Northants Golf

Review of 2018: Successful year for NGL Junior Order of Merit

Jacob Williams (Peterborough Milton) and Hattie Billson (Northants County) collected the Boys and Girls Gross trophies respectively in the 2018 NGL Junior Order of Merit Grand Final at Northants County GC.

Williams carded a round of 75 to finish three ahead of Ben Lavender (Northampton), while Billson’s score of 77 earned her a comfortable victory from Ashleigh Critchley (Kettering).

The best net round came from Oliver Godwin as the Overstone Park member fired a brilliant net 66 to secure the Boys prize. 

Isaac Redding (Wellingborough) collected the runners-up prize, while Northampton’s Katie Amos took the Girls net honours by two from club-mate Leah Ribano.

Demi-Leigh Petruschke beat Overstone Park club-mate Cheynelle Bolton and Eleanor Hamilton (Northampton) by one in the Girls nine-hole event.

Arguably the best performance of the day came from the youngest competitor as Isaac Wakefield (Peterborough Milton) won the Boys nine-hole tournament from runner-up William Nunn (Northants County).

With the competition doubling up as the Moulton College Junior Open, home club member Charlie Salter, who won the 2018 County Boys title, bagged another top prize as he finished ahead of club-mate Harry Oddy with a gross one-under-par 69.

Hats signed by European Ryder Cup heroes Justin Rose, Francesco Molinari, Tommy Fleetwood and Thorbjørn Olesen were also won by Tyler Langwith (Overstone) and Theo Brown (Northants County).

The Grand Final capped an exceptional season for the NGL Junior Order of Merit as record-breaking fields competed in all the qualifying events throughout the year.

Brown sealed the 2018 Boys Gross Order of Merit with three victories, while Northampton’s Mark Stockdale took the honours in the Boys Net category.

County Girls Champion Ashleigh Critchley recorded three more wins as she topped the Girls Gross Order of Merit, while Shivani Karthikeyan (Peterborough Milton) was the outstanding performer in the Girls Net Order of Merit.

With six different players winning the eight Boys Nine-hole competitions this year, Jack Meakin was crowned Order of Merit champion, while Wellingborough club-mate Olivia Barby finished first in the Girls Nine-hole Order of Merit.

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