Shires Junior Golf Tour, along with Par + Golf apparel, are the new sponsors of our junior sections, both online and in the magazine too.
Par + Golf information here: https://midlandsgolfer.co.uk/pargolf-junior-apparel/
Shires Junior Golf Tour offers a structured programme where young golfers of all abilities can slot into their relevant categories and compete against like-minded players of similar abilities.
The 18-hole and 9 hole competitions for boys and girls of all standards and ages take place in the English counties of Leicestershire & Rutland, Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire on Sundays throughout the spring, summer and early autumn.
Remaining 2018 Shires Junior Golf Tour dates:
- Sunday 22nd July – Kettering GC Northants
- Sunday 5th August – Pavenham GC Bedfordshire
- Friday 10th August – Kingsthorpe GC Northants (Co Shires and Junior Open )
- Sunday 26th August – Northampton GC Northants ( Team Event )
- Sunday 9th September – Kirby Muxloe GC Leics ( Co Shires and Junior Open )
- Sunday 16th September – Elton Furze GC Cambridgeshire ( Co Shires and Junior Open)
- Grand Final – The Bedford GC (October)
Each Shires Tour event regularly attracts over 100 junior golfers taking part.
It does not matter if the youngster is a boy or a girl, plays off scratch or is new to the game, there are prizes and trophies for the different age/ability groups at the individual events.
Further awards can also be won through the Order of Merit, which runs throughout the season and includes the Order of Merit grand final.
Burton on Trent Golf club comes to the rescue.
With just a few weeks’ notice Burton on Trent GC stepped up to the plate and hosted our 5th event of the season. What a warm welcome we received. From the Professional Gary Stafford to the club Captain Neil Tilley plus the junior organisers and club members, they could not help out enough. Volunteers handed out bottles of water and fruit to keep the players hydrated and energised.
A very warm day saw our 18-hole divisions set off in temperatures suited to the Mediterranean. Scoring was very good on this beautifully laid out golf course which was relayed back to tour organisers by parents as well as the players.
Gold Division best gross went to Matthew Goode of Peterborough Milton Golf Club with a fine 75.
|1st nett||Jake Sheridan – Wellingborough G.c||38 points|
|2nd nett||Ed Keech- Kettering G.c||36 points|
|3rd nett||Cameron Reeves- Overstone G.c||36 points|
Silver division best gross went to the ever-consistent Rutland Waters Junior Oscar Bell with a fine 87.
|1st nett||Connor Tallentire – The Bedford G.c||36 points|
|2nd nett||Elise Warden- Northampton G.c||35 points|
|3rd nett||Elliot Strickland- Northampton G.c||31 points|
Bronze division best gross went to home member Ernie Watson who plays of 21 , Ernie came in with a very commendable 93.
|1st nett||James Attwood- Kettering G.c||37 points|
|2nd nett||Samuel Thomas- Beedles Lake G.c||33 points|
|3rd nett||Jack Meaking- Market Harborough G.c||33 points|
Diamond 9-hole reduced yardage division, Burton on Trent’s Olivia Dixon shone on her home course and came in with a brilliant 47 gross.
|1st nett||Owen Smith- Rushden G.c||36 points|
|2nd nett||Eleanor Hamilton- Northampton G.c||32 points|
|3rd nett||Ethan Reece- Market Harborough G.c||31 points|
Copper Division 9-hole red tees division, newcomer Joseph Watts of Staverton Park scored an excellent 47 gross over the 9 holes from the red ladies tee. Owen has moved up from the Diamond division after three events and has now been awarded his first 18- hole official handicap. Not bad for someone who has only recently taken up the game.
|1st nett||Ollie Walden- Overstone G.c||22 points|
|2nd nett||Krishan Panesar- Kingsthorpe G.c||22 points|
|3rd nett||Jack Stockton- The Three Hammers G.c||21 points|
Beds and County golf club who have hosted Shires Junior Golf Tour events since 2014 never fail to lay on an exceptional day. The course was in top notch condition following the captain’s day at the club the day previous. With Temperatures in the 30’s players stopped of to take on water and ice cream at the superbly run half way house.
Gold Division best gross went to Leighton Buzzards Charlie Coleman with a 76 (40 Points) an outstanding score Charlie in very hot conditions.
|1st nett||Tyler Crosta- Woburn G.c||37 points|
|2nd nett||Izy Edwards- Kirtlington G.c||36 points|
|3rd nett||Matthew Goode-Peterborough Milton||36 points|
Silver Division best gross, Market Harborough’s Alex Rowlatt once again put in a very solid performance and a very good 82 helped Alex climb into 7th place in the Shires Junior Golf Tour Order of Merit with a round in hand.
|1st nett||Austin Cooney- Kettering G.c||42 points|
|2nd nett||Dillon Basi- The Bedford G.c||40 points|
|3rd Nett||Gracie Murray- Kettering G.c||38 points|
Bronze Division best gross, 10-year-old Jadon Pham from Overstone G.c shot a 93 to move up to 5th place in the Shires Order of Merit with one round in hand. An excellent score for the youngster who just keeps getting better as the season progresses. Elizabeth Ball of Drayton Park G.c was making her debut on the tour and lost out on the count back for the best gross but took 1st place in the nett.
|1st nett||Elizabeth Ball- Drayton Park G.c||40 points|
|2nd nett||James Attwood- Kettering G.c||39 points|
|3rd nett||Kai Williams- Beds & County G.c||37 Points|
Diamond Division best gross went to Rushden’s Owen Smith a tremendous 40 left him way ahead of the field and Owen has now been promoted to the Copper division. Well done Owen a great achievement in such a short space of time.
|1st nett||Ethan Reece- Market Harborough G.c||28 points|
|2nd nett||Eleanor Hamilton- Northampton G.c||28 points|
|3rd nett||Olivia Dixon- Burton on Trent G.c||27 points|
Copper Division best gross went to Jack Stockton of Three Hammers with an excellent 56, 7 year old Bobby Moore who has held his own this season after making the huge leap to the Copper division came a close 2nd with a 57 very commendable at such a young age.
|1st nett||Bobby Moore- Thorpewood G.c||17 points|
|2nd nett||Martha Pieterse- Northampton G.c||15 points|
|3rd nett||Krishan Panesar- Kingsthorpe G.c||15 points|
Shires Junior Golf tour would like to thank Burton On Trent G.c and Beds & County G.c for the warm welcome, hospitality and the use of your fine golf courses, We would recommend anyone wishing to test your game to go and visit both of these as you would not be disappointed.