Golf: Samson’s second county title is ‘best ever’

Reece Samson
Reece Samson

Reece Samson is in the form of his young life, and the evidence is sitting in the teenager’s trophy cabinet.

Creswell’s Samson, winner of the Lee Westwood Worksop Guardian Junior Championship scratch section in July, added the Notts County Boys Championship with a seven shot victory.

Reece Samson

Reece Samson

Not only did he play, in his words his ‘best ever golf’, his aggregate total of 138 was the best two round score shot in any of the Notts Championships – mens, boys or seniors – held on the ‘county course’ Stanton on the Wolds this season.

Samson showed a maturity beyond his years to win the County Boys title.

He started off quickly in the morning round by birdieing the par three second hole and reaching the turn in a two under total of 34.

His only bogey of the morning was on the par four 14th hole but three birdies on the back nine gave him a first round total of 69 and a one shot lead from nearest rival Carter Newton (Notts GC).

Samson carried his form into the afternoon round when the only blemish in an otherwise impeccable 18 holes came at the second hole.

A round that included five birdies meant an afternoon total of 69 and a superb aggregate score of 138.

During the day several of his fellow U18 County squad colleagues came within touching distance of him, but no one was able to sustain the challenge or match his consistency.

A delighted 17-year-old told the Guardian: “I’ve been playing better this last month.”

“I had a putting lesson with Steve Cooper and since then I’ve been holing more putts.”

Samson has lifted trophies at the Lee Westwood Junior Championship and Notts County Boys Championship before.

But he ranks this year’s county title as his best.

“This time felt a bit better, with the way I played,” he said.

“It’s the best I’ve ever played, and I was eight under after the two rounds.”

The sixth former is now targetting plus handicap figures, and longer term wants to carve out a career in the sport.

He added: “It’s something I want to do with my life.”

“There is a university course that brings 40 people on every year and they offer scholarships, so that would be my main aim.”