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Published by stevejackson, 2017-03-01 11:01:47

England Junior Golf (March 2017)

England Junior Golf (March 2017)

Keywords: england junior golf,junior golf,British Junior,Golf Tour,Steve Jackson,The Sports Journalist

Course Reviews - Nailcote Hall & Bourn

MARCH 2017

Junior Golf Magazine

A free monthly email newsletter by England Junior Golf

Helping to develop junior golf

Three Ace juniors FIXTURES

Q&A with England When and
Golf Young People where to play
Manager, Lee Dolby
Putters & Posers
Rock ’n’ Roll Golf
Flying the ßag for
Britain

… and much more

www.englandjuniorgolf.co.uk

info@englandjuniorgolf.co.uk

FULL SET WITH Sam Uwnwdwe.erngwlaondojud1ni,orEgollfl.cios.uKk err & Sam 1

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Welcome to Junior Golf Magazine

FROM time to time, everyone needs inspiring to do something special - in golf,
sport and life in general.
It can initially come through a negative or positive
experience but, once started, the key is to then find
inspiration to ensure it is a long-term success.
We are no different at England Junior Golf.
We know that by providing an outlet, using the internet
and social media, for all young golfers to find junior
competitions, features, news and photos, we can make
it fun to be involved in golf.
By doing this, we can hopefully inspire more people like young Addie Francis,
who is making a name for herself on the golf courses in Wales (see page nine).
I had the fortune to chat to her mum, Tracey, on the phone, by email and in
person. The fact that the family don’t play golf made me wonder how and why
their daughter got inspired into the sport, and also what drives them on.
After all, golf can be time-consuming and an expensive sport, particularly if you
are playing all over the country, and in Addie’s case, all around the world.
But if you met the 12-year-old, you’d know why - she just loves hitting a golf ball.
I’m still not exactly sure what inspires Addie, but I can assure you of one thing,
although our name is England Junior Golf, we are delighted to take inspiration
from a girl living in Gwent.
Enjoy the March Magazine - perhaps it can be an inspiration to you too.
Steve Jackson - Editor
info@englandjuniorgolf.co.uk

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Contents:

4 - www.englandjuniorgolf.co.uk
5 - Fixtures... When & where to play
7 - Tour Guide... British Junior Golf
Tour, Super Six Series

8-9 - Tour Guide... Flying the flag for
Britain in IMG World Championships

10 - Tour Guide... European Junior
Golf Tour

11 - Course Review... Nailcote Hall
12-13 - Q&A With... England Golf
Young People Manager, Lee Dolby

14 - Tour Guide... Rock ‘n’ Roll golf
15 - Full Set With… Ellis Kerr
16 - News... Two more Ace juniors
18-19 - Putters & Posers... Action
photos

20 - Course Review - Bourn
21 - Full Set With… Sam Haynes-
Coote (pictured)

22 - Find The Fairways In… Norfolk
23 - News... Designer Golf
24 - News... Leighton Buzzard comp
25 - Full Set With… Sam Underwood
26 - Tour Guide... Lee Westwood
Golf Tour

27 - Tap-Ins... Latest news

Facebook Twitter Instagram Email

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How to use englandjuniorgolf.co.uk

USING the internet, social media and a free monthly
email magazine, England Junior Golf provide details
of all the junior golf fixtures in the area, including
club opens, regional tours and county tournaments.

We preview some of the golf courses and venues
that will be hosting the events.

Over the season, we keep you up-to-date with all the
latest results, news and quality action photographs
from these competitions.

In addition to this, we have a selection of features
on some of the important people and companies
involved with junior golf.

And if that’s not enough, we also have a collection of
unique special offers for anyone who joins us.

With up-to-date information about all the junior
golf events in your area in one place, this is
the best and easiest way to ensure your child
can do what they have always wanted to do…
play fun and competitive golf.

If you want England Junior Golf to promote Please note, England
your Junior Open, please get in touch with us: Junior Golf are not
directly associated with
info@englandjuniorgolf.co.uk the national amateur
golf governing body,
Co-founders: England Golf.

Neil Randall We share the same
07817 238849 aspirations of helping
Steve Jackson promote the sport to the
07775 791986 next generation of golfers
and we will include some

national competitions in
the fixtures and
news pages.

