Junior Newsletter for 2014

LUGC Juniors Newsletter 2014

The purpose of this newsletter is to bring you a resume of the LUGC Junior Golf events for 2014. The end of year is a traditional time for looking back and of course forwards. It is also a time to acknowledge all the hard work put in by many people over the last 12 months.
A newsletter should be a fun activity, make everyone feel included and be an informative and convenient way of relaying information especially to those we don’t see as often as we’d like.
The Results
Way back in March we got the season under way with the Boys vs Girls match at Waltham Windmill. This was curtailed by the extreme weather conditions but it was a useful indication of early season form. This was followed in April by the first of the individual competitions the Jennings and Peggotty Trophies at Lincoln Golf Club where Jack Evans claimed the net prize, Rhys Mayers the gross prize and Erin Brown the girl’s prize. May saw the Boys’ Championship being played at Holme Hall which resulted in Sam Done beating Hugo Kedzlie on the first hole of a sudden death play off.
The season continued in July with the Stamford and Molson competition at Greetham Valley where Jake Pacey won a closely fought affair from Sam Blow and Sanjay Nithiyalingham. A few weeks later, in a rain interrupted day, at Belton Park Billy Wright triumphed in the Woodroffe Walter Trophy with Jake Craddock runner up. At the end of August Market Rasen hosted the Les Johnson Trophy with Adam Barnard victorious from runner up Thomas Cooper. The individual competitions draw to a close during a busy October half term week with the Tony Jacklin Challenge at Forest Pines where young William Saville with Lee Day were the winners with Reece Goodyear and Paul Streeter second. This was quickly followed by the Match Play Finals at Carholme with Adam Barnard beating Jake Craddock on the last hole and on the following day the season was brought to its conclusion with the Patrons’ Cups at Blankney where Ryan Trow took the net prize, Hugo Kedzlie the gross prize and Lois Williamson and Charlotte McCracken taking the girls’ prizes. This programme of individual competitions is organised by John Hodge who puts in many hours of voluntary work to make sure that they run without any problems. Many thanks to John for all the work he has done and also for keeping me on the straight and narrow in my first year in office.
Team Results
Apart from the various individual competitions the LUGC select teams which compete in several competitions. First up was the Midland Golf Union Boys Qualifier which was held this year at Greetham Valley. We were perhaps unlucky not to qualify for the next stage of the competition as the team managed to claw back a large first round deficit to miss out by only one shot. Similarly we were also runners up in the Anglian League Qualifier at Cold Ashby. The joint Under 16’s and Under 14’s team were unbeaten in their friendly team match programme and it culminated with the Under 14’s winning the MGU Under 14’s team event at Broughton Heath with a 14 shot margin – a magnificent result. Sadly the Under 16’s couldn't replicate this success in their event at Kedleston Park. The Under 18’s also had a successful league campaign with the title not being decided until the last match of the season at Elsham against a very strong and experienced Nottinghamshire team who ran out 9 – 6 winners on the day to claim the league title.
Little Imps and Beyond
Peter Rogers and Trevor Ireland have continued with the Little Imps sessions, across the county, at six venues on dates during the main golfing season. These are fun competitive sessions for youngsters, boys and girls between 6 and 14, who are just entering the game of golf whether they have a handicap or not.
ALL other junior golfers across the county also have the opportunity to take part – those who register with the county can compete in the individual events. It is from these competitions and club competitions that members are assessed and several are invited to take part in county coaching sessions. It is from these sessions, and all competitive results, that potential county team players are identified. These sessions are vital for forming good team dynamics and bonds between the players for when they compete together as a team. These sessions are lead by experienced county officials and professionals such as John Barley, Rob Kedzlie, Steve Cooper, Stephen Bennett, Paul Spence, Nick Hiom and Tim Hutton. I thank them all for their hard work and support in all they have done for junior golf in Lincolnshire.
The Future
With any age group activity there is, naturally, a progression as the participants get older and golf is no different. Junior golf is also like any other part of golf, at the moment, in that there is some evidence of a reduction in numbers taking part. Therefore in order to maintain a healthy county golf scene it is vital that all juniors are encouraged to register with the LUGC Junior programme and to play in the county competitions. In 2015 they will see an increase in the handicap limit for these events. They will also be in the eye of the selectors when county teams are chosen. Our successes show that the system works – but only if you join.
The registration form will be sent to out to those already registered for renewal and new members can find the form, and the county junior fixture list, on the LUGC web site – under the Juniors’ tab. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate in contacting me – my contact details are also available on the web site.
Keith Moody - LUGC Junior Organiser