1 Sam Johnson receives the trophy from the Vice Captain Berkeley Thirsk, 2 Sam with the Hunter Trophy, 3 The two Sams and the Vice Captain
The Scratch Match Play Knock out at Wilmslow Golf Club has been played for since 1934 and the trophy awarded to the winner is the Hunter Trophy.
For the first time in the long and distinguished history of the competition the final was played between two of the club’s top junior stars Sam Johnson and Sam Hall over 36 holes.
The club records show that very few juniors have been involved at this level before and never has the final been contested by two junior members who are both top team players for Cheshire Boys. Sam Johnson is also a member at Astbury Golf Club where he won the Scratch Championship this season as well as the Cheshire Boys Championships at Delamere Forest and has enjoyed competing in several other top competitions during the season with a good measure of success.
Along the way to the Hunter Trophy final he beat Lancashire cricket legend Paul Allott as well as Ian Menzies and Nigel Stewart to set up the final with Sam Hall, who is also a member of Styal.
In the final Sam Johnson stormed into a five-hole lead but Sam Hall showed great fighting spirit to reduce it to two up which was enough to win the title for Sam Johnson.
He was presented with the historic trophy by Wilmslow Vice Captain Berkeley Thirsk after both players had shown their skills and sporting attitude in an excellent final,
Sam Johnson has completed his A levels and is looking to enjoy a gap year to develop his golf before taking up a scholarship in the USA in 2022.
Photos & copy courtesy Geoff Garnett