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When and where to play golf this year

THE US Masters in early April is traditionally the start of the golf season and it’s
no different with junior competitions in this country as the next generation of club
members have an opportunity to compete in several events over the Easter break.

There are a small handful of
tournaments before then, but
unsurprisingly spots in those
March events have filled up
very quickly.

This is especially the case on
British Junior Golf Tour, who
have five sold out competitions
over early spring, including the
2017 IMG World Championships
Qualifier at Park Hill GC in
Leicestershire.

More events on this popular tour are available, with more set to be announced this
season, so keep an eye out for those, otherwise you might miss out on the fun.

In the meantime, boys and girls can take part in a collection of Junior Opens
across the counties in April at wonderful venues like Stoke by Nayland GC, Links
Newmarket GC, Northampton GC and Coventry GC (pictured below).

The brilliant par three course at Nailcote Hall GC, which is reviewed on page 11,
is another good option, while the prestigious McEvoy Trophy takes place over two
days, also in Warwickshire at Copt Heath GC.

And if that’s not enough,
European Tour professionals
Graeme Storm and Robert
Rock are hosting events
at Hartlepool GC (pictured
above) and Sutton Coldfield
GC respectively.

For more details of all these
junior tournaments and much
more, visit the events page on
www.englandjuniorgolf.co.uk.

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Ace start for British Junior Golf Tour

THE Leicestershire GC’s Finn Dobson made history on British Junior Golf Tour
as the youngster (pictured below) bagged a hole-in-one in the first ever Super Six
competition at The Bedford GC at the end of February.

In tricky windy conditions, the 10-year-old used a five iron to find the bottom of the
cup with his tee shot on the fourth as he finished runner-up in the 9-10 Age Group.

Dobson’s special reward for his moment of perfection was a signed photo from top
European professional Charley Hull, with the wording ‘Welcome to the Ace Club’.

In a full field of 78 players, he carded the joint-best score of 43 over nine holes
as he missed out on countback to Aaron Mohun (Wrexham). Worawat Sirivisal
(Bedford School) and Jayden Phipps (Three Hammers) had the same mark.

Woburn’s Jacob Fawcett won the Elite Division by one from Hendon’s Zak
Rzymkowski, who claimed the net prize from Leighton Buzzard’s Andres Vallentine.

Fellow Hendon member Haruhi Nakatani clinched the Challenge Division gross
prize as she finished one ahead of Reuben Tennant over 18 holes. The net plaudits
went to Jake Plumb from Bourn, Cambridgeshire.

Overstone’s Amy Nunn was successful in the 11-12 Age Group over nine holes,
Luca Randall (Cambridge Meridian/Bourn) enjoyed a convincing victory in the 7-8
Age Group, while Ali-Asgher Haji (Thorpe Hall) clinched the 6 & Under prize.

Round Two of British Junior Golf Tour’s Super Six Series takes place at Cambridge
Meridian GC on Sunday, March 12th.

For more details of British Junior Golf Tour, visit www.juniorgolftour.co.uk.

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Moore chances to join Bobby & Co

A LARGE field of almost 120 young golfers will be looking to find
their very best form as they compete in British Junior Golf Tour’s
IMG Academy Junior World Championships qualifier at Park
Hill GC on Sunday, March 26th.
With the tournament taking place in San Diego, California from
July 10th-14th, places are up for grabs at the Leicestershire
venue in the following six age categories for boys and girls:
6 & Under, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14 and 15-18.
The winner of each Division in the competition, which also
doubles up as the third event in the British Junior Golf Tour
Super Six Series, will go on to join around 1200 young golfers
from 56 different countries.
Cambridgeshire’s Bobby Moore (pictured right), who will turn
six years old this month, is one of those fortunate enough to
already be through after booking his place with victory in the
first British Junior Golf Tour qualifier at Redbourn GC last October.
Previous winners of the prestigious junior event include Tiger
Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Lorena Ochoa.

British Junior
Golf Tour

Super Six Series

Prize Sponsor

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Welsh girl proud to fly the British flag

REPRESENTING your country at sport is something few people can achieve, so
when that opportunity arises it should be treated as an honour and a privilege,
but also a great chance to have some fun.

