The Derbyshire Futures Tour is back for 3 events this summer!
Derbyshire County Golf were delighted to announce that their popular 9-hole junior events for beginner golfers would be going ahead at the end of the summer.
The Futures Tour
The Futures Tour was created to provide boys and girls with the opportunity to advance their golf skills and knowledge of the game through age-appropriate 9-hole competition at a local level.
Our mission is to help children have fun and make friends through learning the game of golf at an early age.
Alongside the age-based competition categories from shortened tees, this year we are piloting the ‘Next Gen Tour’ which will sit alongside the Futures, for juniors with CONGU handicaps who still enjoy playing 9-hole golf.
We will be trialing the idea this year to see how the more defined step up from ‘Futures’ helps the progression of junior golfers in Derbyshire.
The Futures and Next Gen Tours are open to all junior golfers in Derbyshire under the age of 14 (on 01.01.20).
We also run a non-competitive New2Golf category for beginners who are not yet wanting to be part of the main competitions. This is ideal for those young players who have only recently started playing and want to have a go in a more relaxed way.
Derbyshire is very proud to have a team of Young Golf Ambassadors who lead these events. Many are ex-Futures Tour players who have progressed to County Squads and leadership roles to encourage the new players coming through. Thank you very much to Kedleston Park GC, New Mills GC and Alfreton GC for hosting events this year.
Winners, Kedleston Park GC
Below are the winners of our first event at Kedleston on Sunday 30th August:
The Derbyshire Junior Golf Championships took place this summer across four separate events between August and September. Spreading the age groups out enabled social distancing to be managed. It was great to see everyone again after all this time!
Imogen Rafferty (Breadsall Priory) triumphed at Kedleston Park with a gross 76 to win the Girls Championship, also achieving a new Ladies Amateur course record.
Sam Potter (Kedleston Park) was victorious at Ashbourne Golf Club winning the Under 18 Boys Championship. Sam has now won the Derbyshire Boys Champion trophy on 3 consecutive years, the first junior to do so in the history of a Championship dating back to 1954!
Derbyshire Boys Champion – Sam Potter (Kedleston) – 73
U18 Runner-up – Henry Hayward (Kedleston) – 76
U18 Best Nett – Isidore Allen (Cavendish) – 78-8-70
U18 2nd Nett– Louie Cole (Chesterfield) 80-7-73
Under 16s Champion – Taylor Coleman (Breadsall) – 75
Under 16s Runner-up – Harry Dornford (Kedleston) – 77
U16 Best Nett – Quinn Tinkler (Breadsall) 78-5-73
U16 2nd Nett – Tom Weeks (Burton on Trent) 77-4-73
Under 14s Champion – Oliver Neal (Chesterfield) – 78
Under 14s Runner-up – Matthew Edwards (Chevin) – 83
U14 Best Nett – Jack Guy (Breadsall) 83-18-65
U14 2nd Nett – Benjamin Wharton (Chesterfield) 92-24-68
Gerald Turner Shield
Olivia Barker-Sabido of Chesterfield GC scored a 93 – 28 – 65, 8 under the CSS of the day, to record the best nett score across the 4 events and wins the Gerald Turner Shield.
Runner-up was Jack Guy with a nett 65 at Mickleover, 5 under the CSS of 70.
Chesterfield has retained the Duffield Shield with a combined score of 10 under par when adding their best 3 scores together, narrowly beating Breadsall who finished a collective 8 under par. Clubs need at least 3 players to enter for scores to count.
Derbyshire County Golf has also been running a fortnightly Order of Merit this summer call the ‘Quarantine Cup’. Juniors have been submitting their best scores from competitions at their clubs and it has been fantastic to see how well everyone has been getting on this summer, from a distance!