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Published by stevejackson, 2017-05-02 06:28:51

England Junior Golf - May 2017

England Junior Golf - May 2017

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Welcome to Junior Golf Magazine



THE final day at the 2017 US Masters. It was a moment he
probably never thought would ever happen, but it all came
right on the Sunday afternoon at Augusta National.
Tears of happiness were shed, as golf fans across the
world watched all his dreams come true as he pocketed
the biggest prize in his life. The widest smile ever seen
on a golf course quickly followed for the winner…
Owen Lockaby!
Owen who? I hear you say! It was Sergio Garcia who collected the coveted green
jacket and therefore ended his long wait for major championship glory.
And that is, of course, true.
But there is little doubt that the biggest winner on the day was 10-year-old Florida
native Owen, who was given Matt Kuchar’s signed golf ball (pictured below)
immediately after the American carded a magnificent hole-in-one on the 16th hole.
Kuchar deserves to be applauded for his wonderful, unselfish gesture, but the
game of golf also needs to take some of the credit.
This etiquette runs throughout this wonderful sport and is one of the main reasons
why golf is perfect for youngsters to get involved in.
In a recent junior golf competition, I watched a talented young golfer called Connor
Tallentire, who usually plays golf with a big smile on his face. He made a couple
of errors on one hole, and was
understandably down. But I was
so proud of how he picked his
head up and played the last two
holes to the best of his ability.
Everyone would love to have
a day like Owen’s, but, in
some respects, it can be even
more rewarding when you
come through more difficult
experiences. Well done, Connor.
Enjoy the 32-page May Magazine.
Steve Jackson - Editor
[email protected]

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Contents:


Cover - Max Masters (Royal Mid-Surrey)
5 - www.englandjuniorgolf.co.uk
6-7 - Fixtures... When & Where To Play
8 - Tour Guide... ChinnerDipper Par 3
9 - News... McEvoy Trophy & British
Schools Final preview
10-11 - Tour Guide... British Junior Golf
Tour
12-13 - Course Reviews - Redbourn
14 - Full Set With… Theo Morris
15 - Course Review... Cherwell Edge
16-17 - News... BB&O and Midlands
18 - Full Set With… Jaxson Perry
20-21 - Putters & Posers... Action
Photos
22 - Full Set With… Emily Dixon
23 - Find The Fairways In…
Leicestershire & Rutland
25 - Full Set With… Matthew Whitaker
26 - News - Graeme Storm Golf Day
27 - News - Scottish Boys & Girls
Championships
28 - Pro’s Tip... Chip and Run, with Paul
Vaughan
30 - News... Northamptonshire
31 - Tap-Ins... Latest News




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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.

Please note, England
If you want England Junior Golf to promote Junior Golf are not
your Junior Open, please get in touch with us: directly associated with
[email protected] 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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May the force be with you this month


THE magnificent stretch of courses in East Lothian provides one of the highlights
for junior golfers this month as the US Kids Golf European Championship takes
place from Tuesday, May 30th.
Scotland also hosts five Wee Wonders tournaments throughout May as golfers
aged between five and 12 years old compete at traditional venues like Carnoustie
and North Berwick.
As the season builds momentum, other Wee Wonders events and several Junior
Opens are scheduled in Ireland, Wales and England over the coming weeks.
Tour pros Carl Mason and Lee Westwood have competitions in their names, a
number of County Boys and Girls Champions will be crowned this month, while
the England Boys County Championship Midlands Qualifier will be high on the
must-play list for some.