That’s what South Wales golfer Addie
Francis is looking forward to this summer
after the 12-year-old qualified to play for
Britian in the IMG Academy Junior World
Championship in California.

Although the Newport youngster has played
in the prestigious Torrey Pines event before,
winning the World Putting Championships in
2015, Addie’s mum says her daughter
just loves playing golf, wherever it is.

Tracey Francis said: “Addie is a
fantastic ambassador for girls golf
because, as far as she is concerned,
the most important thing is to have fun.

“For example, her favourite playing
partner is not a pro, but Irene Dodd,
who is an 88-year-old member at
Monmouthshire Golf Club. She has
taken Addie out come rain or shine
over the past four or five years.

“But Irene and Monmouthshire are
not alone in helping, as Newport Golf Club have also been brilliant with Addie and
welcomed her with open arms, especially the ladies captains over the last two years.

“Perhaps her most charming feature is she never assumes anything and realises
that with golf you can be good one day and average the next.”

Whilst that is definitely true, for young Addie the good days have far outweighed
the average ones as she has claimed a collection of prizes over the last four years.

She won her age group on British Junior Golf Tour each time and reached the
National Finals of the Lee Westwood Golf Academy, and was also named 2015
Monmouthshire’s Sports Woman of the Year.

Not bad, considering she won’t even become a teenager until December.

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European Junior Golf Tour Goodwood

A GREAT start to the year was made by many junior golfers who competed in the
two-day junior golf event organised by European Junior Golf Tour on February
14th and 15th on the Downs Course at Goodwood GC.
With around 40 players (ranging between five and 17 years old) playing each day,
this is a popular annual event, at a fabulous and friendly venue.
The very fast greens, deep bunkers and undulating fairways meant the beautiful
Downs layout proved to be a great challenge.
Nevertheless, a few really good scores were carded, including a hole-in-one on
the opening day (read about it on page 16)!
Although the second round turned out to be a very wet day, with most players
and caddies having to dress in full waterproofs, almost all categories saw lower
scores than on the first day.
There was even a six-under-par score from Worawat Sirivisal (Bedford School) in
the age nine category. Well done to everyone.

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Course review - Nailcote Hall

THE Cromwell Course at Nailcote
Hall just outside Coventry in
Warwickshire is no ordinary track.

With the holes ranging from just 87
yards up to 150 yards, you might
think it’s just a pitch ‘n’ putt, but you
would be wrong… very wrong.

With the fast greens, sometimes like
upturned saucers, this is a superb
test of a golfer’s short game.

There are some holes that could, and should, be birdie opportunities for the better
players. But equally so, there are some seriously difficult holes, particularly five,
seven and nine.
This is the perfect venue for youngsters to improve their short game - something
they are well aware of as they continue to promote golf to the next generation.

Nailcote Hall are hosting two ChinnyDipper events on April 10th-11th, while British
Junior Golf Tour are organising a competition in late June, when the top prize will
be a chance to play alongside some of the world’s best professionals in the Pro-
Am at the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship this summer.

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Inspire a love of golf to last a lifetime

In the third of a series of Q&A features with people that are shaping the

way junior golf is run, Junior Golf Magazine chatted with the man given the

responsibility of coordinating young golf at national level. s

This is England Golf Young People Manager, Lee Dolby…

What is your role?

My role is to work with partners to coordinate and encourage
more young people into golf. For example, I work with the Golf
Foundation and PGA pros to support schools, community
groups, golf clubs and academies to provide an environment
which is engaging and exciting for young people - not just
to play, but to learn and volunteer in golf as well.

Junior participation has dropped, so how big a job is this?

I think you have seen with a lot of sports that numbers change when you go through
a recession. But young people are also changing and the way they want to consume
news and information and use technology is affecting how they engage with sport.
Golf has to keep up with that. We have seen a small increase in participation in the
last 12 months, and we strongly believe we are moving in a positive direction in
terms of junior golf, but there is a lot of work to do.

What are the key messages? And is there a time scale to get those across?

