Teams from the eleven counties of the South East Group assembled at Blackmoor on 4th July 2018 for their practice rounds in preparation for the County Championship Qualifier the following day.
This is a 36 hole strokeplay event with the best five scores (morning and afternoon) from the six members of each team are taken to make up the team score. This is a challenging format which was made all the more challenging by the weather conditions on the day and over the previous weeks. The course was dry and hard after almost a month of sunshine and high temperatures which meant that adaptability would be key.
Some of the players had a tough time but others managed to tame the course and conditions and post rounds that were better than par. Four players were able to finish the day with tremendous performances better than par for the 36 holes.
The individual winner was Max Hopkins of Hertfordshire (pictured below) who scored 67 + 65 = 132 (-6). Max would have been rewarded with a place in the Carris Trophy at the end of July if it wasn't for the fact that he has also been selected to represent England at the same time. Well done Max. Individual results can be found here.
The winning team was Kent (pictured below with Mike Rees - President of the South Eastern Group) with a total score of 711 (+21). Runners-up were BB&O only one stroke behind and Sussex finished third on 716 (+26). Full team results are available here.
Our thanks go to the Committee, staff and members of Blackmoor Golf Club who did everything they could to ensure that the event was a great success.
Photographs were graciously supplied by Andrew Grffin/AMG Pictures).