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Friday 17th May 2019
Norman Garon Trust Junior Community Golf Tour
Playgolf Colchester Open Sunday 16th June - Results
The fourth event of The Norman Garon Trust Community Tour saw a field of 28 take on Playgolf Colchester, there was a diary clash with some tour participants attending <14 coaching and others involved in the Leslie Wood proper and plate rounds. Regrettably the entrants were depleted by four, with on the day withdrawals. The weather played its part with a sudden downpour followed by occasional showers for a further hour.
The club President Mr Len Cole was on hand firstly as a starter ably assisted by Rose his wife on the other starting tee, he then distributed the prizes to the winners.
Once again Lauren Gowers from Chelmsford won the <18 event with 41 points
Second, Mia Barningham representing Colne Valley with 36 points
Third, Jake Hinton from Epping recording 34 points.
The <14 Category 1&2 saw Alanna Matthews from The Warren winning with 38 points.
Second place was taken by Oliver Baker from nearby Colchester amassing 36 points.
In third place representing Upminster in his first appearance on tour, was Owen Fallows scoring 34 points.
Finally, in the remaining <14 Category 3&4 we saw the following results.
First, Jules Hardy from Colne Valley with 40 points
Second, Rosie Boyce, another member from Chelmsford scoring 36 points
In third place with a total of 35 points, Henry Pepper out of Braintree.
Garon Park Golf Club
Thursday 30th May 2019
Garon Park Golf Club hosted The Faldo Wedge this year with an impressive entry of 120 Juniors from all around the County. The weather proved to be kind and remained warm and dry with a strong seaside breeze at times, which proved to be a good test of golf for the entire field of boys and girls. The Faldo Wedge consists of morning and afternoon start times. Teams consist of three juniors representing their Club, with all three scores to count from 18 holes of stableford format. The mornings play saw some great golf, with Colne Valley dominating the top of the leader board, both Teams managing to get all three players scoring
consistently. Colne Valley B managed 103 points, pipping their A team by one point on 102 points. Then, as the morning rounds were all near completion Benton Hall raised the standard, returning a combined score of 110 points, with Dominic Hoskin finishing the morning off with the best score of the day so far, 40 points. Scoring in general had been tough on the well-presented course, but the target had been set for those venturing out in the afternoon sunshine.
A long wait was in store for the two sets of Colne Valley players and the Benton Hall team as the afternoon competitors prepared to do battle. If anything, the winds did drop a little in the afternoon but still made for tough conditions for all the players as the breeze was drying out the course.
Early starters in the afternoon, Forrester Park A, managed to knock the Colne Valley teams down a place by totalling 106 points, eventually taking 3rdplace. Epping B then raised the tension in the Clubhouse with their first two scores indicating they were in the hunt, finally just falling short, returning a score of 107 points to take2ndplace. The Warren A also then entered the fray late on but their final total of 102 points was only good enough to split the two Colne Valley teams, finishing in 5thplace.
So, Benton Hall with a fantastic score of 110 points held on to their lead throughout the afternoon, winning the Faldo Wedge by three points.
Benton Hall will now be representing Essex in the National Junior Club Championship later in the year at Woodhall Spa, we wish the team all the very best of luck for the event in August.
The two individual prizes on the day went to Harry Lloyd (The Warren) with 41 points, and for the girls Alanna Matthews (The Warren) with 39 points.
Our thanks to all the Junior Organisers that do so much for junior golf in the county and to Garon Park Golf Club for hosting the event and making everyone so welcome. All the junior golfers were a credit to their Clubs.
Frinton Junior Open Sunday 26th May - Results
Another well supported event as part of the NGT Community Tour saw 64 competing for Order of Merit points. Conditions were perfect for Links golf with a breeze testing the players, on the whole most competitors were happy with their scores on the day, none more so than Ralph Baker-Smith, (27 hcp) from Colne Valley G.C., who amassed a stunning 47 points to win his <14 Category 2 division and the tournament overall.
Other Division winners were
<14 Category 1 Dylan Hussey Romford G.C., on countback 39 points
<18 Lauren Gowers Chelmsford G.C. 41 points.
The County would like to thank Frinton G.C. for hosting the event, providing so many prizes, presenting the course in very good condition and for their all round hospitality and catering.
The two next events in the O.O.M. will be
16/06/2019 Junior Open hosted by Playgolf Colchester.