We want to inspire a love of golf that lasts a lifetime, and there’s no set time scale
for this. We want to continue to have a strong foundation to build from - that is key.
Understanding all the different organisations that are providing high quality activities
for young people and seeing how we can work more effectively together to make
sure it is a less confusing market place. At the end of the day, we need to provide
what young people want, which might mean adapting what we have always done.

What does a young person want?

There is no ‘one size fits all’ policy. Young people have different motivations, just
like adults. Some are more competitive and want the junior tours and competitions
which are out there, while there are others who like the recreational side of golf.
You can go to any seaside resort and see that the crazy golf is full of people, but
they may not transition into club members because they want to experience the
game in a different way. So we need to have a more flexible and varied offer for
young people to engage in our sport throughout the different age groups.

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You are using big names like
Justin Rose and Charley Hull.
How will they help?

Our England Golf ambassadors,
Justin and Charley, are great for
raising the profile of the game
and inspiring people. In addition
to that, we are recruiting
young ambassadors from the
community, for example those
who have lost weight through
golf or those who have gained
confidence through golf. They
may not be the best golfers in the world, but their stories are compelling. They show
that golf is open to everybody - it’s not an elitist sport and it’s not all about whether
you can score low, it’s just about whether you enjoy the game. That’s how we are
really looking to raise the profile of young people, by telling their story in their way.

What is your advice to a parent?

If a child is interested in golf then support them to give it a try, it is a fantastic
opportunity for young people to make new friends and spend time in the fresh air. It
teaches them to keep fit - a player can take up to 10,000 steps in one round of golf.
You can vary the number of holes you play - it can be six, nine or whatever suits -
you don’t have to spend four hours playing 18 holes. You can access it your way.
It certainly builds the individual because it teaches respect, honesty and etiquette.
It is a social sport and a great family sport because children can play with their

parents or grandparents. So get involved!

So how do they get in contact with England Golf?

For a start, they can go on to the England Golf website

www.englandgolf.org for more information, or they

could could try the www.getintogolf.org website where they

will will find opportunities to experience the game as a

beginner. Just put their postcode in to see if

if if if there is activity in their area. It will highlight

anything that they can get involved in at a

local local level. Alternatively they can easily

contact one of their local golf clubs or driving ranges and ask

what they provide for young people. Many have sessions for beginners,

and equipment is often provided. So there are lots of ways to get involved.

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It’s time to play some Rock ‘n’ Roll golf

TOP Englishman Robert Rock (pictured) is
the latest European Tour professional to
set up a series of competitions for the next
generation of golfers.

Following in the recent footsteps of Graeme
Storm and Stephen Gallacher, and before
them Ryder Cup heroes Sir Nick Faldo,
Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke, Rock is
organising three events this year.

Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands is the
opening competition on Sunday, April 30th,
while the Nottingham venues of Ruddington
Grange and Beeston Fields host tournaments
on Monday, July 31st and Monday, October
23rd respectively.

The youngest players, who may not be ready
to play 18 holes, will play nine holes, or 10 if the
course shape dictates this. There will be gross
and net prizes available for boys and girls.

Rock, who was 11 years old when he started
playing golf, is delighted to add more dates to
the 2017 diary after joining forces with fellow
professional golfer Natalie Clarke to set up the
schedule last year.

He said: “We planned to hold just one event last year, but it proved very successful,
so the kids and parents asked if we would hold another event, so we did.

“We gave away balls and hats, while Titleist and Taylormade supported the event
with some top prizes like M1 drivers and putters. I also got a few additional prizes.

“This year we are going to do three competitions. If they prove successful and
there is an interest for us to do more, we might set up a bigger series - it’s all about
looking after the little ones.

“I will be there to meet all the players, when they sign in, before they tee off, and
then afterwards - it’s great to meet them all.”

For more details, visit www.natalieclarkegolf.co.uk

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Full Set with... Ellis Kerr

Where was your first round?
Haverhill Golf Club, Suffolk.

Best round?
Playing in the Junior Masters at Gog Magog - the
course was 5,700 yards off the ladies tees.

Who would be in your perfect fourball?
Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, my friend Jack Meakin
(pictured below) and myself (right).

During a round of golf, do you always
know your exact score?
I try to but forget and think of other things!

What is the funniest thing you have seen in golf?

