Wrag Barn defend county junior title
WRAG Barn retained the Wiltshire Junior Championship with a resounding 10-2 victory over North Wilts at Manor House.
The scoreline did not do justice to the closeness of the matchplay contest as three of the matches went to the last hole.
Wrag qualified for the county final by winning the Whitehorse League by a single point ahead of Ogbourne, while North Wilts edged out Broome Manor in the Moonraker League.
In the day’s opener, Wrag’s Jack Seaman was down early on but recovered to lead by three at the 11th.
A blip at the tricky par-five 12th set Seaman back, but he dug deep to close the match out four and three.
Skipper Kendle McCrossan then extended the advantage as he took the lead early and was still ahead at the turn.
Three up at 12, McCrossan then lost out at 15 and 16 and a halved 17th sent the match down to the wire, but the Wrag youngster held his nerve to win the 18th and therefore triumph two up.
Max Drayton could not quite get going against a quality opponent as he was defeated four and two, but then Max Mulcock wrapped up a terrific comeback win.
Mulcock was three down after three but pulled it back to one down after six, before slipping back to five down after 12.
However, Mulcock fought back superbly to triumph one up on the last.
Lewis Ward secured the perfect victory after shooting one-over-par gross for the first 10 holes, giving him an outstanding 10 and eight win.
Guy Drayton was three down after four but slowly clawed his way back into the match.
A birdie two at the 17th put him in the lead for the first time and a half at the last was enough for a one-up success.