15/07/2019 Junior Open hosted by Colne Valley G.C.
Both events can be entered by clicking this link
25th April 2019.
The tour is now underway with events recently held at Gosfield Lake and at Colchester G.C., both venues enjoyed fine spring weather and a great turnout of entrants.
The competition is open to the following categories:-
Under 14 Division 1 for category 1&2 players
Under 14 Division 2 for category 3,4& 5 players, where applicable
Under 18 for category 3,4& 5 players, where applicable.
The tour is open to both boys and girls.
The winners at Gosfield Lake were
Under 14 Division 1.
Louis Vallis, Thorndon Park Golf Club
Under 14 Division 2.
Luke Cursons Warley Park Golf Club
Lauren Gowers Chelmsford Golf Club
The winners at Colchester were
Under 14 Division 1.
Oliver Baker Colchester Golf Club
Under 14 Division 2
Owen Fallows Upminster Golf Club
Buddy Miller Warley Park Golf
Callum Chamberlain also made a Hole in One on the 150 yard par 3, 16thhole for which he received a prize, a huge congratulations to Callum.
Colchester 15th April 2019 -
Under 14 Community Tour 2018
Under 17 Community Golf Tour - Wanstead - Results
Under 14 Community Golf Tour - Garon Park -
Div 1 Winner - William Horne 39 Points (Countback)
Div 1 Runner Up - Morgan Cohen 39 Points
Div 2 Winner - Mason Barningham 39 Points
Div 2 Runner Up - Henry Linley 38 Points
Girls Winner - Alanna Mathews
Under 17 Community Golf Tour - Braintree - Results
U14 Championship / Fred Stillwell Trophy
Tuesday 14th August 2018, Maylands Golf Club
The Under 14 Championship returned once again played to Maylands Golf Club. The course was in good condition considering the dry summer, the weather was not as hot as it has been but the sun shone and there was no sign of rain. The Under 14’s Championship is played as a gross score stroke play competition, and the Fred Stillwell trophy is presented for the best nett score. Thirty four players from around the county set out from 9.00a.m. onwards, and a few hours later Rory Bennet (Hainault Forest) returned to set a challenging Clubhouse target. His gross score , a one under par 70 was excellent and featured 4 birdies.
William Horne’s (Thorndon Park) double bogey on his last hole was costly as he had made three birdies on that nine to get to one under after dropping two shots on his way out. Thomas Atkinson (Chigwell) & Bobby Rothery-Archer (Garon Park) were three shots back from William on 75s. Thomas took 3rdon countback after negotiating the back nine in one under par. Rory was delighted to be crowned champion especially as this was his last year as an under 14 competitor.
In the Fred Stillwell Trophy competition, Patrick McLean-Tattan (Romford) managed a leader-board topping nett 65 as he continues his fantastic form this year which has seen his handicap plummet to a low teen figure from a mid-twenties handicap earlier in the year. Congratulations Patrick.
The 2018 Under 14 Essex Champion golfer was Rory Bennet, with an excellent 70, and the winner of the Stillwell Trophy was Patrick McLean-Tattan with his score of nett 65.
Our thanks go to Maylands Golf Club, Maylands Golf Club staff and their members for hosting the event and offering their course for the day. We would also like to thank Bob Powley, Captain of Maylands Golf Club. Congratulations to all those who took part and confirmed the future of Essex golf looks very promising indeed.
BOYS FOURSOMES CHAMPIONSHIP
Wednesday 8th August 2018, Gosfield Lake
Gosfield Lake Golf Club saw the return of The Boys Foursomes Championship, 30 pairs took part from Clubs around the county to compete for the junior equivalent of the Essex foursomes Championship. A Scratch Strokeplay Championship which is played over 36 holes.
The morning saw a bright start to the day with sunshine and a gentle breeze. As the day went on, the weather remained dry but the wind picked up which made the afternoon round slightly more challenging for the players. Gosfield had experienced a welcome drop of rain or two in the days leading up to the event which made the course play beautifully after a hot dry summer.
The scoring conditions looked to be tough after the first few groups returned from their morning rounds, until Liam Evans & Luke King (Thorpe Hall) carded a 73 just one over par. Next best in was Conor Garvey & Jack Moutell (Playgolf Colchester) who managed a 74. Wilf Elliot & Jake Wells (Clacton) were two back on a gross 75 going into lunch.
