Junior Organiser's Report 2014
The junior section has grown in size this year to 39 members, despite “losing” 5 juniors at the end of last season (all of whom have retained their membership in the intermediate category). We welcomed 7 new members during the year, and this growth is a credit to the Club at a time when many golf clubs are experiencing reducing membership levels, especially at junior level. I hope all the new “juniors” enjoy their membership and take an active part in the Section. 24 juniors competed in our competitions during the year resulting in some excellent competitive golf. The average age of the section is 13.5 years which is encouraging for the future, and we now have 5 girls on the membership list. This may not sound many, but the development of girls/women’s golf is a major target for England Golf, and I hope to encourage more of the girls to enter junior competitions next year. They are not just for the boys!
At last years AGM we appealed for members to join the junior committee, due to 3 “retirements”. Adrian Holland and Pete Nixon have joined myself and Jake Scragg on the committee, and have given invaluable support, making my life a lot easier! We are always happy to encourage members to join the committee, and never turn down offers of help! The Club also welcomed a new professional at the beginning of the year, and Greg Rogula has been especially supportive in the development of the junior section through the golf academy which is proving to be an excellent entry route to club membership.
The Club, through the General Committee and Secretary’s Office, continue to support junior golf. The Captain, Dave Gallimore, in particular, has been extremely supportive of our development. This was reflected in the attendance for the Captain’s Day for Juniors in June, when the juniors were competing for an excellent range of prizes which were presented on the day of the competition after The Captain hosted a meal. The section is also indebted to The President, John Carr, for donating a new trophy for which the juniors competed, also in June. The President’s Trophy is a nett stroke play competition which in effect is the “junior club championship” we had planned to introduce this year. The competition included a trophy, also donated by The President, for the best gross score, which was an incentive for the low handicap juniors. Again, The President hosted a prize giving, following a meal, on the day of the competition.
The competitive season has seen some excellent scoring in the junior competitions, and given the average age of the section, the general quality of golf is of a high standard. We will be reviewing and celebrating the season and prize winners during the awards presentation so a full list of award winners will not be issued until the end of the evening, as we have some awards which will only be announced on the night. One of the disappointments of the season is the decline of junior team golf amongst other North Staffordshire clubs. Apart from ourselves and Trentham, other teams in the North West Division of the Staffordshire County League and the North Staffs Junior Golf Alliance 4-ball League have failed to fulfil fixtures because of declining numbers. We were also unable to play the Annual Junior Festival Trophy against Westwood for similar reasons.
It is always good to see our young golfing talent being recognised beyond the Club. This season Dan Bourne has represented Staffordshire in county matches at U18 level, and Harry Fearn was appointed Staffordshire U14 Captain. Leann Nixon also became the first girl from Leek for many seasons to represent Staffordshire Girls at U18 level. All three players deserve our congratulations, both for their own personal performance, and for the fact that it enhances the reputation of Leek Golf Club.
One of our main aims in the junior section is to provide an environment for players to improve their golfing standard. However we also put a high value on “educating” the juniors on the etiquette and rules of golf, and try to avoid disqualifying players, wherever possible, from competitions. However one area of concern is the standard recording accurate, readable scores on a scorecard and also checking scores before they are signed and recorded on the computer system. We will be looking for an improvement in this area next season. We are also mindful of the high standards expected from our juniors both on and off the course. The Club allows the junior section an excellent tee time for competitions, and also encourages higher ability juniors to compete in men’s and ladies competitions, and represent the Club in men’s league team matches. I trust our junior members appreciate this is a privilege given to a successful section. Harry Fearn this season reached the final of the men’s Jackson Trophy (scratch knock out competition) – a fine individual performance, and a reflection of the standards our juniors can reach within the adult section.
Finally (!), I would like to congratulate the Junior Captain, Charles Holland, on a successful year “in office”. He has been a credit to himself, his family, and the junior section in how he has conducted matters at the club during the year. I hope he has enjoyed the experience, and continues his membership of Leek Golf Club.
On behalf of the Junior Committee
Captain’s Day for Junior’s - Saturday 21st June 2014
On Saturday, 21st June, the Captain, Dave Gallimore hosted the Captain’s Day for Junior’s. Not only had the Captain provided an excellent range of prizes, he also arranged perfect weather conditions! The junior section played their part, with the highest attendance for a competition this season – 20 players. Free food and prizes are obviously the way forward!!
The Captain greeted the Junior Captain, Charles Holland, and the players on the 1st tee, and witnessed some excellent drives, including the junior players ability to drive down the left and utilise the trees to line up shots to the green – 3 times!
A “beat the Pro” nearest the pin competition on the 11th hole was organised where our new professional, Greg Rogula, gave 2 shots to the competitors. 14 successful juniors were recipients of a sleeve of Titleist balls each, and the Captain has arranged a Par 3 lesson for Greg!
Refreshments provided at the halfway hut were well received by the juniors on a hot day with thanks to Jackie Gallimore and Carol Nixon.
On a day of excellent scoring, one of the highlights was a 2 on the 13th from Jack Fryer off a handicap of 45. This was a nett –1 and 6 points – well done Jack. Harrison Tudor-Jackson also scored a 2 on the 13th
(Nett 1 !) off the white tees – also a great score.
