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2020 Update

Junior News 2020


Well, where do I start?!!!!

I’ll start by giving a big thank you for Mr Martin Smith AKA Smithy, who for many years looked after the junior section here at Bishopswood Golf Club. I’m sure Smithy has many fond and wonderful memories of seeing our brilliant Junior golfers, past and present, improve, grow and become wonderful young people.

I’m sure last year’s Junior league title will be amongst some of his proudest achievements in the game, with the teams’ victory being such a fitting tribute to his dedication and support of the section and a wonderful way to pass the section on, going out on a high!

So, on behalf of the entire Bishopswood Golf Club family, past, present, and future, thank you Smithy.

I would also like to thank Fred Gill, the 2019 Junior Captain for leading the team superbly during his tenure and lifting the league trophy, with such pride alongside his teammates, at the end of a great season.

Early in 2020 we had started making some exciting plans with our new Junior captain Emily Nichols looking forward to leading the team in their defence of their league title. All the arrangements had been put in place, fixtures set up and a well-supported winter training programme for the section meant the kids were all ready to go. Then the entire world was plunged into the Covid-19 pandemic, which has seen unprecedented times not only for the club, but for our entire way of normality.

So, with what felt like for many, entire worlds being turned upside down, golf initially coming to a complete standstill and for everyone’s safety there was only one option for us to take and that was to suspend Junior golf activities.

However, there were some great success for our Junior golfers before lockdown, with County and Country honours being awarded to Louie Walker, Fred Gill, Sam Gill and Gemma Burgess. I’m sure you will join me in wishing them all well with their county level experience and Gemma with her National Squad (England) journey.

As the initial Covid-19 lockdown eased the juniors were ready to get playing again and have put some strong performances in, at Bishopswood, Flynn Darch won the Welcome Back Stableford and a number of Friday 9-hole Stablefords. Jasmine Jeffery and Emily Nichols have put in some solid performances both wining Friday 9-hole stablefords themselves and joining our fabulous ladies’ section for a number of events, both taking home some inter event prizes.

In addition, congratulations to Emily Nichols who, by his own admission, carried Kevin Fleet to their victory in the Mixed Greensomes competition.

We have also seen a great showing by our juniors in the Club main event competitions, with 5 of our Juniors reaching the second round of the Club Championships, with Joshua Shorten taking an 8th place finish in round 1 and then Jasmine Jeffery and Fred Gill taking a 1st and 3rd place finish in round 2.

I have to make special mention of Cody Cater, our youngest junior at just 8 years old who has recently gained his first handicap and I’m delighted to say that Cody has worked very hard to achieve a Handicap of 41. Cody, you should be very proud of that young man, and I’m sure that will quickly reduce as you start to play more.

Away from the club the Juniors have once again continued their success, with Gemma Burgess competing at the very highest Junior level, retaining her Hampshire Girls County Champion (gross winner) title, becoming the 2020 Ladies Club Champion at North Hants GC and a number of top 10 finishes including the U16 Faldo Series and the West of England U16’s.

Not only has Gemma had success at the top of the Junior game but her hard work and determination has been recognised and rewarded at the elite Ladies golf level with Gemma being called up to be a reserve in the Justin Rose Ladies Series. What a great experience for Gemma to stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the world’s best Ladies Golfers, like Inci Memhet, Georgia Hall and Charley Hull to name just a few.

Equally, we saw Louie Walker take 3rd place in the first round of the Hampshire County Junior Championships U14’s (net score) held at Sherfield Oaks, with a fantastic Net 68.

Sadly, we have had so say a fond ‘see you again soon’ to some of our Juniors, who have left to concentrate on their studies, reached an age where they are no longer a Junior, or have moved into a new and exciting part of their lives. To those I say thank you for being a part of it, I hope you enjoyed your time with us and best of luck in your future adventures. Remember, you will always be part of the Bishopswood Golf Club family, so don’t forget to come and see us sometime.

As one Juniors journey with us ends another begins, and since lockdown we have seen 8 new Juniors join our club, I have yet to meet them all due to restrictions and some other commitments, but as we are now starting to get some Junior sessions booked in I hope to meet all of them very soon. So, a big welcome to all of you.

I’d like to say thank you to everyone at the club for supporting and encouraging our Juniors to get out and play in these events, both on and off the course, it’s very much appreciated, without this support and sometimes patience I don’t think we would have such a wonderful, engaged and enthusiastic Junior section.

Remember these are wonderful young people and like us all they are dealing with an immensely difficult time in their lives, so thank you all for being there for them, it’s just one of the things that makes our club such a special place.

Thanks for reading and your continued support of the Junior Section.

Stay safe

Kindest Regards

Roy Darch
Junior Organiser
Bishopswood Golf Club

Junior News July 2019


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


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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