Teignmouth reign supreme in Spain

Teignmouth youngsters are the Sunday Telegraph Junior Team Golf Home Nations Champions after playing sparkling golf at La Manga.

As England’s representatives, they trounced Irish champions The Island Club (4-2), Scotland’s Dunfermline (3.5-2.5) and hoped to make it a hat-trick on the final day against Welsh champs Carmarthen.
But the Welsh side held on for a 3-3 draw in the medal matchplay format.
It was still good enough for the Devon side to win by half a point: Teignmouth from the Island Club (2), Dunfermline (1) and Carmarthen (0.5).
Teignmouth juniors organiser Tony Hodgson was unable to praise his team more highly.
He said: “It was still an unforgettable achievement.We thought the Irish side would offer the biggest threat, but we produced our finest performance out of the three.
“It was more tense against Dunfermline but the second win made certain we would become champions.
“It wouldn’t have mattered if we had lost to Carmarthen and finished level on points with the Irish, as we would have won it on countback having beaten The Island Club.”
A heavy storm prevented trophy presentation being made until the gala dinner in the La Manga Club on the final night.
It was a fine end to a long trek for the Devon lads who were supported by 30 relatives, friends and club members, including club president Ian Bulpin and club captain Clive Dalton.
The road to success started when Teignmouth qualified as champions of the South Devon Junior League when they pipped defending champions Stover by a point.
This took them to the South West Region qualifier at Weston-super-Mare in September.
They finished 11 strokes ahead of Dorset champs Wareham.
Then they beat defending champions Shaw Hill, from Lancashire, by just one point in the English final at Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire, the following month.
After their success Teignmouth are looking forward to defending their title.
Hodgson, juniors organiser for five years, said: “I don’t think this is a flash in the pan either. I think they can do it again next year.”
He also thanked the club’s new young club pro Rob Selley for the work he has done with players.
The team was captained by Jason Gallagher (off 7), 14, of Bishopsteignton, who attends Teign School and included John Axford (7), 18, from Torquay, Chris Durham (5), 16, from Kingsteignton and Coombeshead School, Lloyd Gardener (5), 15, from Dawlish and Teignmouth Community College, Nick Osborne (7), 15, of Teignmouth, who is at St Cuthbert Mayne, and Luke Radford (10), 14, of Teignmouth, from Torquay Boys’ GS.
Wesley Hodgson (12), of Teignmouth Community College, was reserve.