Hampshire boys fail in glory hunt

Scott Gregory. Picture: Andrew Griffin

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Hampshire’s bid to win the English Boys Finals for the first time was dashed by an opening-day defeat at the hands of Yorkshire, at Cotswold Hills, last week.

Meon Valley’s Harry Ellis, who last month became the youngest-ever English Amateur Champion at just 16, was called up by Great Britain & Ireland to face Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy at Portmarnock.

And with Jordan Ainley also ruled out, the onus fell on Rowlands Castle’s Billy McKenzie and Hayling’s Jamie Mist for the under-18s.

Yorkshire claimed the morning foursomes 2-1 with Mist picking up his side’s sole point after lunch playing with North Hants’ Charlie Manning with a one-hole win over Nicholas Marsh and Jonathon Thompson.

Mist then grabbed their only win of the afternoon, beating Dean 4&3 to briefly level the match.

But Yorkshire crushed their rivals 7-2 as Corhampton’s Scott Gregory and McKenzie both lost on the last hole.

Hampshire needed a big win over Staffordshire 24 hours later but went down 5-4 as their hopes of glory were dashed at that point in the competition.

But they earned victory over Devon on the final day to avoid the wooden spoon.