As the long Summer evenings begin to draw to a close and with the Winter season soon approaching, I have summarised the many highs of another successful season for us a junior section at Gerrards Cross. As a club we feel that it would be beneficial to all juniors and members of the club to start to write and distribute a newsletter highlighting these accomplishments that our juniors have achieved over the Summer of 2019.
Firstly the Winter League competition that runs through the Winter season to ensure our juniors keep up their golf throughout the year ready for when Summer next comes. This year saw a good turnout for most of the competitions that weren’t affected by the typical weather for that time of year. This competition rewards the juniors that attend the most events throughout the year as this contributes to the final standings. This year’s 3rd place was Kabir Hunjan with Josh Waldergrave in 2nd and the winner was the junior captain, Olivia Lee, leading by example with her playing the most competitions out of all juniors.
England Golf Girls Championship
This year Gerrards Cross was selected to host the England Golf Girls Championship for both U14 and U16 age categories. This saw Gerrards Cross test the best golfers across Europe over 3 days of intense competition. We had Grace Rigby-Walden and Olivia Lee flying the flag high for Gerrards Cross as both girls fought valiantly in what was a very strong field. Olivia did remarkably well to make the cut after the 2nd round. It was great to see so many members of the club supporting our junior girls throughout the competition.
Chiltern Junior Golf League
This year saw Gerrards Cross trying to defend their league title from last year’s league victory. The season started very well with victories against Beaconsfield, Hazlemere, The Buckinghamshire and Temple. This left Gerrards Cross top of the table after winning all 4 of our games so far. This early season form faded and due to some availability issues, Gerrards Cross finished the league in 3rd this year only 1 point off top spot. Special mention should go to Josh Waldergrave who came 3rd in the League’s Player of the Year award, winning all 3 of the matches he played this year for Gerrards Cross.
Coming up on Sunday 27th October is the annual Chiltern Junior Golf League Team Trophy, this year hosted at Temple Golf Club. This competition involves each club sending a team of 3 players and the Trophy is awarded to the team with the highest total stableford points score from their 3 players.
On Sunday 1st September, the juniors had their annual Junior Masters competition with the prizegiving for all of the year’s trophy winners. It was a brilliant occasion with most of the juniors turning out to try and get their hands on the last trophy of the year. A list of all Honours Board winners can be found below:
Fundell Cup – Kabir Hunjan
ACJ Memorial – Josh Waldergrave
Roy Castle Cup – Grace Rigby – Walden
Gwen Druce Salver – Grace Rigby-Walden
Grant Cup - Grace Rigby-Walden
Len Pheasant - Kabir Hunjan
Junior Masters - Kabir Hunjan nett
Novice of the year – Josh Waldergrave
Player of the year (John Watts Cup) – Kabir Hunjan
Many congratulations go to our Juniors who have managed to win one of the competitions this year!
Alex Nelson will be taking charge of our Scholarship coaching after the departure of Lewis. The club have decided that it would be beneficial to all involved with the Scholarship section to have a review of how the system operates and discuss any new possible additions to the programme. The club are currently working on the performance criteria for all scholars and this will be used to determine whether you are appropriate for the programme or someone else may be better suited to take advantage of the undoubted benefits the programme offers. The club wants to highlight the importance of playing in as many competitions and matches as possible, looking to help out with ball spotting duties etc and also helping out with Tuesday Club at the start of the 2020 season. There will be more information in due course regarding the Scholarship programme as the club continues to discuss the best way to move the Scholarship programme and our scholars forward.
Good luck to all juniors with golf through the winter,