A sunny and warm Sunday 22nd April saw Melton Mowbray Golf Club welcome the Shires Junior Golf Tour to the course. This is the first time that a co-sanctioned Junior Open was run for the Leicestershire Golf Union and we were very privileged to welcome 70 players who travelled from Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Beds and Bucks, Cambridgeshire and Staffordshire. This was the first round of the Shires Junior Golf Tour 2018, which was held in conjunction with the L&RGU Order of Merit.
The course was in excellent condition, despite the previous rainfall and the clubhouse was buzzing all day with competitors, organisers, supporters and family members. David Bentley, County Handicap Advisor, was on hand along with other club members and Shires Junior Tour Organiser, Paul Bull to facilitate the event and present the prizes, ensuring a very successful day.
This saw the best gross of the day, a fabulous 71 from 16 year old Corey Neville (Northamptonshire County Golf Club).
1stCallum Powell (Western Terville Golf Club) 34 points
2ndJake Sheridan (Wellingborough Golf Club)
3rdMatthew Goode (Peterborough Golf Club)
Tied 4th Frazer Jones (Lingdale Golf Club) 31 points
Gracie Murray (Kettering Golf Club) posted the best gross score of 82 in th
1st Aidan Rudge (Collingtree Golf Club)
2nd Elise Warden (Northampton Golf Club)
3rd Thomas Freeman (Kingsthorpe Golf Club)
Tied 4th Thomas Dzuiba (Leicestershire Golf Club) 37 points ocb
This was won by 10 year old Jadon Pham (Overstone Golf Club) with a gross 92.
1st Ben Atherton (Kettering Golf Club) 36 points
2nd Kai Williams (The Bedford Golf Club)
3rd Jake Baldwin (Brampton Heath Golf Centre)
Well done to Louis Woodcock of Melton Mowbray who finished in the top ten.
Congratulations to seven year old Bobby Moore who won with a gross 40 over a shortened course.
1st Jack Stockton (Three Hammers Golf Centre) 39 points
2nd Joseph Watts (Hellidon Lakes Golf Club)
3rd Oliver Dzuiba (The Leicestershire Golf Club)
Congratulations to first timer Jessie Sheridan who was a very creditable 7th with 34 points.
The highlight of the day was the hole-in-one on the 16th by Jake Sheridan. This is the fourth hole-in-one in the past four years—a fantastic record for this Junior Tour. The L&RGU Order of Merit event was won by George Toseland (Market Harborough Golf Club) and Louis Woodcock (Melton Mowbray) put up a good performance coming seventh.
Organiser Paul Bull extended his thanks to the Greens Staff for their tireless work in making sure that the course was in such a good condition and to the Melton Mowbray Golf Club as a whole for their warm and comprehensive welcome.
A long but wonderful day was enjoyed by all!