Date Competition Venue & County
Mon, May 1st Junior Open - Bell Cup Thorpeness, Suffolk
Mon, May 1st Wee Wonders Shanklin & Sandown, IOW
Mon, May 1st Wee Wonders Brucefields, Scotland
Mon, May 1st Wee Wonders East Clare, Ireland
Sun, May 7th Herts Junior Golf Tour Bushey, Herts
Sun, May 7th Wee Wonders Aberdovey, Wales
Sun, May 7th Wee Wonders North Berwick, Scotland
Sun, May 7th Wee Wonders The Hirsel, Scotland
Sun, May 7th Wee Wonders County Sligo, Ireland
Sat, May 13th Junior Girls Open Redbourn, Herts
Sun, May 14th Junior Boys Open Redbourn, Herts
Sun, May 14th Herts Futures Tour Stevenage, Herts
Sun, May 14th Surrey Rookie Tour Shirley Park, Surrey
Sun, May 14th Wee Wonders Vicars Cross, Cheshire
Sun, May 14th Wee Wonders Woodsome Hall, Yorkshire
Sun, May 14th Wee Wonders Carnoustie, Scotland
Sun, May 14th Wee Wonders Blackbush, Ireland
Sat, May 20th Wee Wonders Willesley Park, Leics

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Date Competition Venue & County


Sun, May 21st British Junior Golf Tour - 2017 Redbourn,
Super Six Grand Final Herts
Matfen Hall,
Sun, May 21st Wee Wonders
Northumberland
Sun, May 21st Wee Wonders Tonbridge, Kent
Sat, May 27th Wee Wonders Farrington Park, Gloucs
Sat, May 27th Wee Wonders Llanwern, Wales
Sun, May 28th Lincs County Junior Championship Waltham Windmill, Lincs
Sun, May 28th Wee Wonders Willow Valley, Yorkshire
Sun, May 28th Wee Wonders Haddington, Scotland
Mon, May 29th Carl Mason Junior Open Goring & Streatley, Berks
Mon, May 29th Junior Girls Open Goring & Streatley, Berks
Mon, May 29th Junior Open Essendon, Herts
Mon, May 29th Wee Wonders Horton Park, Surrey
Tues, May 30th - US Kids Golf European East Lothian,
Thurs, June 1st Championship Scotland
Tues, May 30th British Junior Golf Tour Cherwell Edge, Oxon
Tues, May 30th Essex County Girls Championship Langdon Hills, Essex
Tues, May 30th Cambs County Girls Championship Links (Newmarket), Cambs
Tues, May 30th Herts County Girls Championship Batchworth Park, Herts
Tues, May 30th Wee Wonders Hoebridge, Surrey
England Boys County St. Ives,
Wed, May 31st
Championship Midlands Qualifier Cambs
Wed, May 31st Oxford County Girls Championship Burford, Oxon
Wed, May 31st Junior Open Chesfield Downs, Herts
Wed, May 31st Wee Wonders Sherwood Forest, Notts
Wed, May 31st Lee Westwood Golf Tour Oxford, Oxon
Wed, May 31st Lee Westwood Golf Tour Kings Norton, Worcs
Wed, May 31st European Junior Golf Tour Queens Park, Dorset
Wed, May 31st BB&O Futures U12 Development Wexham Park, Bucks

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Beeson is the best on tricky par 3 track

CUDDINGTON’S Charles David Beeson carded the best 18-hole round of 68 in
the Chinnydipper Par 3 Championship which took place on the fabulous Cromwell
Course at Nailcote Hall in Warwickshire.
On a sunny day, he won the Boys 9-10 Age Group by nine shots from James
Robertson, who was successful the previous day in the Parent/Child competition.
Branston’s Thomas Weeks led the way in the Boys 11-12 Age Group from Oscar
Bell (Rutland Waters), while Alfie Wheeler (Ferdown Forest) enjoyed a two shot win
in the Boys Age 7-8 Division.
Maggie Whitehead (Ramside) finished three ahead of Lili-Rose Hunt (Gaudet
Luce) in the Girls 10-12 Age Group, while Jasmine Lee took first prize in the Girls
7-9 Age Group.
With players travelling from as far as Spain to compete on this short but challenging
course, Chinnydipper’s Director, Darren Stratman, said: “We were astonished by
the efforts people had gone through to play in our first event. Well done and thanks
to everyone who took part.”
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In-form Charlie grabs double success


