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Junior Scratch Quadrangular Tournament

As lockdown finished at the end of March, we travelled to Royal Liverpool on the 7th April for the Annual Quadrangular match between ourselves, the hosts, Formby and Wallasey. Normally the event is Singles Scratch Matchplay; however, for this year, it was held as a Scratch Stableford Competition with all scores counting.  This was due to only just exiting lockdown.

As in previous years, we took a strong team, which stood us in good stead on a brutal day with strong cold winds and the occasional rain shower.  Our team put together some good scores, with our Junior Captain, Joe Doolan top scoring with 33 points - an outstanding effort.  Our team scored as follows:

1.       Connor Broadfoot (28pts)

2.       Joe Doolan (33pts)

3.       Jake Whalley-Grundy (29pts)

4.       Joe Webster (24pts)

5.       Jack O’Brien (22pts)

6.       Jack Ling (22pts)

7.       Melissa Ball (26pts)

On the day, many juniors struggled to score more than 20 points, there were some very dispirited figures coming off the course, so our scores in the condition were difficult to match or beat, the final team scores were as follows:

1.       West Lancashire (184pts).

2.       Royal Liverpool (169pts).

3.       Formby (142pts).

4.       Wallasey (133pts).

This was the 5th time in the last 7 years that we have won the trophy and although there was no Presentation after the golf, the team were delighted to hear the news on their way home that we had won once again. It just goes to underline the strength of our Junior Section, with all our players being Single figure golfers. Everyone on the team represented themselves and the club impeccably, with all the golf being played in great spirit despite the weather.

Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions that were in place at the time, we were unable to take a team photograph of the Juniors with the trophy, although Joe Doolan received the trophy and is here at West Lancashire.

Hopefully, we can get the team together next month at the Junior Presentation.

We now move onto 2022 and Formby to try and win the trophy again!

 

 

Southport & District Golf Association Under 18’s League

With Penwortham and Ormskirk both withdrawing from our league as they could not field a team of 5 players, we were left to play Royal Birkdale (Away), who we beat 4 matches to 1, that left us to play Southport & Ainsdale at home, who had also beaten Royal Birkdale to see who won the league.

It was a tense match that finished as a draw, thanks to our Junior Captain, Joe Doolan who halved his match on the 18th, with an excellent birdie 3, getting up and down from the far side of the 10th fairway. Fine margins, but that was enough to take us to the Final at Formby Hall against Hesketh, who had won the other league.

So, on the 31st August, we met a strong Hesketh team, led by our Junior Captain, Joe Doolan, the rest of the team were Jack O’Brien, Ben Barton, Michael Casey and Adam Curd, the match finished with us winning a very tight contest befitting of a final by 3 matches, to 2 with wins by Joe Doolan, Jack O’Brien and Michael Casey. In the last hour most of the matches could have gone either way, however, our big players held their nerve down the last few holes.

All the matches provided great entertainment and were played with great sportsmanship between two very competitive teams. After the golf, an excellent meal and Presentation took place in clubhouse at Formby Hall, this was our first victory in the competition since 2013.

With our Junior Team having won an unprecedented double, we qualified for the North West Champions League Final, which was formed in 2018 for the winners of the SDGA, Wirral and Mid Cheshire Leagues.

 

North West Champions League Final

On Saturday, 9th October ourselves, Eaton (Mid Cheshire) and Royal Liverpool (Wirral) met at Dunham Forest.  Each team consisted of 5 players with the 4 best Stableford scores counting towards the club’s final total. In contrast to the weather, we had to endure at Royal Liverpool, Saturday was mild and still.  These were ideal conditions for good scoring.  Ben Barton and Callum Owens; the latter stepping in at short notice to replace Joe Doolan who was performing Godfather duties at his nephews Christening; both cashed in with excellent performances. Ben Barton put together a 2 under par score of 70, a great effort for this very talented 14-year-old.

The players went out in 3 balls and the quality of golf, the spirit between the players and their sportsmanship was a credit to them all. It was a pleasure to be on the course to watch the golf, I was joined by Peter and Caryl Evans, along with several parents.  Parents and Junior organisers form all Clubs passed comment as to how much they enjoyed the golf on show that afternoon.

All our players scored well:

1.       Jack O’Brien (33pts)

2.       Ben Barton (43pts)

3.       Michael Casey (32pts)

4.       Callum Owens (39pts)

5.       Adam Curd (33pts)

This gave as total of 150pts, this was enough to beat Royal Liverpool (140pts) and Eaton (134pts)

Afterwards, we enjoyed a wonderful meal in the Dunham Forest Clubhouse followed by a Presentation of the trophy to our stand in Captain on the day, Jack O’Brien.

Speeches thanked the organising duo from Cheshire Golf, Graham MacKenzie and Richard Saul, as well as Dunham Forest for an excellent course and hospitality.

It rounded off an excellent summer for our Juniors, with every Junior playing their part and with plenty of memorable golf that will live long in the memory, we should all as a club be proud of how our youngsters have performed on and off the course, the team spirit is exemplary and they have represented our golf club to the highest standard and as the Chairman of the Junior Section, I could not be prouder of them and that goes for the Junior Committee as a whole.

 

Our Juniors have responded in such a positive way to the happy and relaxed environment we as a club offer them and this should not be underestimated in the way that they perform and represent us.

 

Hopefully, with a few new faces as seven of our Juniors have turned 18 this year, 2022 can be an equally successful year.

On a personal note, it has been a pleasure to watch our young golfers perform so well this year, they are an outstanding group of youngsters and their golfing ability stands us, as a club in good stead as they progress through the Junior ranks.