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Bishopswood Juniors Top the League

Junior League Winners 2019

The results are in and yes, Bishopswood are winners of the Hampshire & Berkshire Junior League 2019.
The results showed Bishopswood were consistent performers all year, gaining good points in every event. Under the captaincy of Fred congratulations go to everyone who has played in the league this year and the fantastic support you have given Bishopswood Golf Club.
The final placings were : 1st Bishopswood 40, 2nd Dummer 35, 3rd Hampshire 34, 4th Sandford Springs 29, 5th Hartley Wintney 26, 6th Wokefield Estate 23, and 7th Oak Park 10.
Our girls, Eleanor and Emily were the foundation to this win and battled it out all year for the ‘best girl’ position. Eleanor was pipped to the post by her good friend Emily, by just one point. Both girls played fantastically all year and both should be very proud of themselves.
The boys namely Fred, the Team Captain, along with Sam, Josh, Flynn and Louie worked very hard to contribute to the team score and had a great year. We are expecting them to continue their golfing improvements for the rest of the year and be major players in our league team next season.
Bishopswood are still a very young team and have a lot of development still to go. Their regular coach, Steve, is the key to our progress and the Club’s investment in this area is well justified.

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End of Season Report - November 2019

At the start of the season we had 10 juniors and we end with 12, thanks to Jasmine Jeffery and Joshua Shorten joining this year. We have 7 boys and 5 girls so there is a very good balance which has never been this good at any time in our past.

I believe Girl golf is on the up and something we should continue to promote. I can also assure you the girls have just as much talent as the boys. For example, Gemma Burgess has not only cemented her place in the Hampshire County Team, she is now training in an England squad which is a marvellous achievement and who knows where Gemma will go from here. Our two girl league players, Emily Nichols and Eleanor Walker not only helped us win the Junior League for the first time in over 15 years but were also winners of three of the 7 league matches and scored 51 points each at one league fixture. At the League Award event Emily received a top girl trophy and Eleanor came second, only one point behind.

Our League winning squad also included Flynn Darch who is the only person I know who likes Oak Park and always does well there. We also have Louie Walker a very powerful player at such a young age, plus Fred Gill and his brother Sam all of whom are now in the county training scheme and are developing very quickly. Fred who is 11 years old was our Captain this year and not only led a winning league side, he also finished the year winning the Bishopswood Bogey Competition at +5 and reducing his handicap to 16. I am expecting a spurt of growth next year so beware he is an extremely good player with a great short game.

The secret to their development is Steve Ward and his fortnightly coaching which is great value and is subsidised by 50% by the club via the Junior fund. I am however conscious of the fact this fund is not a bottomless pit so do not be surprised to see various fund raising schemes for the juniors which I know many of you will support.

The Bishopswood experience has also been improved over the last few years as a result of the on-course get togethers organised by Roy Darch and Kevin Fleet. These "get togethers" are so important for the less experienced members and enables them to get accustomed to playing on the course and getting to know each other better. They also learn the rules of golf, get their handicaps allocated, but most importantly have fun.

In summary the Junior Section is in a good place thanks to the team mentioned above, however I am delighted to report that Roy Darch has agreed to take over my role as Junior Organiser. Roy has been so important to the development of this section and because his son plays, has the time needed to take this section to the next level. I am also delighted that he will continue to get the support of Kevin Fleet and of course Steve, so a good team is still in place. I would like to thank them all for the support they have given me in organising this section as well as the support of the juniors themselves who I am very proud of.

Finally, my last advert! Let me remind you that golf is a wonderful sport for young people so please encourage your children or grandchildren to get involved. Remember Steve runs beginner classes all year round!

Cheers

Martin Smith
Junior Organiser


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