Qualifying took place back in April over 18 holes at Chevin Golf Club. On a tough scoring day Henry qualified in 5th position with a round of 74 to make it through to the matchplay competition whilst also being selected to represent Derbyshire in the national team competition. The top 16 nett scores made it through to the knock out match play event held at Matlock over the 22nd and 28th September. A great first day’s play saw 6 of the 12 matches go to the last hole. There were superb performances throughout with under par golf from Henry, who won a see-saw battle with Welsh Girls international Olivia Kelly in the morning’s top match, before overcoming Brookfield’s Louie Cole with another level par performance this afternoon.
Henry continued his fine form a week later winning 2&1 in the morning and setting up the final against fellow 4 handicapper, and county schools’ team mate Josh Ashton from Springwell Community College. In an up and down match which saw both players hold the lead at one point, it came down to a decisive 17th hole which saw Henry hold on to win 2&1 again and become the Derbyshire Schools’ Matchplay Golf Champion. Four rounds of level par or better for Friesland Schools’ Henry saw him beat off stiff competition from all around the county. Henry, who plays at Trent Lock Golf Club, and all the competitors were a real credit to their schools and golf clubs and deserve some real recognition for their exemplary conduct and performance levels. Well done to all and thanks to John Barker for another brilliantly organised competition. Henry and Friesland will be back next year to defend his title!