It’s a bit rude, but on the Trilby Tour we Age: Seven.
watched a golfer hit his caddie in the goolies! Golf Club: Gog Magog,
Cambs & Haverhill,
Who will win the 2017 US Masters? Suffolk.
Rickie Fowler.

Best golf course played? Handicap: 42.

St. Andrews, Scotland. Achievements: 2016 Wee

Favourite club in the bag? Wonders finalist Under-6’s

Driver. (finished 11th). Youngest
winner of a SJGT event at
Best shot ever played? Kettering GC and became
A drive of 150 yards. SJGT ambassador.
Qualified for US Kids
Best golfer you have seen play?

Luke Donald. European Championship.

Have you ever had a hole-in-one?
No, but got to 12 inches away on the second hole at Haverhill.

If you had a golfing nickname, what would it be?
I don’t know really but ‘The Hole in One Master’ sounds good!

Best golf coaching tip you have received?
From Paul Wilby... Keep your head down and look at the ball and then
hold the pose after the shot.

Why do you enjoy playing golf?
It’s fun and good when you do very good shots. I have made lots of
new friends.

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‘1’ for the camera I Saw my ball drop

WHEN we asked you to send in your EIGHT-year-old Jasmine Lee had

hole-in-one stories last month we didn’t plenty to smile about going into 2017

expect that we would actually be there to after she carded a hole-in-one at

take the photo of your achievement! Rudding Park GC on New Year’s Eve.

Well, that’s exactly what happened in The ace had something extra special
the European Junior Golf Tour event at about it too, as it came on the Yorkshire
Goodwood GC as England Junior Golf course’s sixth hole, which is a replica
Tour co-founder Neil Randall was on of the famous 17th island green hole at
hand to get a snap of Shreyas (Ray) TPC Sawgrass in Florida.
Sanmathy after he aced the sixth hole. The Knaresborough member (pictured
The perfect shot from the Bassingstoke below) was ‘chuffed’ with her first

nine-year-old (pictured below) was all ace, even though she missed out a
the more remarkable since it was for hefty cash bonus because the shot
an albatross as it came on a par wasn’t struck from the medal tee.
four measuring 176 yards. Perhaps next time, Jasmine!

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Putters
& Posers

Action
Photos

copyright
Steve Jackson (c)

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All photos can be downloaded free
www.thesportsjournalist.com

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Course Review - Bourn

BOURN GC Junior Vice Captain Tom Milton (pictured
right, on left), who is 12 years old, says: “My home
course in Cambridgeshire is a real challenge - tough
but fair.

“You need to stay on the fairways and out of the
hazards, especially the water, which is found on at
least nine holes, starting on the par three opening
hole and finishing on the long par four 18th, where a
pond waits for any stray approach.

“To score well here you need to plan your way around, as the greens are very small
and have double-break putts. Although challenging, Bourn is certainly one you will
want to play again! Enjoy!”

Eight-year-old Luca Randall (pictured above, on right), who is also a member at
Bourn, added: “I love the pressure of the first tee shot, with a stream running across
the front of the green, and back down the right-hand side. You must get your first
shot of the day just right.

“On the front nine, there are a few really good challenges. For me, the fifth hole is
tough, a long carry over water, then a second shot over a stream, third up a hill and
over rough, then onto an upside-down saucer green.

“The ninth hole approach shot is also one to watch out for, as this is down a small
bank, with another upside-down saucer green. You need to land your ball before
the middle of the green to have a chance to stop the ball.

“The holes on the back
nine are my favourites,
although my legs are
generally a little tired
half way round. Watch
out for the big tree on
the 11th hole; if not,
a tough chip shot will
follow on this par three!

“A good carry is
needed for the last two
holes, as streams run
through the fairways.”

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Full Set with... Sam Haynes-Coote

Where was your first round?
Kilworth Springs Golf Club, Leicestershire.

Best shot ever played?
My 279 yard drive - downhill, wind with!

Favourite club in the bag?
No particular favourite, I love them all.

Best golf course played?
Stanton-on-the-Wolds, Nottinghamshire.

What is the funniest thing you have seen in golf?
The Dude Perfect Golf Simulator Battle.

