Ealing's rising star, Jack Neil, was crowned the 2019 Middlesex County Champion, capping an exceptional two weeks for the 17-year-old. The one handicapper beat in-form Muswell Hill member, Rhodri Harston, 1 up in one of the most exciting County Championship finals on record.
Jack begun his preparation for the Championship perfectly by winning the prestigious Worman Sword one week earlier at Wyke Green.
Qualifying in 2nd place, he came through the toughest of draws to reach the final. Defeating two fellow Ealing members, firstly, Tayan Wagiani, in the round of 16 and then 2016 County Champion, Tommy King, in the quarter final. In the semi-final he faced the five-time champion, Justin Phelps. The match ebbed and flowed early on, but Jack established a strong 3 up lead heading into the back 9 and held off a late rally from Phelps to win 1 up.
In the final, Jack flew off the blocks, taking a commanding 3 up lead early on. However, Rhodri came roaring back with some exceptional golf through the middle part of round and had turned the match on its head having won 7 holes without answer to take a 4 up lead with just 6 to play. Many would have folded given the nature of the turnaround, but not Jack, he dug in and when he holed a good putt on the 13th he sensed a fightback was on. He pulled another hole back on the 14th to pile the pressure on Rhodri, and although a half on the 15th halted the comeback, it was only momentarily as Jack sensationally won the last three holes to win 1 up and lift his first ever County Championship title.