The Lincolnshire County Junior Golf junior set up has been extremely busy during the recent schools’ half term break. First up, just prior to the school half term, was the County Junior Patrons – a very active society of adult golf club members from across the county who provide magnificent support to the county juniors – both boys and girls. They played an individual Stableford event at Spalding Golf Club where scoring on some excellent but tricky greens meant that good scores were at a premium. But taking the honours on the day were in the ladies competition Pam Shepherd of Louth G C on 33 points from Sue Annabel of South Kyme, also on 33 points but beaten by the count back system. In the gents competition scoring was very similar and it saw Brian Marriot of Boston G C pip Jim McPherson of Lincoln G C also by the count back as both had scored 33 points.
A couple of days later The Boys and Girls Championships were combined, for the first time, into one ‘big’ event on the Bracken course at Woodhall Spa G C. Taking first place to become the 2015 County Boys Champion and winning the R Pumfrey Trophy was Billy Spooner of Boston G C with a 36 hole gross score of 143. The runner up was last year’s champion Sam Done of Kenwick Park G C on 149. In third place on 150 was Sleaford G C’s Oliver Harrod and fourth was Adam Barnard of Holme Hall G C also on 150 but beaten by the count back system. Two other champions were also decided. The Under 16 Champion and winner of the Les Pepper Salver was Jake Craddock of Sleaford G C on 151 gross with club colleague Will Hopkins runner up on 152. Due to his excellent score it was Jake Craddock who became a dual winner as he was also eligible for the Under 14’s Championship which he also won with his score of 151.
The best morning net prize was won by Calum Walker of Spalding G C with score of 78 – 6 = 72 and the best afternoon net prize went to Callum Moore of Woodhall Sap G C with 78 – 10 = 68.
The winner of the girls championship was Lily Farr of Gainsborough G C with a gross score of 85. Lois Williamson of Boston G C claimed the Under 16 Championship with a gross score of 86 whilst Isobel Haughton of Greetham Valley G C won the Under 14’s Championship with a gross score of 105.
Gemma Mann claimed the best net prize with her score of 93 – 31 = 62 and Ellie Haughton was presented with her prize of the most improved handicap for her reduction from 23 to 15. Hopefully the success of this year’s combined championship can be repeated next year at Spalding Golf Club.
Just a few days alter the Six Man Boys team left for 2015 England Golf Boys County Championship Midland Qualifying round at Trentham Golf Club (Par 72) in Staffordshire. They travelled with high expectations of a good result which still seemed promising after Tuesday’s practice round.
But sadly, on the day of the qualifying, three rounds out of the six scores were at 8 over par which left them with a huge task of closing down a 6 shot lead opened up by the morning leaders Northamptonshire on 16 over.
The boys were a real credit to themselves as the dug in for the afternoon round and posted a much better score than in the morning but Northamptonshire held their nerve and also improved on the morning scores to post a winning score for the 36 holes of 28 over.
But credit to the Lincolnshire boys they did improve their standing from a half point of fifth place to finish third out of the ten counties competing, just behind the home county of Staffordshire.
On a more brighter note two of our players finished in the twelve individual scores – Billy Spooner of Woodhall Spa G C second on 143 gross and Sam Done of Kenwick Park G C twelfth on 151. Other than Spooner and Done Lincolnshire were also represented by Billy Wright of Kenwick Park G C , OliverHarrod of Sleaford G C, Adam Barnard of Holme Hall G C and Hugo Kedzlie of Spalding G C. Except for Spooner and Kedzlie this was the last time that Done, Wright, Harrod and Barnard would be eligible for this competition which means that there are now opportunities for up and coming county juniors to represent their county.
by Keith Moody Junior Organiser.