It was Henbury's Jonny Daniel who had the difficult task of sleeping on a one stroke lead after a very competitive Day 1 (click here to view the news report for Day 1). For Day 2 the conditions were not as friendly with heavy rain overnight and more forecast during the day but the golf course was still in perfect condition and good golf would be rewarded.
After the mornings play Nick Day fired a 69 to add to his Day 1 total leaving him on a three round total of 206 (-1). Nick would subsequently be the man to catch as Ed Butler managed a 73 which left him on a three round total of 210 and 4 behind Nick. The overnight leader Jonny Daniel added 76 to his total to leave him on 212. Mike Unwin, Louis Ross & Ash Millington were the chasing pack and hot on the heels of the leaders on 213. With spots of rain falling as the afternoon rounds began, everyone was hopeful that the weather would not play a significant factor in the proceedings.
Fortunately, the worst of the weather passed and a few showers rained down on Lilley Brook but it was not as bad as was feared. Nick produced another solid and steady round of 69 which gave him a 72 hole total of 275 (-1). This would see him crowned the 106th Gloucestershire Golf Union County Champion and a successful defence of the title he won at The Players Club in 2021. It is the sixth, yes sixth, time Nick has won the event in the past 8 years. Huge congratulations must go to Nick and we wish him the best of luck at the England Golf Champion of Champions event at Woodhall Spa later in the year.
In second place was Jake Phillips who notched up another best of the day 65, equalling his best of the day on Day 1 leaving him 5 behind Nick on 280. This was a truly excellent round of golf in tough conditions. In third and the highest place junior which also saw him take home the Peter Scott trophy was Louis Ross. Louis's 72 hole total was 281. In fourth, fifth and sixth respectively were Ed Butler, the home player Matt Bell and Nathan Moore (Long Ashton).
Having missed out on 6th place on countback but with rounds of 70 and 67 on Day 1, Ash Millington was crowned the 2022 Colts Champion. Well done Ash!
We are extremely grateful to everyone at Lilley Brook for allowing us the use of the immaculate golf course over the weekend and for their warm hospitality. We wish the club every success with the remainder of their Centenary year celebrations. We are also grateful to all of the volunteers who gave up their time to ensure that the event was a success. We never take this for granted.
Ash Millington, Mike Day, Calum Mortimore, Nick Day & Louis Ross