Ladies Day For Juniors
Ladies Day for Juniors
This was the inaugural event for the Club's Junior Section and it was made possible due to efforts and the commitment of the Ladies at LGC. The Trophy was won by Zarak Curly (69 gross) with Harry Fearn (71 gross) taking the runner up position.
The subsidiary competition for the younger junior members was won by Millie Salmon with Grace Pennington and Alex Salmon both tying for 2nd place.
Lynn Ball , Lady Captain, not only acted as starter for the competition and caddied for the more junior members, she also provided drinks and cakes at the half way house for all competitors. She went on to say "I really enjoyed walking around and chatting to the little ones and it's amazing to see how far some of them can hit the ball".
"On behalf of all the Juniors I would like to thank everyone involved for making the day a special one and I hope that it becomes a permanent fixture in the golfing calendar." Said Dave Gallimore. (Junior organiser)
Alex Does It In Two!
Nine year old Alex Salmon made his first ever birdie on the par 3 9th hole at Leek Golf Club whilst playing in the Norman Turner Trophy, a competition open to the juniors (including Academy Juniors) at the Club. Dad Ross Salmon, well known cricketer turned golfer said that Alex 'had the biggest smile on his face that I have ever seen on a golf course'. He added that 'it was a testing putt, but he holed it and was thrilled'. It is a family affair as both Mum Liz and sister Millie also play, and it was a very proud family who congratulated Alex's success.
Junior Organiser, Dave Gallimore commented "This is a terrific achievement at such a young age. I am sure that Alex and Millie can become very good players in the future if they continue to practice". Club Professional, Greg Rogula gives regular lessons to the juniors and he was pleased to report that 'The practice is going well, I gave Alex and Millie a lesson yesterday, and it is good to see them gaining the rewards.'
The photograph shows nine year old Alex and his dad Ross Salmon, following Alex's birdie on the 9th hole at Leek Golf Club.
Well Done Alex.
PRESIDENTS DAY FOR JUNIORS SATURDAY 7th JULY 2018
The President Mr David Allen invited all juniors to participate in this annual competition on Saturday 7th July.
The format of the day was a medal with plenty of prizes on offer.
The competition was split into 2 with handicaps of 36 and under playing 18 holes and the newer and academy members playing 9 holes off the blue tees.
The prize presentation took place in the clubhouse after the juniors had enjoyed an excellent meal with the President.
The results were as follows:
Overall winner – (Best Net) Peter Malkin 93 - 25 = 68
Best Gross – Harry Fearn 72
2nd Best Net – Corey Wentworth 86 -13 = 73
3rd Best Net – Bo Robinson 97 – 24 = 73
Nearest the pin 4th (1-23 handicap) – Zarak Curley
Nearest the pin 4th (24 and over handicap) – Peter Malkin
Nearest the pin 7th (1-23 handicap) – Harry Fearn
Blue tees competition
1st - Theo Sigley-Kirtley
2nd – Mille Salmon
A big thank you to the President for his hospitality from the junior section
Leek Golf Club's Jubilee Trophy
The annual Jubilee Trophy was held recently at Leek Golf Club. A serious competition, but with lots of fun.
Nine teams of 3 players took part, with the composition of each team being: one man, one woman and one junior.
The winning team comprised: Isabella Robinson aged 13, Georgina Wilkie and Nick Wittich, with a score of 78 points.
Second were Jake Willshaw aged 16, Lady Captain, Lynne Ball and Captain, John Pennington with a score of 77 points.
And pipped at the post on countback and in third place were: 16 year old Hayden Dimmick, Karen Wilshaw and Adrian Briggs.
CONGRATULATIONS to the winners and thank you to all those who took part.
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