28 Dec - Burnham Get Together
Our County Juniors enjoyed a real treat at their annual Christmas away day at Burnham and Berrow.
Burnham is always a superb and welcoming venue, particularly during the winter, and the weather was especially kind to us this year.
Glorious sunshine greeted us on our arrival, and it lasted all day as twelve of our most promising Juniors were joined by six 'grown ups' in a best two from three bowmaker competition, played off of full handicaps.
Jack Cope, Chris Wood & Matt Bell
As well as current and former European Tour players Chris Wood and Stuart Little, the boys were supported by Jamie Dick, a former Great Britain & Ireland Boy International now playing on the Europro Tour, Giuseppe Licata, a former Junior County Captain and now a teaching pro at Chipping Sodbury, the current County Captain Andy Rudge, and one of our leading County 1st Team players, Mitch Waite....our thanks go to all of them for their on-going support for our younger players.
We have been running this event for many years now, and it is always an enjoyable occasion for all concerned. Following the event, Stuart said, "In 2003, I was playing in the same winter get together with Chris Wood when he was in the Under 18 squad and it’s great to see how well he’s done; some-one of his stature magnanimously giving back to his grass roots is inspirational. It’s also a great opportunity for our junior squad to see how good you need to be to make it in golf."
As far as the scoring was concerned, the winning three ball was Chris Wood (+4), Matt Bell (Scr) and Jack Cope (+1) who returned an aggregate score of 134. Despite a recent lay off, Chris was quickly into his stride, returning a five under par 66 on his own ball.....the kind of golf you might expect from a current Ryder Cup player. Alongside Matt and Jack, Chris was delighted to receive his winners prize of three golf balls!
As always, our thanks go to everybody who took the time to come down and support the boys. The support that our players receive from parents and officials is second to none, and there is no doubt that it plays a great part in our on-going success.....long may it continue.
The Full Squad, getting ready to go
Max Hitchings, Ryan Prosser and Jamie Dick
Cameron Haines, Andy Rudge and Max Holford
Joshua Phillips, Stuart Little and Adam Blue
Alex Ault, Mitch Waite and William Lewis
Jake Harvey, Giuseppe Licata and Bradley Knapper