CHARLIE Strickland made it back-to-back wins on the
amateur circuit as the teenager clinched the Duncan
Putter at Southerndown GC, before adding the
prestigious McEvoy Trophy at Copt Heath GC a week
later.
After shooting scores of 69, 69, 67 and 69 to record
a six stroke victory in South Wales, the 17-year-old
went into the West Midlands event in confident mood
as he took on a strong field of young golfers from all
the home nations and overseas.
Strickland sat two off the pace on level par after day
one, before finding form in rounds three and four as he
bagged nine birdies and an eagle to receive the trophy
from ex-Walker Cup captain Peter McEvoy (both pictured, photo credit: Mark Eley).
Germany’s Jannik De Bruyn carded two scores of 68 to finish three shots adrift in
second on five-under-par, with Angus Flanagan (St. George’s Hill) in third on 280.

Schools get ready for Forest of Arden


LEE Westwood Golf School will have the largest
representation at the British Schools and Colleges
National Championships as five teams chase the
glory at the Forest of Arden GC on May 4th-5th.
The Essex school impressed throughout the
qualifying stages with all three sides progressing
to the final, while Cheshire topped the gross and
net tables for their region.
With the Darren Clarke Golf School, who have
won the tournament twice in the last four years,
also making it through, the students will participate
in an individual event alongside the team comp.
For details of the Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke
Golf School’s, visit www.leewestwoodgolf.com
Pictured: Dom Burgess or www.darrenclarkegolfschool.com.


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Sky TV date is set for British Juniors



YOUNG golfers across the country will be tuning
in to watch popular TV show Game Changers at
5pm on Friday, May 5th on Channel Sky Sports
Mix to see if they will feature in the programme.
The show visited Park Hill GC in Leicestershire
on Sunday, March 26th to film British Junior Golf
Tour’s IMG Academy Junior World Championship
qualifier to compete in California this summer.
Tour Director Steve Adams said: “This was a
great honour for the British Junior Golf Tour, and all the junior golfers who took
part. It was wonderful to see how excited the children were to have the friendly
TV crew around, they performed like pros in front of the camera!”
The show, which is repeated at 8.15am the following day on Sky 1, coincides with
the new European Tour GolfSixes event at Centurion Club on the same weekend.
It will also be available On Demand, on Sky Go and on the Sky Kids app!
British Junior Golf Tour’s Super Six Series, meanwhile, came to a successful
British Junior conclusion last month with events at Wellingborough, Bourn and Tadmarton Heath.
Golf Tour With players gaining points towards the Order of Merits in the various age and
handicap categories, the prizes will be awarded in the Grand Final at Redbourn
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Course Review - Redbourn (Ver course)



THE 18-hole main course offers a first class
layout and some stunning views of the
Hertfordshire countryside.
The course is maintained to the highest
standards and players can enjoy level tees,
lush fairways and true greens all year round.
A player will be sure of an interesting
round on this par 70 with an array of well
positioned spinneys, streams and bunkers
to test their ability to play the right shot at
the right time.
With five of the par four holes stretching past the 400-yard mark, stamina will be put
to the test as the club also boasts one of the longest holes in Hertfordshire as the
18th measures 619 yards from the back tees.
The club, which also has the Kinsbourne par three course, has a fantastic reputation
for promoting junior golf and is a popular venue for hosting major events, including
British Junior Golf Tour’s 2017 Super Six Grand Final,
which takes place on Sunday, May 21st.



























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How Wood Billy play the short course?



