Charlie Goodridge from Bury St Edmunds Golf Club has won the 16th East Anglian U12 Junior Golf Championship at Stonham Barns by one shot from Alexandra Rock and Henry Meadows. In a close fought event 9 year old Charlie scored 64 (6 over par) over 18 holes around the Stonham Barns course.
In 2nd place were 12 year old Alexandra Rock from Prague and 10 year old Henry Meadows from Fynn Valley Golf Club, who both score a 65 (7 over par). Alexandra from Podebrady Golf Club in Prague was leading after 9 holes and just missed out with a bogey, bogey finish to her round. Henry was the 2015 champion and made an excellent effort in his bid to retain the title.
In the age categories the Under 12’s was won by Alexandra Rock, the Under 10’s was won by the champion, Charlie Goodridge and the Under 8’s was won 7 year old, Finlay Brock with the help of an excellent birdie 2 on his 17th hole.
There was one Under 6 player, Michael Kirk and well done to him on completing the 18 holes. A special mention to 6 year old, Imogen Potter, who scored her first ever birdie on the par three 16th hole.
This was the first year this event was held using the Big HOLE Golf concept where the holes are 8" instead of the regular holes of 4.25". Stonham Barns was the first course in the UK to convert to this new size of hole. This idea of Big HOLE Golf is to Make Golf More Fun - Have Fewer Putts - Make Golf Quicker and the juniors really enjoyed the larger holes. There were at least four chip ins and some great long putts holed. For more info visit the website www.bigholegolf.com
The East Anglian Under 12 Junior Golf Championship was established by Tony Dobson, the PGA Professional at Stonham Barns and has been played every year since 2001. The event, which was featured on a Channel 4 documentary in 2008, has produced some great champions and given many others the chance to enjoy playing some competitive golf at a young age in a relaxed, friendly environment.
For more information on other junior golf tournaments and junior coaching available at Stonham Barns Golf visit their website www.stonhambarnsgolf.co.uk
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