Young Burghley Park star Jake impresses at European Open

Jake Brown (right), who came 8th in the Andalucia European Junior Open recently, with Burghley Park Captain Richard Cook. EMN-141229-100048001
Jake Brown (right), who came 8th in the Andalucia European Junior Open recently, with Burghley Park Captain Richard Cook. EMN-141229-100048001
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Burghley Park Junior Jake Brown played out of his skin in the final round of the Andalucia European Junior Open in Spain, shooting one of only two sub-par rounds on one of the toughest tracks in Europe, to finish the three round event in eighth place, on 9 over par.

Four handicapper Jake, who made the European Final by taking 2nd place in the East Region qualifier, shot a 1 under par 71 at Finca Cortesin, home of the Volvo World Matchplay for 5 years, including a purple patch of 3 birdies in 4 holes in the middle of the round.

The finals were contested by 54 players, with the best 30 scores after four rounds making it into the last round. Each player played 2 rounds at both Alcaidesa Links and Alcaidesa Heathland, with the best score from each course counting. Jake played each course in 5 over, in breezy conditions which made scoring difficult, and qualified for the last round in 20th place. The size and quality of the field makes this one of the toughest tests in Junior golf, and Jake’s great round at Finca Cortesin shot him up the rankings to end in 8th place. The only better score on the day was recorded by the winner.

“Most of the other players were either scratch or very low handicap players” said Jake, “and many have secured golf scholarships at American universities, so I was delighted to have done so well. I was really pleased to have played so steadily over the final round, and I’ve learned a lot from the whole experience.”

lThe course was full for the Men’s Christmas Stableford, with 106 competitors chasing the traditionally big prizes on offer in this event. The early starters had to compete with hard surfaces until the temperature picked up, but the cold wind made scoring challenging throughout the day. However, the lure of the special prizes was enough to ensure that the contenders were still able to put together impressive scores, with glory going to Peter Barnes with an excellent 41 points. Bob Moss took 2nd with 39 points, shading out Charles Cade on countback. Five players came in with 37 points, Mark Webb, Jim Scutt, Richard Gilbert, Neil Harris and Paul Ramm.

l Mark Jackson and his team in the Pro Shop ran their now traditional Pro Shop Christmas Cracker competitions on Saturday and Sunday last week, accompanied by seasonal refreshments. “It was great to see so many members turn out in difficult windy conditions” said Mark Jackson, “and all of us in the Pro Shop were delighted to have been able to thank everyone for their support throughout the year.”

lIn the Saturday event, which drew 39 competitors, Alex Cole claimed top spot with 35 points, his better back nine edging out 2nd placed Peter Graham and 3rd placed Maurice Egglestone on the same score. Nicky Plumtree took the Ladies prize with 33 points. The big field of 79 on Sunday saw some high scoring, with Adi Ward taking the win with 39 points, ahead of Anthony Barnes and Javan Argent on 38. Sheila Mayman won the Ladies prize with 28 points, and grandson Jordan Mayman claimed the Junior prize on 33 points.

lBurghley members are now looking forward to a busy year in 2015, when they will be celebrating their 125th anniversary. A series of special events are being organised to mark this milestone, cementing Burghley Park’s position as the oldest golf club in Lincolnshire.