Bolton wins Ogbourne Downs crown

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New Ogbourne Downs Club Champion Jake Bolton described winning the prestigious title as “something special”.

Sixteen-year-old Bolton lifted Ogbourne Downs’ Bowley Trophy after topping the leaderboard by a sensational 12 shots.

An opening round three-under par 68 on Saturday set Bolton up for victory as he took a seven shot lead into Sunday’s final day.

Wet and windy weather conditions made Sunday’s play difficult although the talented youngster still managed a two-over par 73, enough to be crowned champion.

Bolton’s one under par final score of 141 saw him become the first Ogbourne Downs player to win the championships under par since 1992.

“Obviously winning the men’s club champs is something special and means a lot to me,” Bolton told Your Sport Swindon. “To win in the fashion that I did was also something special because I won by 12 shots and the it’s the first time since 1992 that someone has won the club champs under par and I equalled the record at one under par.

“My two rounds were no where near the same. In the first round I wanted to go out in an aggressive way but not too aggressive because I wanted to settle down into the round fast.

“All in all I was pleased with my overall game because it all gelled together at the right time. It’s fair to say I was at Ogbourne all week before the championship preparing for it because I knew that I needed to get a good result and I did.”

Four birdies in the first five holes saw Bolton begin the championships on fire although the youngster admitted his fine start left him a little shellshocked.

“I started with four birdies in the first five holes and I was four under after five,” added Bolton. “I was mentally and physically shocked because I didn’t expect to start like that because I never have anyway.

“It was one of those things where I hit it fairly close and my putter warmed up nicely. In the second round I wasn’t so consistent but managed to grind out a two over 73 in windy and wet conditions.”

Despite holding a seven shot lead going into day two, Bolton said he never got complacent although he felt the fact he held such a healthy advantage was pivotal to his success.

“I think all my pivotal moments were in the first round in the first 5 holes,” Bolton told Your Sport Swindon. “I think this set the tone for the weekend and gave my a great deal of confidence for the two days.

“Also I think another pivotal moment was the fact I had a seven shot lead going into Sunday. Seven shots sounds like a healthy lead but it can soon dwindle away.

“But I think the two key shots were in the final round. One being on the par three eighth. It was playing straight into a strong breeze. The hole normally plays 206 but it was playing 230/240 yards. I hit a three wood to eight foot but unfortunately missed the putt.

“However the second key shot, or moment if you like, was on the 16th where I hit a pitching wedge from 110 for my second shot slightly into and off the left wind to 15ft and managed to hole the putt for birdie which was when I knew that I had won and couldn’t possibly lose.”

Bolton also added that walking down the 18th hole at Ogbourne Downs knowing he was about to be crowned club champion was a special moment.

“But the thought of being crowned club champion going down the 18th on Sunday was surreal,” said Bolton. “I also can’t thank all of the other members enough for their support throughout the weekend.”

Nearest challenger to Bolton was Max Cheesley, who finished 12 shots back on a total score of 153 with Dave Myler in third with 157.

Bolton also picked up the Ogbourne Cup for the best nett score, beating Dan Jones by just one shot with Bill Farrar in third.

Hazel Shewry was crowned new Ladies’ Club Champion, winning the Ladies’ Scratch Cup with an overall score of 169.

Mary Myler, who carded a superb nett 69 on Saturday, clinched the Ladies’ Hazell Trophy (nett competition) with her total score of 145.


Ogbourne Downs Club Championships Results

Bowley Trophy, Gross Competition: 1, Jake Bolton 141; 2, Max Cheesley 153; 3, Dave Myler 157.

Ogbourne Cup, Nett Competition: 1, Jake Bolton 139; 2, Dan Jones 140; 3, Bill Farrar 142.

Ladies’ Scratch Cup, Gross Competition: 1, Hazel Shewry 169.

Ladies’ Hazell Trophy, Nett Competition: 1, Mary Myler 145.