L-R: Harrison Knights, Harvey Simpkins and Joel Tarry. Photo by Bronte Debenham
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Harrison Knights receiving the Green Jacket and Champions Trophy from Neil Doble of Leslies Motors. Photo: Bronte Debenham

On another sun-kissed afternoon at Westridge Golf Centre – and for the second year in succession – the Scratch prize competition at the Leslies Motors Island Junior Masters was won by home club player Harrison Knights last Saturday.

Despite it being gloriously sunny, the winds picked up and were blowing 20-30 mph by the time the players tee’d off and these challenging conditions made it a fantastically tight competition.

Harrison eventually prevailed by just 1 shot from Harvey Simpkins, who in turn was just 1 shot ahead of Joel Tarry in third.

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The Division One Handicap saw Harvey win with a net 64, with home players Harry Lake in second (65) and Will Lakin in third place (66).

The longest drive competition was won by Joel Tarry with an effort of 264 yards, and he also won 1 of the 2 ‘nearest the pin’ competitions, with the other won by Harvey Simpkins.

A charity putting competition was won by Ollie Simpkins (age 9), and this, together with a prize draw, raised £132 for Mind.

After the event Harrison said:

“I don’t know what to say and this is totally unexpected.  I’m thrilled and almost speechless at the same time, but really loved it out there today”.

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The awards ceremony took place at the end of the day where the trophies were given out, including the coveted “Masters Jacket”, and were presented by Mr Neil Doble, of Leslies Motors, who said:

“What a fantastic day! The young people here today are so important to the future of the game, and we at Leslies Motors are thrilled to support and be part of a very special day in the golfing calendar.

“Can Harrison make it a hat-trick next year, or will one of the other young guns we’ve seen here today come through to wrestle his title away from him? Only time will tell!”

Mark Wright, proprietor at Westridge Golf Centre, said:

“What a terrific display of golf from these young people today, and what a fantastic winning score in those challenging conditions from our own Harrison Knights again!

“All in all it was another brilliant day and the feedback from competitors and spectators alike has been absolutely amazing once more.

“We’re really, very grateful for Neil & the team at Leslies Motors Honda for their continued support with the event, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back once again next year to this fantastic competition.”

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