Friday, 19 April 2019

Sam sets his sights on a top 20 billing

A YOUNG tennis player from Goring has ranked 26th best in his age group in the country.

A YOUNG tennis player from Goring has ranked 26th best in his age group in the country.

Sam Christie, of Reading Road, claimed the U12 boys’ singles title in a week-long LTA regional tournament at Chesham Bois tennis club.

Prior to his victory on June 1, the Oratory Prep School pupil was ranked 144th.

As well as winning the Chesham Bois event * a grade 3 regional level tournament * Sam also reached two other regional finals in London and Hertfordshire over Easter.

Thanks to his recent success he has set his sights on reaching the top 20 by September.

Sam said: “I realised at 3-4 down and one set down that I didn’t have a lot of time left to turn the match around.

“I really didn’t want to lose so I really hyped up my game. I won the next eight points in a row and took the second set which knocked my opponent a bit, I think.

“The tie-break was pretty close but I kept up the pressure and finally won. It was a great feeling.” Sam, now 12, has been coached by Gary Drake at Caversham Tennis Club for the past four years.

He trains as part of the club’s elite Junior Performance Academy scheme. He first picked up a racket when he was four years old and has been playing in tournaments since he was eight.

Sam’s mother Annabel said: “It is a very time-consuming sport that requires a lot of commitment but he absolutely loves it.

“He has worked really hard at it and is starting to get successful results, which is fantastic.”

THE annual running of the Lovell Bowl took place at Henley Golf club last Saturday, a 36-hole competition equivalent to the club championship but with handicaps taken into consideration.

After the morning round Adrian Rayner was leading with a score of net 67 which was a shot better than Alistair Goulden with Marcel Petrie in third place with net 69.

However in the afternoon round Marcel kept his form going and returned with an even better score of net 67 to take the competition and the trophy from Adrian Rayner by 5 shots with an aggregate score of net 136.

Alan Wilson finished third with a score of 143 (3 over par) on countback from Graham Horner whilst Phil Amy had the best afternoon score of net 67 to finish in 5th place with a score of 144. Mick Hilditch recorded a hole in one on the tough 16th par 3.

The ladies’ monthly medal also took place recently and coming out on top in Division 1 was county player Sarah Arnold with a score of 77-7 = net 70.

Jocelyn Brown was runner- up with a net 73 which was three shots better than third placed Helga Keay.

Christine Valentine took Division 2 with a net 69 which was three shots better than runner up Suzy Smith.

Gail Henderson was third with a net 74. Division 3 was claimed by Josie Heayns with a net 69.

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