Last Saturday and Sunday saw fourteen Juniors and five 'dads' take part in the 3rd Walmley Junior Ryder cup. The draw for teams had been made at the junior championships 2 weeks previously and, on paper, the Americans were the strongesJoe Moore & Billy Sansome captained the Europeans whilst Vice Captain Noah Winwood lead the USA. Billy was captain for the Saturday foursomes and oversaw a near 'blue' wash by the Europeans. However once the chips arrived from Atlantis fish bar thoughts turned to the Sunday singles.....
Last years event was a very close finish with a 7-6 victory for Europe. This meant that Europe just needed 2 1/2 points from 8 singles matches to retain the Sam Ryder trophy.
Ben Storer leads off for the USA
Arjan practises his one handed putting
Captain Winwood sent out the top 3 from the order of merit to get some early points on the board for the Americans. But European singles Captain Joe Moore had similar ideas and so the two Bens and Noah himself all lost for the USA. Once Tom Quiggin had despatched Alfie Barron 8&6, the Ryder Cup was retained comfortably.
The highlight for the USA was a win by the rejuvenated Joe Creed beating Seb Bagley 5&3 but by then it was all too late.
Matt Earle completed the rout with his win over 'rookie' Jacob Delicate and Europe won the 2018 Junior Ryder Cup by 9 1/2 to 2 1/2. Maybe an omen for a similar event in Paris next weekend
Ben Storer v Joe Moore
Ben Evans v Matt Ryan
Noah Winnwood v Arjan Billan
Alfie Barron v Tom Quiggin
Joe Creed v Seb Bagley
Jacob Delicate v Matt Earle
USA Captain Noah Winwood & winning European Captain Joe Moore with the trophy