 months. District champion, then regional winner, then the English title and finally winning the home national championship in 2021!
“Without our professional team, our supportive parents and our fantastic team spirit, this would not have been possible. Thanks also to the club members who helped fund junior golf in Milton and to Nuix Ltd and Northants Golf for all of their sponsorship. “