Droitwich Golf Club is proud to be staging the 37th Junior Girls Open Competition on Maundy Thursday 29th March 2018.

Junior Girl Golfers from around the country are invited to enter this prestigious event. The competition is open to all ages and stages of Junior Girls’ Golf. Beginners enjoy their first taste of competition over nine holes encouraged by our lady members. More experienced players enter the eighteen hole competition with the winner qualifying for the Daily Telegraph Junior Golf Championship, which could take them towards the final usually played in Portugal.

In 2017 The Daily Telegraph published a full page article relating to the success of the Junior Girls Open at Droitwich. There are only a few opportunities for girls to play in a golf competition exclusively for girls – this is a major attraction for many of those who enter who much prefer this format to the mixed alternative where boys and girls compete together.

www.telegraph.co.uk/junior-golf/johnson-top-of-class

Girls Open Organiser Jo Slade enthused “Last year’s event was a huge success with 56 girls from 32 clubs competing. We are thrilled to be welcoming back our gross winner Sophie Johnson who remained high on the Telegraph leaderboard throughout the season, narrowly missing a slot in the final competition. I know the girls who enter are excited about playing in an event alongside Sophie who has played golf for the Junior England Team.”

The Droitwich Junior Girls Open is an important event in the local calendar as it is the opening event in the Hereford and Worcestershire County Girl’s Order of Merit competition. Anne Solloway, Worcestershire & Hereford Ladies County Golf Association Junior Team Manager commented: “We very much encourage the girls from across the County to enter the Droitwich Open, it is really important for the girls to get an early start to their season and to play with their counterparts from different county regions.”

Worcestershire County player and past Junior County Captain Lucy Walton has been invited to attend the event for the 10th year in a row as the Event Ambassador. Event organiser Jo Slade commented “Lucy has shown such dedication to her Junior Golf career and it is a wonderful achievement to have played in the Junior Girls Open for the past nine years. We wanted to mark Lucy’s 10th consecutive event by inviting her as our Event Ambassador. Sadly, Lucy is no longer a junior so can’t compete, but she is a fabulous role model for girls at every stage of their Junior Golf career. The Lady’s section at Droitwich started this event to give a special opportunity to young players, and Lucy has embraced that sentiment.”

 

Lucy Walton and Sophie Johnson lead the field in the 2017 Droitwich Junior Girls Open

Lucy Walton and Sophie Johnson on the first tee leading the field in the 2017 Droitwich Junior Girls Open. In 2018 Lucy returns as Event Ambassador and Sophie returns to defend her gross win.

With the early Easter dates in 2018, we are aware that for some girls Maundy Thursday falls in term time, the last day before the Easter Holiday. We are hopeful that, where necessary, schools will acknowledge the importance of our Open to the Junior Golfers and will consider Droitwich Golf Club’s Junior Girls Open to be an extension of their education. The feedback from 2017’s event was extremely positive, with all the girls keen to return because of the social and sporting experience gained from a day competing with their peers at a prestigious venue.

The 18 hole competition, open to girls with an active CONGU handicap of 36 or under, is £8.00. The 9 hole competition, where there are no restrictions on entry is £5.00. The entry form can be found on the club website www.droitwichgolfclub.co.uk or via Golf Empire. For further details about the event please contact our event organisers Jo and Janet Slade by email dgcgirlsopen@gmail.com

 

 

 

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