Ju­nior joy for Mil­ton’s mar­vels

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By Bob French bob.french@jpress.co.uk

It’s been a won­der­ful week for Peter­bor­ough Mil­ton’s thriv­ing ju­nior sec­tion.

They won one county com­pe­ti­tion - the Cam­bridgeshire Friendly Cup - and are cer­tain to win an­other af­ter two of their teams won through to the fi­nal of the Northants Ju­nior Golf League play-off fi­nal.

The first of the Northants League play-off semi-fi­nals on Fri­day was a nall-Mil­ton af­fair with the B team tak­ing on the C team and that ended in a 2½1½ vic­tory for the for­mer.

Ry­lan Thomas recorded a 5&3 win over Ben MacKen­zie to give Mil­ton B the early ad­van­tage and Ja­cob Wil­liams dou­bled the lead by win­ning on the 18th against Char­lie Ar­mitage. William Smith then clinched a place in the fi­nal for the B team by halv­ing his match with Michael Wood.

The other semi-fi­nal be­tween Mil­ton A and hold­ers Collingtree Park was played at Welling­bor­ough on Sun­day and Mil­ton took the hon­ours 3-1 thanks to two great wins by 10 year-olds Kai Ray­mond (4&3) and Harry Smith (3&1).

The third win came from three- hand­i­cap­per San­jay Nithiyalingam, who beat Collingtree’s four-hand­i­cap­per Liam McNeela on the 18th.

The all-Mil­ton fi­nalis likely to be at Mil­ton on Sept 25.

And Sun­day turned out to be a day of dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion for the Cas­tor club as news fil­tered through of the Cambs Cup win against Nene Park at El­ton Furze. This was a tense, ex­cit­ing fi­nal and ul­ti­mately very close.

A 4&3 win for Sam Lud­low and Adam O’Brien plus a half from Char­lie Ar­mitage and Lisa John­ston meant a fi­nal score­line of 1½-1½ and an ex­tra hole play-off.

Out went Lud­low and O’Brien again and they were calm­ness per­son­i­fied. Lud­low hit a great drive, O’Brien a su­per ap­proach to the back of the green and two putts later the cup was Mil­ton’s.

THE PRO­FES­SION­ALS

Thorpe Wood pro­fes­sion­als Suzanne Dick­ens and Stu­art Brown both did well in the KJW Pro-Am at The Mill­brook.

Dick­ens fired a crack­ing three-un­der-par 71 to take sec­ond spot be­hind John O’Gaunt’s Phil Ab­bott, who blazed his way to a nine-un­der-par 65, while Brown was fifth with a round of 73.

Brown then fin­ished sec­ond in the Wanstead GC ProAm on Tues­day with a 67 - one shot off top spot.

Mil­ton’s Cambs Friendly Cup win­ning team were from the left, back, Sam Lud­low, Char­lie Ar­mitage, Adam OBrien, front, Mor­gan Cress­well, Lisa John­ston and Ja­cob Wil­liams.

The Mil­ton team that won the sec­ond Northants Ju­nior League semi-fi­nal by beat­ing hold­ers Collingtree Park 3-1. From the left are San­jay Nithiyalingam, Ben Baker, Kai Ray­mond and Harry Smith.

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