After play had finished, the Captain hosted a meal and presentation attended by all the players. It was also great to see so many parents and relatives at the presentation. Thanks should also go to Pete Nixon, Adrian Holland and Jake Scragg for their help as members of the junior committee.
The scoring in the competition was excellent with 8 players playing under their handicap. The overall winner was Bo Robinson with a score of 42 points. As well as his prize, he is the lucky recipient of a 6 shot handicap reduction! The divisional winners were: Division 1 (1-23) – Josh Smith (38 points); Division 2: Corey Wentworth (41 points)
A full list of prize winners and prizes is listed below. Congratulations to everyone who took part, and a special thank you to the Captain, Dave Gallimore, and his wife Jackie, for making it a special day for the juniors.
The overall winner received a £50 voucher and trophy; Divisional awards: 1st - £40 voucher and trophy; 2nd - £30 voucher; 3rd - £20 voucher. All other prize winners received a sleeve of Titleist golf balls.
Overall winner: Bo Robinson (42 points)
Division 1 (1-23): 1st Josh Smith (38)
2nd Calum Nixon (38)
3rd Harry Fearn (37)
Division 2 (24-45): 1st Corey Wentworth (41)
2nd Tom Willshaw (41)
3rd Leann Nixon (39)
Best Front 9:
Division 1 (1-23): 1st Harrison Tudor-Jackson (20)
Division 2 (24-45): 1st Tom Willshaw (24)
Best Back 9:
Division 1 (1-23): 1st Josh Smith (21)
Division 2 (24-45): 1st Bo Robinson (22)
Nearest the Pin: Divisions 1&2 4th Hole Hayden Dimmick
Division 2 7th Hole Corey Wentworth
Division 1 9th Hole No winner!!
Division 1 (1-23): 1st Harry Fearn
2nd Jake Willshaw
Division 2 (24-45): 1st Tom Willshaw
2nd Leann Nixon
Best Scorecard: Greg Lilley
Best Etiquette: Charles Holland
Most Sporting Player: Dan Sharratt
Captain's Day For Juniors 2013 - The Presentation
If any Juniors would like copies of these photographs please contact Peter Cordon.
Captain's Day For Juniors - Saturday 15th June 2013
Captain’s Day for Juniors was blessed with the rarity of a rain free day. 18 juniors competed for the Captain’s Prize, Divisional Awards, Nearest the Pin, and Putting competition, generously provided by the Captain, Peter Mottram, and supported by the Vice-Captain, Dave Gallimore and Dave’s wife Jackie.
With the course in excellent condition, scoring proved difficult, and any score of 30 points or over was very creditable. There were, however, two exceptions. For most competitions, James Davies’ score of 41 points would be pushing for the winner’s enclosure. His card included a 2 on the 11th and could have been better had it not been for a “blob” on the 14th – but still an excellent performance. However the Junior Section has now upgraded the golfing term “bandit”, to the word “super-bandit”. James Holland recorded an amazing 49 points, including two holes where only 1 point was recorded. The highlight of the round was a sequence of GROSS par scores on ALL the Par 3 holes – 4th, 7th, 9th, 11th, 13th.
The full list of prize winners is listed below, and all should be congratulated. The list of prizes included two additions, organised by the Vice-Captain: 10 holes of golf with the Club Champion, Ian Curley; and a 4BBB match over 10 holes with two members of the Club’s League 1st Team. Hopefully the juniors winning these prizes will gain the benefit if playing with some of the best players in the Club.
The Captain hosted a meal for all competitors, after which he awarded the competition prizes, assisted by junior committee members Alan Tipping and Jake Scragg.
Captain’s Prize: James Holland (49 points)
Division 1 (Handicaps 1-20): Dan Bourne (34) Runner-up: Greg Lilley (34)
Division 2 (Handicaps 21-45): James Davies (41) Runner-up: Charles Holland (35)
10 hole Division: Bo Robinson (20) Runner-up: Jack Fryer (11)
Nearest the Pin (4th ): Luke Brass Nearest the Pin (7th ):Jake Willshaw
Putting Competition: 1st Liam Hancock & 2nd Harry Fearn
Peter Cordon – Junior Organiser
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County Academy Assessment Days
As part of England Golf’s junior development initiative, The Staffordshire County Academy Programme (CAP) looks to identify junior golfers (girls and boys) with potential from across the county and help nurture them to maximise their potential and prepare them for elite development. We have 8 academy centres across the county and the programme is designed to compliment coaching that is already provided at golf clubs and facilities.
We run 2 squads at each venue – the Development Squad is for less experienced younger juniors who may not yet have a handicap but clearly have potential. The Futures Squads include juniors who have been identified as having potential as elite golfers.
We would like to expand our squads in 2013 and will be holding a series of assessment sessions to identify juniors who will be considered for the Academy Programme.
We would ideally like to see all juniors who are currently not part of the academy from the ages 7-17, and would ask you to encourage all juniors within your junior section to attend one of the assessment sessions as listed below.
- Trentham Golf Club – May 19th
- 3 Hammers Golf Complex – May 26th
- Drayton Park Golf Club – June 2nd
Each junior will need to register online through the CGP website - http://www.staffsgolfpartnership.com/
Please feel free to contact me about any aspect of the CAP programme and we very much look forward to meeting the juniors from your club at one of the assessments
Sean Hammill, County Development Officer
Staffordshire County Golf Partnership
Mobile: 07771 794193