Early season success for Lincolnshire Juniors

Lincolnshire County Junior Golf Updates, 5/9/2016 by Keith Moody

Clubs within the county have their own player pathway and likewise the county also has a player pathway forming a link between club activities and county activities. The county activities are supported by a county development group of the LUGC (and the ladies association), the PGA and county development officers. This junior programme covers all ages, from under 7, the Little Imps and County Chicks, right through to 18 year old.

This season’s programme has already started with the early season county junior squad meetings and coaching sessions. These have already taken place at the National Golf Centre, Woodhall Spa for all three groups. This season there is a focus on foursome play and course management. About 15 players were present on each day representing clubs from right across Lincolnshire. It is from these squads that the junior teams will be selected to play for the county in several matches during the year.

The annual Boys vs Girls match was held at Laceby Manor Golf Club. The excellent contest was held in very good weather and produced some very goodgolf. The Boys gave full handicap difference to the Girls plus two extra shots in the four ball better ball match play format. On this occasion Pat Jones had fired up the Girls and for the first time ran out winners by 3 ½ to 2 ½.

The Little Imps have also made an early start to their season with the first outing at Belton Woods early in April.

The individual competition season also started with a large entry of boys and a larger than usual entry of girls contesting the very popular Roger Jennings and Peggotty Cups at its traditional home of Lincoln Golf Club. Josh Payne of Boston claimed both the best gross and best net trophies. Ellie Haughton, of Greetham Valley, was the best gross girls winner with sister Izzy Haughton taking the net trophy. The full result is on the web site.

On Bank Holiday Monday (May Day) we undertook a new fixture with an Under 14’s team travelling to Stapleford Park in Leicestershire for a friendly match against Leicestershire and Rutland Under 14’s. This resulted in an excellent victory for Lincolnshire by 10 ½ to 3 ½ .

The next competitive outing for the junior golfers of the county is the boys’ and girls’ championships which is being played at Spalding in May. Entries should be made as soon as possible.

This is quickly followed by the six ‘man’ team event at Kidderminster. The squad has been pencilled in but the final team won’t be known until after the completion of the championships at Spalding.

May I thank all the clubs that I speak to for helping us out in whatever way possible. Communication is still a key area.

Finally – we still need more registered juniors! There is a simple free

registration process which gives access to these regular individual competitions– which now have increased handicaps allowances.

Keith Moody – LUGC Junior Organiser

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