The Junior Prizegiving for the early part of the season took place on Thursday 6th July. It was preceded by our first junior fourball. Despite initial misgivings the event was a great success. We had a large turnout which was enjoyed by even the most reluctant juniors. By the end of the day players knew not only how to mark a fourball card but how much golfing pleasure can be got from playing with a partner. It showed that the race to reduce handicaps is not the only point to golf. Next year’s diary will see some additional team events added to our programme.
We will not neglect our usual strong series of singles events. Thursday’s prizegiving proved how difficult it is to win a Newlands junior event. Scores in excess of 40 points were common. The highlights were a score of 45 points by David Lawley on the 16th June and the three 42 points brought in by Ryan Hughes, Barry MacGabhann and Brian Elliott on a wet Monday night in July.
Despite these great scores the single biggest achievement must be the phenomenal finish by Dylan Hughes on the 26th June. He shot an almost unbelievable 3,3,3 finish. That is Par, Birdie and Eagle on three of the toughest holes in Newlands. It’s doubtful if this has been done by any golfer in Newlands before and it will be a long time before we see it’s like again.
Girl’s golf, under the eye of MP Prendergast, continues to grow and prosper. Lucy Kavanagh made a great start to the year winning three competitions in a row while also being the leading girl in Grange when representing Newlands in the Elm Park Trophy. She’s set the consistency bar very high for all juniors.
Our season continues on Monday with our first dual tee singles competition. Players can chose to play from either the Blue or White tees. A lot of our senior colleagues will await the results of this experiment with great interest.