Thursday, February 28, 2013
Fourteen juniors aged from nine to 17 took part in the first National Skills Challenge to be held at East Devon writes Judy Murray.
Split into two groups, Rookie (aged eight -11) and Tour (aged 12 to 18), the juniors moved around a circuit made from the 19th hole (pitching area), the practice putting green, the chipping green and the short practice area by the first tee.
The aim was to score as many points as possible and the skills had names such as eagles’ nest, dead weight, surfs up, bulls eye and wicked, to name but a few – I’ll leave the reader to guess what they were for.
Prizes were awarded to the winner of each skill (putting, chipping, pitching, bunker shots and long game) for both Rookie and Tour, with an overall winner in each age group.
Winner of the Rookie group was Danny Lewis with 21 points, Jon Dobel came second with 20 points and Max Hanford was third with 19 points.
Winner of the Tour group was Sam Corney with 31 points, David Priestner took second with 29 points and third was James Underwood with 28 points
Everyone went away with a chocolate bar and a big smile promising to practice for next time. The next event will be held during the Easter Holidays on April 8 at 2.30pm.
Meanwhile, Sam Corney has achieved a CONGU handicap of 28 and we are looking forward to seeing him in the junior competitions soon.