BILLY Wood knows all about how to compete on
the tricky Kinsbourne par three layout at Redbourn
GC after the nine-year-old won the opening 2017
Hertfordshire Futures Tour event last month.
The Wexham Park member (pictured right) needed
countback to bag the top prize after he tied with William
Ashby-Skyrme (Hazelmere) on 32 over nine holes.
He said: “When I played the Kinsbourne, it was in
great condition and a very challenging, but fun, course.
“Every hole is either on a hill or a slope so choose your
clubs wisely or you could end up in the long rough.
“The seventh is quite tricky because it’s up hill and if
you over-hit it goes out of bounds, if you go right it’s
deep rough, while anything short of the green rolls back down the hill. So be careful!
“If you can’t find the putting surfaces make sure your short game is on form.
Redbourn has a good practice area and the clubhouse do the best cheesy chips!”
A field of 86 juniors took part in the first of seven Futures Tour events, as Harry
Lakes (Beadlow Manor) won the net competition on countback from Olivia Wynne
(Kingsway) with a net 25.
Nicholas Curran (Essendon) carded the best round of the day in the second division
as a fantastic net 21 earned the youngster a one shot victory from Shiv Ahluwalia.

HERTFORDSHIRE’S next generation of golfers enjoyed a busy April as they
competed in a selection of junior events around the county.
The Bishop’s Stortford trio of Blair Gardiner, Matthew Crowther and Matthew
Green grabbed the top prize in the HGU Junior Champion Club event with a
countback victory from Ashridge at Letchworth GC. George Rocca (ldenham)
had the best individual score.
George Albone took the plaudits in the Mill Green Junior Open as the Essendon
member compiled a winning gross level par round of 72.
In the opening iTour competition at Aldenham earlier in the month, Riya Chandaria
clinched the net prize on countback from Harry Howell. Isabella Brunskill led the
second division scoring.


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Full Set with... Theo Morris


Where was your first round?
With my dad at his club at Newmarket Links.
Best round?
At the Gog Magog on the Wandlebury Course.
Who would be in your perfect fourball?
My coach Alan Fletcher, Sergio Garcia, Justin
Rose and me.
Golf course you want to play?
Augusta National. Name: Theo Morris.
Best shot ever played? Age: 10.
When I was eight, I hit the pin and landed Golf Club: Gog Magog
about a foot away on a 125 yard par three. Handicap: 24
Achievements:
Who is the best golfer in the family? Playing for Under-12
My dad tries to play, but I am better than him! Cambridgeshire
Luckiest shot ever played? County team. Playing
A 50-yard chip with an eight iron. I topped it, for the Junior first
but it landed just over three feet away! team at Gog Magog.
When was the last time you laughed out loud Representing Kings
on the golf course? Why? Ely Junior School at
Watching my dad play golf badly, hitting a the ISGA competition
couple of balls into water! at Sunningdale.
Best golfer you have seen play?
I’ve never been to a live event but enjoy watching Dustin Johnson on TV.
What is the best part of your game?
Driving. I can shoot around 200 yards and most of the time it’s straight.
Which professional golfer do you most resemble?
Ricky Fowler
Who will win the 2017 British Open?
I’d like Ian Poulter to do well but Dustin Johnson has the best chance.
Best golf coaching tip you have received?
When chipping, my coach told me to have my hands forward and put most
of the pressure on my left foot. It felt funny but it works really well now.
Why do you enjoy playing golf?
I enjoy entering competitions and making new friends. I also really like
the opportunity of playing different courses. Most of all it’s good fun!

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Course Review - Cherwell Edge



ALTHOUGH the club is part of the
Northamptonshire Golf set-up, the
course is actually in Oxfordshire.
At just under 6,100 yards, it’s not the
longest course, with five of the first
seven holes on the back nine demanding
accuracy as opposed to strength off the
tee.
Hole 11 is the main exception - at 235
yards and with a long, thin and angled
green this is arguably the toughest par
three in the county.
The 18th hole is another big test, especially the tee shot when you need to decide
whether to have a crack at clearing the ditch or not - it’s a good closing par four.
The front nine, which is the more established half and used to be the closing set of
holes, is different both in terms of length and in the lay-out.
There are a collection of good looking and challenging par fours, including the
second and fourth, a couple of holes where water comes into play down the right,
while the latter is a monster par four.