The afternoon winds caused some difficulties with the leading groups, Conor Garvey & Jack Moutell fell down the leader-board after only managing an 88 to follow up from their 74 in the morning which left them 8thoverall. Wilf Elliot & Jake Wells also struggled to capitalise on their morning performance finishing with a total of 158 after their afternoon round of 83 saw them slip to 5th. Liam Evans & Luke King also fell to 3rdposition after an afternoon round of 82, 9 shots off their morning total.
Orsett’s Woody Eastman & Callum Newton improved on their morning score of 79 by 4 shots, returning a 75 to clinch 2ndspot overall with a total of 154. A fantastic effort which more than deserved the runner up position in this year’s competition. Garon Park’s in-form Josh Gray, Essex Boys’ Champion, was partnering William Dove, their morning round of 77 looked pretty average at lunch, but following it up with a 74 in the afternoon which included a number of lengthy putts holed by the pair saw them climb the leader-board to take first place by 3 shots from the Orsett pairing.
We thank our fantastic hosts, Gosfield Lake Golf Club, their staff & members for once again hosting this event and providing their usual superb hospitality.
Wednesday 1st August 2018
The 2018 Boys Championship was held at Rochford Hundred Golf Club in glorious conditions with a gentle breeze blowing to help cool conditions throughout the day, with the Boys under 16 and under 18 Championships at stake.
With a busy schedule around the country this particular week, we had a drop in entries compared to the past few years. A field of just 40 players were scheduled to play the excellently presented course.
The morning round is always used as a qualifier for The Telegraph Vitality Junior Golf Championship hosted by PGA Catalunya. This year a 7 handicapper lead the way at the half way stage. Conor Garvey (Playgolf Colchester) had a fantastic start to the championship. Having had very little sleep after returning on a delayed flight from Ireland the night before, Conor managed to return a score which consisted of five birdies and just three birdies for a total of two under par for an opening 69. This means Conor qualifies for the National Leader board for The Telegraph Vitality Junior Golf Championship which we wish him all the very best of luck with qualifying for the finals.
The next best score in was from Josh Gray (Garon Park) who managed a level par 71 which consisted of four birdies and four bogeys. Rory Bennet (Hainault Forest) also had a level par 71, thankful to the 5 birdies that he managed, despite a double bogey on his penultimate hole. Harvey Sullivan (Abridge) & Patrick Arundel (Boyce Hill) both returned at lunch time having secured a solid start to their events with a pair of 72’s securing 4th position going into the afternoon round.
One of the favourites for the competition was Chelmsford’s Michael Gilbert, his opening 77 made it difficult to fight back as he was 8 shots off the lead at lunch but his level par 71 in the afternoon secured second position in the event overall so a great effort after a disappointing morning round finishing on 148 (+6). Unfortunately, the lack of sleep must have played a part in Conor Garvey’s afternoon round, his 82 saw him slip to 9th position overall. Harvey Sullivan followed up his 72 in the morning with a 77, which he was disappointed with yet still sufficient for tied 3rd on 149 (+7).
The two others that finished on 149 with Harvey, were Callum Newton (Orsett) & Jake Wells (Clacton).
Josh Gray managed to limit the amount of dropped shots on the day to 3, finishing with a 74 in the afternoon to win the Essex Boys Championship by 3 shots from Michael Gilbert. Congratulations Josh on your victory, becoming Essex Boys Champion 2018.
The Under 16 Championship which is also run on the same day saw Jake Wells’ impressive total of 149 pick up the trophy. Congratulations to Jake.
Congratulations to Harvey Sullivan & Lewis Wright who won the Essex Boys Team Prize on behalf of Abridge Golf Club, finishing with a total of 299 (+15).
A special thank you to Rochford Hundred Golf Club and their members for their hospitality, also to Rochford Hundred Golf Club Past Captain Marshall Dale for being present, not only starting but also for presenting the prizes to the juniors along with Roger Walmsley, Essex Golf Union’s President.
Under 14 Community Golf Tour - Brentwood - Results
Under 12’s Championship and Brian Fuller Trophy
Thursday 26th July at Braxted Park
A beautifully sunny day at Braxted Park saw a field of 25 under twelve year olds battling it out to become Essex’s Under 12 Champion. There was no lack of quality in the field with most players scoring below their handicaps despite extremely hot conditions.
