Duo narrowly miss out on Ian Poulter Invitational

The Bedford's Dillon Basi was the player to beat in the Copper Division. Picture (c) The Sports Journalist
The Bedford's Dillon Basi was the player to beat in the Copper Division. Picture (c) The Sports Journalist

A talented young duo from Beds & County Golf Club narrowly missed out on a coveted spot at the Ian Poulter Invitational at Woburn as they finished second and third in the fifth round of The Shires Tour.

It was George Elderton from Northants County who earned a place at the prestigious tournament after winning the qualifying event with 41 points at Kingsthorpe Golf Club on Sunday.

With the best U18 boy or girl – who has a handicap of 16 or less – qualifying to play alongside 100 juniors on the Marquess course on July 21, Elderton finished points two ahead of Beds & County club-mates Ben Jones and Oliver Saunders, who collected the top two prizes in the Gold Division.

Beds & County’s Beth Healey picked up the nearest the pin prize for her exquisite tee shot on the long par three 13th hole.

Northampton’s Ben Lavender continued his fine form at the start of the season as he clinched the Silver Division on count-back from home club member Owen Watts with 38 points.

Beds & County’s Jack Manley won the nearest the pin on the fourth hole.

The outstanding score of the day in the 18-hole competition came in the Bronze Division as James Bates grabbed an excellent 42 points on his home course.

Manato Nakatani’s trip up from Finchley Golf Club in London proved successful as he won the nearest the pin prize on his way to second spot with 40 points.

Finlay Cummins capped a good day for the Beds & County contingent by hitting the longest drive down the eighth hole.

In the Copper Division, Dillon Basi from The Bedford was the player to beat as he grabbed a commanding 35 points over nine holes to finish three ahead of Kingsthorpe’s Thomas Bates.

Dillon’s club-mate from The Bedford, Kai Williams, bagged the nearest the pin prize on the ninth.

For more details about how to compete in the next tournament at Kilworth Springs on Sunday, May 24, please visit the Shires Tour website at www.shiresjuniorgolftour.co.uk