Junior Open at Cherwell Edge on Tuesday, May 30th
TOUR pro Gary Boyd (pictured left) has partnered with British
Junior Golf Tour to offer the leading three the chance to
join him for 18 holes of golf this summer.
Boyd came through the junior ranks at Cherwell Edge to
become one of the best golfers in the country.
As an amateur, he won a collection of top events, represented
England at all levels and was a reserve for the 2006 Walker
Cup team, which featured Rory McIlroy and Danny Willett.
After turning professional shortly afterwards, Boyd has gone to
compete on the European Tour for four years, played in The
Open three times and took part in the 2010 US Open at Pebble
Beach, California.


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Woodhall Spa spot is Buckingham’s


BUCKINGHAM GC’s Huw Pearson (pictured, below left), Gareth Jones and Jack
Harrington claimed the BB&O Junior Champion Club title at North Oxford GC.
With the best two from three net scores to count, the trio’s tally of 129 lifted them
seven clear of Olivia Lee, Scott Marsh and Jake Shepherd (Gerrards Cross). The
club will represent the county in the national finals at Woodhall Spa GC in August.
Jack Chantrey (Deanwood Park) enjoyed a double success on the BB&O Futures
Tour as he bagged top prizes in the events at Ellesborough GC and Temple GC.
On a bright but cool day in the opening competition, Chantrey clinched the net
plaudits in the under-12 category with a net 71, before the 10-year-old did likewise
at Temple four days later, thanks to a net 69.
Simon Mead (Newbury & Crookham) and Joseph Lawton (East Berkshire) secured
the under-12 gross and net honours at the two tournaments.
Woburn’s Ben Loveard (pictured, below right) shot a gross 81 in the Under-14
section at Ellesborough as Thomas Owen (North Oxford) fired a superb winning
net 65, while Harry Thomas (Drayton Park) and Jack Bristow (Buckinghamshire)
were the gross and net players to beat a few days later.
Carl Banner (Stoke Park) and Aiden Benger (Studley Wood) grabbed the gross
and net awards in the older age group at the first competition, before Carl Banner
(Stoke Park) and Archie Smith (Caversham Heath) took the Temple prizes.
























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Hawkstone provides thrilling finishes


IFIELD’S Charlie Hilton and Gosforth
Park Ladies member Jess Baker (both
pictured right) carried away the top prizes
in the Midland Under-16 Boys and Girls
Championships respectively at Hawkstone
Park GC.
Hilton needed a play-off to get the better
of Yorkshire’s Tom Osborne (Lindrick) after
both compiled the leading 54-hole score of
level par 216.
Baker also earned a narrow win as she
edged one stroke ahead of Mia Eales-
Smith (Lindrick) over the closing stretch of
holes on the Shropshire course.

Megan and Jess secure the honours


MEGAN Dennis (Woburn) was crowned 2017 BB&O Girls County Champion
after shooting an excellent three-under-par score of 75 at Badgemore Park GC.
Daisy Kennedy (Stoke Park) finished three shots behind in second place.
Harewood Downs member Jessica Pilgrim
(pictured left) secured a countback victory
in the net competition from Hannah Cash
(Buckinghamshire) after both players came
in with the leading score of net 71.
Forty four points was a magnificent winning
tally in the stableford competition as Vicky
Prietzel (Calcot Park) finished two ahead
of Rachel MacKinlay (Buckinghamshire).
Berkshire clinched the team trophy for a
second successive year as Julia Warke
(Stoke Park), Felicity Deaney (Mill Ride)
and Mia Hynes (Hennerton) led the way
with a total of 145.