Have you ever had a hole-in-one?
No, but I have hit the pin and ended up next to it.

If you had a golfing nickname, what would it be?

My uncle calls me Rod - as I used to Age: 13.
carry four alignment sticks in my bag. Golf Club: Kibworth, Leics.
Handicap: Nine.
Who would be in your perfect fourball? Achievements: Played for
Seve Ballesteros, Ian Poulter, Rickie Leics & Rutland Boys Under-
Fowler and myself.

Best round? 14s from age 11. Finished

Five-over-par gross at Broughton Heath, seventh at 2016 MGU Under-

Derbyshire. 14s County Championship.

During a round of golf, do you always 2017 Leicestershire &
know your exact score? Rutland Under-14s Captain.
Yes, in terms of how many over par I am. Won several Kibworth junior
comps, including the Fawcett
Best golfer you have seen play? Junior Matchplay over 36
Rory McIlroy. holes by the scoreline 11&10!

Who will win the 2017 US Masters?

I guess Jordan Speith is odds on, but I’d like to see Justin Rose take it.

Best golf coaching tip you have received?
Always set up square to the target, apart from bunker shots.

Why do you enjoy playing golf?
It gives a chance to do something I love and meet new people who
share my interest.

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Find the fairways in... Norfolk

Golf Clubs affiliated to Norfolk Golf Union

Barnham Broom

Bawburgh

Caldecott Hall

Costessey Park

Denver

Dereham

Dunston Hall

Eagles

Eaton

Fakenham Royal West Norfolk Golf Club
Feltwell

Great Yarmouth & Caister

Heacham Manor

Hunstanton

Kings Lynn

Links Country Park

Marham

Mattishall

Middleton Hall

Mundesley

Richmond Park

Royal Cromer

Royal Norwich

Royal West Norfolk

Ryston Park

Searles

Sheringham

Sprowston Manor

Swaffham

Thetford For more details about county golf in Norfolk, visit
Wensum Valley the Norfolk Golf Union website.
Weston Park

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Mason plays a lead role in club fitting

TEENAGER Mason Geddes (pictured) could become
one of the most important golfers in UK history this
year as the Northamptonshire player tests out a
revolutionary club fitting process called BioMatch.

The 15-year-old, whose handicap is just under 10,
is one of the first juniors in the country to use a
system that matches a player’s physical attributes
with their swing to find the ideal set of clubs.

Steve Low, from Designer Golf, who
are the European distributor of the
new swing weighting system, says the
Collingtree Park member could be in for
a special future, if results elsewhere are
anything to go by.

He explained: “BioMatch is the first system that uses a
golfer’s biomechanical data, for example their height,
weight and also their body mass.

“We also take the length, loft and lie, plus the weight, of
each club. This info is put into an algorithm, and the result
is a unique set of weights that go into the grip of each club.

“It has been tested out on the full range of players from pros
through to 85 year olds, with stunning results.

“With juniors we will extend the clubs, free of charge, as they
grow, and the weighting will change as well. Mason Geddes is
the first junior to try this. In some respects, he is a test case.”

Designer Golf Founder Andrew Ash, who custom-fitted top

European pro Charley Hull’s clubs when Designer Golf
she was a junior, believes this new
system is the best thing he has seen in Unit 12, Alvis Way,
more than 20 years of club fitting. Royal Oak Industrial Estate,
Daventry, NN11 8PG.
He said: “I have never seen anything 01327 877922 (07811 065072).
come close to this in all the years I have clubmaker@designergolf.co.uk
been building clubs. It’s phenomenal.” www.designergolf.co.uk

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Juniors swoop down for Buzzard comp

JUNIOR golfers across the regions made
the most of the slightly milder weather
over February half-term to take part in
competitions at their local clubs.
The younger members at Leighton Buzzard
Golf Club in Bedfordshire enjoyed a nine-
hole event as Olivia Campbell (pictured
left) carded the leading score of 22 points.
Emily Blair, who was competing for the first
time after recovering from a broken arm,
was also in good form on the picturesque
woodland course.
Amongst those that also took part were
(pictured below, left-to-right): Ollie Banwell,
George Stephenson, Ed Stephenson, Shin
Bateman, Ellie Spence, Brandon Waddington
and five-handicapper Freya Daniels.
We, at England Junior Golf, love to see
young golfers hitting the golf ball.
Please email your action photos to info@
englandjuniorgolf.co.uk.

