The NAPGC Junior Championship was again held at Abbey Hill near Milton Keynes with players from as far afield as St Helens, Sheffield and the Home Counties. A smaller entry this year with only 27 players but there was a good mix of golfers with ages ranging from 11 to 18 and handicaps from 0 to 28. With two two girls competing, the competition was run as a mixed medal. This year for the first time there was an extra competition for higher handicap Juniors playing 9 holes off red tees. The weather held fine and with the course in good condition the scoring was good.
The competition was won this year by Charlie Wilkinson, a scratch golfer from Cheshunt who in 2015 won both the NAPGC Men’s Championship and Scratch Championship which were both played at Woodhall Spa. Charlie was 5 over after 9 holes and then blew away the back 9 in 29 shots (6 under par) including a 2 at the 376 yard 18th to record a gross score of 70. There were some excellent nett scores and Edward Moffat of Hainault Forest recorded a net 65 to win the net title.
Charlie Wilkinson wins the sword Easthampstead Juniors and their trophies
In the Team competition Easthampstead ‘B’ won the net prize with a net score of 208 and Abbey Hill were best gross team with a very respectable 243 gross from their 3 players.
The Love Cup was presented by Leaside Golf Club many years ago and this is always presented for some outstanding piece of sporting behaviour or achievement. This year the prize was awarded to James Dunbar-Newman of Easthampstead playing his first ever round off white tees and recording a net 72. The prize for the neatest marked card, the Harbord Pen, went to Ben Lambourne, also of Easthampstead.
The High Handicap competition went very well with good performances all round and was won by Kyle Bennett of Abbey Hill with a 9-hole score of 51 off a 35 handicap. Finlay Cleeter of Abbey Hill won second place on count back from club mate Josh Bodimeade with a net 34 over the 9 holes.
The presentations and speeches were made quite quickly and in plenty of time for everyone to be on their way home by late afternoon. Thanks go to the very efficient team on the desk and on the tee and Brian Cormack, the referee from England Golf out on the course all day. In particular, thanks go to Tom Blick from the Abbey Hill pro-shop for ensuring such a good day.