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Full Set with... Jaxson Perry


Where was your first round?
Thornbury GC, Bristol in October 2014.
Best round?
One-over-par in 2016 Par 3 Wee Wonders Final Qualifier.
Luckiest shot ever played?
Any of my four hole-in-one’s - you need some luck, I guess.
Who would be in your perfect fourball?
Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler and me.
Golf course you want to play?
Augusta or St Andrews (Old Course). Name: Jaxson Perry
Best shot ever played? Age: Seven
In US Kids World Finals at Pinehurst, I hit second Golf Club: The
on a par five to four feet to set up an eagle chance. Kendleshire.
Who is the best golfer in the family? Handicap: 23.6.
Me (but my dad was ok in his earlier years, lol). Achievements: 2015 &
Best golfer you have seen play? 2016 Wee Wonders St
Andy Sullivan at 2016 BMW Championships. Andrew’s Grand Finals
third in 6&Under, 2016
What is the best part of your game? US Kids European
100%, my driving. Finals Longniddry fifth in
If you had a golfing nickname, what would it be? 7&Under, 2016 US Kids
Big Boomer or Speedy Gonzalez. World Championships
Who will win the 2017 British Open? Pinehurst Team Pairs
Rory McIlroy. World Champions
Best golf coaching tip you have received? 8&Under & World
Slow down and play one shot at a time - stop Champion Putting in
thinking too much. 7&Under, 2016 US Kids
When was the last time you laughed out loud on World Championships
the golf course? Why? Pinehurst fourth in
In Knowle Junior Open, I couldn’t see base of pin 6&Under. Dropping my
on 10th. I hit a good shot, when I got to green it handicap from 36 to 24
was five inches away - made me laugh and smile. in last six months.
Why do you enjoy playing golf?
The way it makes me feel. I am so happy to just be swinging the club, on
the practice ground or on the course - I feel my most happy then.

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Putters & Posers 2
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Full Set with... Emily Dixon



Where was your first round?
Garon Park.
Most memorable moment on a golf course?
Chipping in for my first birdie.
Who would be in your perfect fourball?
Charley Hull, Lexi Thompson, Dulcie Sverdloff
and myself.
Best golf course played?
St. Andrews.
Favourite golf hole played?
Fifth at Thorpe Hall (I always score well on it).
Favourite club in the bag?
The Big Dog (Driver)
What is your longest drive?
167yds at Ingrebourne.
What is the funniest thing you have seen in
golf?
My Daddy crashing a buggy into a Name: Emily Dixon.
ditch. Age: Seven (eight on May
If you had a golfing nickname, what 28th)
would it be? Golf Club: Thorpe Hall
The little Pro (that’s what my coach Handicap: n/a
calls me). Achievements: 2015/2016
Best golfer you have seen play? Essex Golfing Generations,
2015 Trainee Professional
Matthew Fitzpatrick. Trophy, 2016 Amy Morgan
What is the best part of your game? Trophy, 2016 Howe Cup, 2017
Putting. Mighty Masters 7/8 Girls.
Who will win the 2017 British Open?
Rory McIlroy.
Best golf coaching tip you have received?
Never up, never in, ie don’t leave a putt short of the hole.
Why do you enjoy playing golf?
I love being out in the fresh air and being with my friends.


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Find the fairways in...


Leicestershire & Rutland

Golf Clubs affiliated to Leicestershire & Rutland Golf Union

Beedles Lake
Birstall
Charnwood Forest
Cosby
Forest Hill
Glen Gorse
Hinckley
Humberstone Heights
Kibworth
Kilworth Springs
Kirby Muxloe (pictured,
top right)
Lingdale
Longcliffe
Luffenham Heath
Lutterworth
Market Harborough
Melton Mowbray
North Luffenham
Park Hill
Rothley Park
Rutland County
Rutland Water
Scraptoft
Six Hills
Stapleford Park
The Leicestershire
Ullesthorpe Court For more details about golf in
Whetstone (pictured, bottom right) Leicestershire & Rutland, visit their
Willesley Park Golf Union website www.lrgu.co.uk


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Full Set with... Matthew Whitaker