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Full Set with... Sam Underwood

Where was your first round?
Al Ain Golf Club, United Arab Emirates (where I was born and lived
until I was eight years old) on the par three academy course aged six.

Have you ever played a golf shot left-handed, if so how far did it go?
No.

Most memorable moment on a golf course?
I eagled Kettering’s 11th hole from 180 yards.

Golf course you want to play?
St Andrews, Scotland.

Best golf coaching tip you have received?
Shortening my backswing.

What is the best part of your game?
On a good day, the driver.

Who will win the 2017 US Masters?
Jordan Spieth.

Best golfer you have seen play?
Rory McIlroy at Race to Dubai.

Have you ever played golf at night or Age: 13.
in the snow? If so, when?
Golf Club: Kettering, Northants.
Yes, at night in Al Ain where the
Handicap: 20.
course was floodlit.
Achievements: Lowering

Favourite golf hole played? handicap from 30 to 20 in 2016.

A club in St. Ives, Cornwall, where a

par three hole was downhill towards a stunning sea view.

Who would be in your perfect fourball?
Jordan Spieth, Martin Kaymer, Rickie Fowler and myself.

What is the strangest golf clothing you have seen someone wear?
When watching the Race to Dubai live, Ian Poulter’s trousers.

Which professional golfer do you most resemble?
I tend to try and play flop shots like Phil Mickleson (they usually don’t
work!).

Why do you enjoy playing golf?
I really enjoy playing at different golf courses.

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Westwood Golf Tour diary is confirmed

THE Lee Westwood Golf Tour have Registration can be completed online at
announced their schedule for 2017. www.leewestwoodgolftour.com.

Open to boys and girls under the age of Confirmed events:

21 (as at January 1st, 2017), up to six May 31st: Oxford GC.

players from each event will qualify for May 31st: Kings Norton GC.

the Grand Final. June 1st: Stoke by Nayland GC

With gross and net comps in the (Gainsborough).
Under-21, Under-17 and girl’s June 1st: High Legh Park GC.
categories, the 2016 Grand Final saw July 25th: Stoke by Nayland GC
around 70 youngsters compete over 36 (Constable).
holes to decide the national champions. July 26th: Ufford Park GC.
July 27th: Lancaster GC.
The overall gross winner in the two day August 3rd: Dunston Hall GC.
event with an even par score was James August 3rd: Pannal GC.
Zytynski (71, 69), followed by former August 9th: Bedford GC.
Lee Westwood Golf School student August 9th: Carden Park GC.
Andrew Ni who returned a score of 143. August 14th: Stanton on the Wolds GC.

It was a tight race in the net competition August 14th: Goring & Streatley GC.

as Charlie Stammers clinched the crown August 17th: Close House GC.

with a four-under-par total of 136 by one August 22nd: Luton Hoo GC.

from runner-up Sam Kinnane. August 23rd: Worksop GC.

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Tap-In’s CAMBRIDGE Meridian GC have
offered anyone playing in the British

SKY Sports’ Saturday morning TV show Junior Golf Tour event this month a
Game Changers will be sending their practice round for as little as £8.

crew to cover the British Junior Golf Tour SONNY Lennon, Finn Smith, Joe Hyde

event at Park Hill GC in Leicestershire and Luca Brown were the winning side

on Sunday, March 26th. in the Juniors Winter Texas Scramble at

ONLY golfers with a plus-handicap Kettering. The Cannon Ball Core quartet
can apply to play in the 2017 McEvoy finish one shot ahead of a team called
Trophy at Copt Heath GC in Solihull I’m a Carrot Do Do Do!

from April 12th. Mark Power hopes to ANYONE playing in the British Junior

retain his boys under-18 crown. Golf Tour event at Bourn can have a

ED Stephenson won the February practice round for just £5.

Junior Stableford at Leighton Buzzard TO let us know all the latest junior

GC by two points from Shin Bateman golf news, please get in touch. Email

and Brandon Waddington. info@englandjuniorgolf.co.uk.

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