Wrag’s riches out in Spain
WRAG Barn Juniors may have missed out on team glory at the Junior Team Golf Home International Final but they did pick up two individual awards.
The Highworth-based side qualified for the finals at Antequera Golf Club in Spain after finishing runners-up in November’s English National Final.
Wrag’s first match in Pool B saw them pitched against Welsh National Champions Aberdare but with all their team giving away shots to their opponents it was always going to be a tough ask.
However, Wrag produced a dominant performance against Aberdare as they clinched a 4-2 victory. Jack Seaman, Max Mulcock and Max Drayton won their matches while Kendle McCrossan and Lewis Ward halved their matches and Ross Loveridge suffered Wrag’s only loss.
Wrag were brought down to earth with a bump on day two with Mulcock clinching his side’s only success in defeat against Eire Champions Mallow.
That defeat left Wrag Barn needing victory against Scottish Champions Turnhouse to stand a chance of advancing to the final stages of the tournament.
Drayton, Mulcock and Loveridge all won their matches while halves from Harry Hillerby and McCrossan scured a 4-2 win for Wrag. The result left Wrag Barn level on points with two other teams in Pool B and they missed out on the knockout stages by rubbers difference.
Northern Ireland’s Belvoir Park and Ireland’s Mallow contested the final with the latter triumphing 6-0 while Wrag Barn faced Abergele in a play-off for fifth place.
Mulcock, Drayton, Ward, Hillerby and Drayton won their matches as Wrag beat Abergele 5-1 to secure fifth.
Wrag Barn though didn’t leave Spain empty-handed with Mulcock awarded the Paul Casey Trophy for having the best playing record during the week after winning four wins from four matches. McCrossan also picked up an award - the Sir Alex Hay Memorial Trophy - for his personal contribution to junior golf.
Junior coach Richard Ward said: of his team’s efforts: “This week was a great experience for all concerned and we thank the competition organisers and management team.
“Our thanks also go to all those at Wrag Barn that supported our quest to become Home International Champions and so generously gave to the team’s fund raising.
“To come fifth at the end of the week felt disappointing at the time but our match statistics show Wrag Barn deserved to be much higher up the leader board.
“Now the event is over and we have all had time to reflect I have nothing but pride and admiration for the efforts of the Wrag Barn juniors.
“The behaviour and etiquette of the squad was second to none and the boys represented Wrag Barn, Wiltshire and England with honour. Being the fifth best Junior Golf Team in Great Britain & Ireland is not a bad feeling at all.”