Where was your first round?
Nazeing Golf Course.
Most memorable moment on a golf course?
In my first year of competitions I knocked out my
front tooth with my driver on the EJGT.
Who would be in your perfect fourball?
Rory Mcllory, Beef, Matthew Fitzpatrick and
myself.
Best golf course played?
Wellingborough as it was a lovely course
and it was also the best I’ve played.
Favourite golf hole played?
I like playing the 17th hole at Nazeing Name: Matthew Whitaker.
as I like hitting over the water. Age: Six.
Who is the best golfer in the family? Golf Club: Nazeing GC & The
Me. Hertfordshire G&CC
What is your longest drive? Handicap: n/a.
130 yards. Achievements: Hertfordshire
Favourite club in the bag? League finalist aged 5-12
years old in 2016. EJGT five
Driver. out of five first place finishes
Best golfer you have seen play? in 2016, EJGT one out of one
Rory Mcllroy. first place in 2017, BJGT two
What is the best part of your game? first places in 2017 and two
As part of my training I work on all runners-up.
areas of my game equally.
If you had a golfing nickname, what would it be?
My club member friends at The Hertfordshire call me ‘The Machine’.
What is the funniest thing you have seen in golf?
When a giant crocodile walked across a golf course.
Best golf coaching tip you have received?
Never give up and stay consistent.
Why do you enjoy playing golf?
I like playing different courses, making new friends and winning
trophies if I play well.

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Graeme’s big day goes down a Storm


AN opportunity to hold former Open champion Paul
Lawrie’s Claret Jug was just one of a number of special
treats on offer to a huge field of juniors for the Graeme
Storm Junior Open at Hartlepool GC.
Olympic champions Justin Rose donated a signed
Olympic flag, which was framed, while Storm framed
another flag, which was signed by the likes of Tiger
Woods, Sergio Garcia Henrik Stenson, Thomas Pieters,
Matt Fitzpatrick and Lee Westwood.
Raffle prizes included a green Titleist Cap signed by Sir
Nick Faldo and Danny Willett, as the day raised £5,000
for The Finlay Cooper Fund in aid of ex-footballer Colin
Cooper’s son, who died aged just two years old.
With 158 young competitors receiving a Taylormade
Graeme Storm Junior Open Cap and three Taylormade
balls on registration, the tournament witnessed some
excellent winning scores.
Adam Dews (Southmoor) won the nine-hole competition
for players aged 7-10 on countback from Ben Brown with
a magnificent score of 35 points.
Kieran Hall (Castle Eden) carded a brilliant net 58 to
clinch the boys 11-14 age group by three from Harry
Etherington, while Ella Jackson (Seaton Carew) clinched
the girls award.
Matthew Booth, Ella Crang, Daniel Norman, Libby Bell,
Ben Bailey and Amy Sutheran also collected prizes.














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Paterson soars high with two eagles


JOHN Paterson (New Club St. Andrews) came close
to bagging three eagles in the final round of the
Scottish Boys Open Championship as he clinched a
magnificent victory at Monifieth Golf Links.
The 17-year-old (photo right, credit: Kenny Smith),
who sat five off the pace going into the last 18 holes,
carded a two on the opening par four, holed a 60
footer for a second eagle on the eighth, before giving
himself another eagle opportunity on the last hole.
Although the six foot putt didn’t drop, Paterson’s
brilliant four-under-par 67 for a four-round total of 283
was still enough to earn him a two stroke victory from
overnight leader Jamie Stewart (Old Ranfurly).
Darren Howie (Peebles) finished third on two over, with Eric McIntosh (Bruntsfield
Links) completing a Scotland top four a stroke further back. England’s John
Wilding (Heysham) took the honours as the leading Under-16.
A long trip well worth making for Mimi



BURNHAM & Berrow member Mimi Rhodes was delighted
she made the journey up from Somerset to compete in in
the Scottish Girls Championship as she came away with the
Under-16 Trophy at Montrose GC. The teenager (pictured) won her
age category by four with a three-over-par score over 54 holes.
The main championship saw a big win for Germany’s
Hannah Karg as a total of 12-under-par gave her a 10
stroke cushion from Scotland’s Shannon McWilliam and
Hollie Muse (West Lancashire).
England colleagues Martha Lewis (St George’s Hill),
Hannah Screen (Berkhamsted), Amelia Williamson (Royal
Cromer) all finished in the top 10.
England coach Mark Day said: “I am so chuffed for Mimi
- she demonstrated some really good all-round skills and
thoroughly deserved her score and the win.”