Alexander Oddy finishing 6th with an 81 playing of a handicap of 20 was just one of those examples. Another notable score was from Oliver Baker (Colchester) shooting 80 off his 17 handicap to finish 5th overall after countback. Charlie Croker (Epping) returned a score of 80 to secure 4th on countback. Pierce Mosely (Epping) was the lowest handicapper in the field and his 78 was enough to secure 3rd place losing to Bailee Taylor (Colne Valley) on countback. Bailee managed a phenomenal score of 78 and playing of a handicap of 23 will see his handicap reduce dramatically following such a great result. Dylan Hussey (Romford) was one of the early starters but his impressive 75 off of an 11 handicap, meant he was in for a long wait. That wait I’m sure he will agree was well worth it, being crowned U12 Champion of Essex for 2018.
The scoring overall was impressive and all the players should be applauded for their efforts and their behaviour on and off the course.
We thank Braxted Park Golf Club and all of their staff and members for their outstanding hospitality. The manner in which they presented their course was magnificent and we are sure that many that visited will return in the near future due to the feedback we received from players and their parents.
Under 14 Community Golf Tour - Three Rivers - Results
Under 14 Community Golf Tour - Colne Valley - Results
South Eastern Group 2018 Junior Championships
Moor Park Golf Club, 29th May
The 2018 South East Junior Championship event was weather affected this year, with torrential rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon reducing the event to 18 holes from the planned 36-hole competition. The overall competition over a challenging Moor Park course also incorporates an under 16 category.
Essex boys featured prominently in the results, with Michael Gilbert (Chelmsford) taking 2nd place in the overall championship and Harry Moncur (Abridge) finishing 4th.
In the under 16’s event, Rory Bennet (Hainault Forest) finished in a creditable joint 3rd place.
Canons Brook Golf Club, 31 May 2018
Canons Brook Golf Club hosted The Faldo Wedge this year with a maximum entry of 144 Juniors from all around the County. The weather forecast threatened storms so Klaxons were at the ready, however, the morning players set out on time on a very well presented course which proved to be a good test of golf for all players.
The Faldo Wedge consists of morning and afternoon start times. Teams consists of three juniors representing their Club, with all three scores to count from 18 holes of stableford format. The mornings play saw some great golf, with Chigwell Golf Club taking the lunch time lead with a team total of 109 points consisting of Harry Ioannou (38pts), Thomas Atkinson (37pts) & Maura Burns-Zaragoza (34pts). Next best were Playgolf Colchester & Bentley on 106 points and Langdon Hills a further point back on 105.
The afternoon saw a continuation of good scoring, which meant it would be a long tense wait for Chigwell. The first tee time of the afternoon consisted of Stoke by Nayland Golf Club’s Sam Nixon (39pts), Harry English (39pts) & Max Toombs (33pts) who managed a leader board topping 111 points. This meant Chigwell slipped to second place but still with plenty of teams to come in. Thorpe Hall Golf Club’s A & B Teams were next in with their Team B managing to match the leading score of 111 points with a team of girls, Millie May-Penfold (41pts), Abbie Webb (40pts) & Emily Dixon (30pts) just losing out to Stoke by Nayland on Countback. However,Millie May-Penfold’s 41 points was enough to pip Ciara Rushmer (Langdon Hills) on countback for the best individual girl’s score. Congratulations to both girls on excellent performances, a well-deserved handicap reduction will be in store.
The day, however, belonged to Thorpe Hall A, consisting of last years winners, Ali-Abbas Haji, Luke King & Max Webb. The team managed to achieve a four point victory with 115 points. The big score coming from Ali-Abbas with 46 points, which was best individual boys score on the day. Luke managed 35 points and Max followed it up with 34. Not only have Thorpe Hall successfully defended the title they won last year, but they did it with the same team. Congratulations to all three boys.
Our thanks to all the Junior Organisers that do so much for junior golf in the county and to Canons Brook Golf Club for hosting the event and making everyone so welcome.
Under 14 Community Golf Tour - Frinton - Results
Under 17 Community Golf Tour - Boyce Hill - Results
Under 17 Community Golf Tour - Frinton - Results
Under 14 Team Manager Bill Dunbar presenting Max Toombs of Stoke by Nayland
with the Winners prize at Frinton Golf Club.