With a record entry of 61 players the Surrey U12 County Championship, the Paul Casey Trophy took place on a lovely May Sunday afternoon at Chobham Golf Club. With players as young as 7 years old taking part it showed the strength of Surrey junior golf at this present time and for the future.

The format for the Championship is 18 holes stroke play, in addition to this main competition, there were handicap prizes and a putting competition. Lucas English (Hindhead) won the putting with Hashim Banday (Royal Mid-Surrey) in second. The handicap prizes were 1st Monty Holcombe (Horton Park), 2nd Joe McSweeney (Hoebridge) and 3rd Cody Fernandes (Chobham).

Onto the main competition of the day, the scratch Championship, and what a competition it was!

After 18 holes, there was a tie with two players on +8, Aidan Millham the reigning Champion from 2016 and Albert Newman, a nine-year-old. It had nearly been a three-way playoff with Ugo Nguyen just missing out finishing with a score of +9.

As the spectators and other competitors gathered at the par four 1st hole for the playoffs to begin, the two boys stood on the tee with neither showing any nerves, which for players so young was impressive.

Aidan was first to tee off and both hit good drives straight up the fairway. Albert then hit a super shot onto the green that finished about 20 feet past the pin, which was positioned towards the front of the green. Aidan then hit his second shot long finishing in the rear greenside bunker but played a great bunker shot pin high seven feet to the left for his third. Albert had a real go at the hole but over-hit his putt by five feet or so. Aidan then sunk his putt for a fine sandy par, Albert, unfortunately, missed his putt for par by a whisker.

Aiden is only the second player in the history of the Championship to retain the trophy, a terrific feat and something I’m sure he will never forget.

Everyone then headed back to the clubhouse for the presentation of the prizes. Chobham Captain Roger Smith said a few words of welcome to all and presented the putting and handicapped prizes, Terry Casey then presented the Championship prizes.

Congratulations to Aidan Millham for winning and retaining the Surrey U12 Championship 2017, see below for the responses on social media.