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Professional’s Tip - ‘Chip and Run’



A PLAYER needs to assess what is in
front of them, and then decide what type
of pitch or chip shot they need to play.
A ‘Chip and Run’ spends more time on
the ground than in the air, while a ‘Pitch
Shot’ spends more time in the air than on Paul Vaughan
the ground. PGA Professional
If there is a bunker Ardglass Golf Club, County
or rough in front, a Down, Northern Ireland
player might need [email protected]
to use something ardglassgolfclub.com
with a little more loft,
so that it pops the ball up quickly and runs out to the flag.
If a player has just short grass in front of them, up to the green,
they should try to hit a ‘Chip and Run’ by keeping the ball as
close to the ground as possible, which equals more control.
There are three key areas to hitting a ‘Chip and Run’ shot.
1 Ball Position and Aim.
The ball needs to be in the middle of the stance. The club
and ball should aim towards the target with the body slightly
open to the club and ball.
2 Weight distribution.
A player to have 70% of their weight on their left (front) leg.
The weight needs to remain on the front throughout the
shot, and the hands remain ahead of the ball at impact.
This helps the club face hit down on the ball, creating a crisper strike.
3 Grip.
Hold club further down the grip to get a little more control,
and shorten the arc on the way back.
Use a variety of clubs, because the more clubs a player
can pitch or chip with, the better options they will have on
the course, resulting in more success.
The more a player practices these shots, the better they will get at it.


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Spanish trip provides ideal preparation



ELISE Warden’s overseas trip to La Manga Club provided the perfect practice
session for the NGL golf season as she clinched two different 18-hole competitions
at Priors Hall GC and Northampton GC on her return to these shores.
The 13-year-old, who won the excursion to the magnificent Spanish resort with
victory in the 2016 SJGT final, secured further top prizes in the Roses Spring
Cup and the Northampton Easter Open.
The Overstone Park youngster (pictured below) triumphed on countback in the
first event with 36 points, before she continued her superb form by bagging the
net plaudits on the Harlestone course, thanks to a net 69.
Corey Neville claimed the gross prize from Ben Lavender with a 78, Jadon
Pham led the way in the nine-hole event on 22 points, while Martha Pieterse
served notice of her potential with the leading mark of
27 points in the Academy competition.


































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Tap-In’s HOLLY Gordon saw her handicap
slashed from 53 to 44.5 after winning
REBECCA Jennings (Harewood Downs) the Don Heath Trophy at Rose Hill
beat Hannah Cash (Buckinghamshire) Golf Club in Worcestershire with a
on countback in the Girls Spring breathtaking total of 48 points.
Meeting in the Bucks County Ladies FIVE of the best golf courses on
Golf Association at Whiteleaf GC. the Emerald Isle form part of the
NINE different golf courses are on the schedule for the new Irish Kids Golf
summer schedule for the Derbyshire Tour. Aimed at boys and girls aged
Golf Futures Tour. The opening between seven and 13 years old, visit
event takes place at Shirland GC on www.irishkidsgolftour.co.uk.
Sunday, June 18th. LEICESTERSHIRE under-16s team
ARCHIE Qualtrough (Woodhall Spa) edged a tight home match with
was successful in the Styal Junior Northants. Sam Dowd grabbed the
Masters after carding a winning score of decisive point at Forest Hill GC.
net 20 over nine holes. Noah Cambridge TEENAGERS Conor Gough and
(Royal Lytham) took the gross prize. Thomas Plumb will represent
It was definitely a Good Friday for England in the Thunderbird
George Sainsbury at Nevill GC, Kent International in Arizona, USA in May.
as he picked up the Juniors Easter TO let us know all the latest junior golf
Cup following his victory over the news, please get in touch by emailing
festive period. [email protected]

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