Sturt helps Hamnpshire to third in Boys Finals

Rowlands Castle's Joshua Sturt. Picture: Andrew Griffin
Rowlands Castle's Joshua Sturt. Picture: Andrew Griffin
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Joshua Sturt was unable to fire his Hampshire, Isle of Wight & Channel Islands team to glory in the England Golf Boys County Finals at Kings Lynn last week.

But the Rowlands Castle talent did help his county avoid the wooden spoon as they claimed third spot in the round-robin competition in Norfolk.

Wiltshire were crowned champions of the prestigious under-18s final, while Northamptonshire grabbed runners-up spot.

Hampshire’s battle for glory at Kings Lynn got off to the worst possible start when they were beaten 5-4 by Northamptonshire last Tuesday.

Sturt, who was making his debut for the county, teamed up with Jason Stokes to snatch a doubles win.

But he was unable to follow it up in the singles, where he went down 4&3 to Matthew Myers.

Already on the back foot after the defeat, Hampshire faced an uphill struggle in their remaining fixtures.

And their chances of 
lifting the trophy quickly disappeared when they lost 5.5-3.5 to eventual winners Wiltshire in round two on Wednesday.

Sturt once again lined up alongside Jersey’s Stokes in the doubles.

But they were unable to halt the Wiltshire charge and went down by one hole to opponents Dom Burgess and Tom Stagg.

Sturt did not feature in the singles this time around as Hampshire struggled against the favourites for the national crown.

With neither side having tasted victory in the final, Hampshire’s round-three clash with Durham was effectively a dead rubber.

But with pride still at stake, the Hampshire outfit snatched a 6-3 victory to ensure they did not finish bottom of the pile.

Sturt joined forces with Conor Richards in the doubles this time.

They were powerless to prevent Durham’s Jack Ainscough and Tom 
Skelton levelling the tie 
with a two-hole success, though.

Durham’s resistance did not last, though.

And while Sturt was not involved in the singles matches, he cheered his Hampshire team-mates on to a comfortable success.