The aim of the junior events at Stonham Barns in Suffolk is to give the youngsters a chance to experience competing in friendly junior golf tournaments. Stonham Barns has been running eight junior events every year for the last 15 years and have given thousands of young golfers the chance to develop their golf game.
The October event was won by a regular winner at Stonham, Ryan Turnbull, a 13 yr old member of Cretingham Golf Club, with a very good score of 31 (2 over par). Ryan has won many junior events here and will be defending his Stonham Players Championship title next month. In second place was Adam Scott, a 14 year member of the Stonham Junior Academy, who only started playing golf this year. Adam scored a 38, his best score to date which included his first ever birdie on the 8th hole.
The Under 10 Age Category was won by 9 year old Charlie Goodridge from Bury St Edmunds Golf Club. Left hander Charlie is an excellent player and he stayed calm after a poor start to score a 39.
The Under 8 Age Category was won by 6 year old Imogen Potter with a score of 66. Imogen is a member of the Stonham Barns Junior Academy really loves her golf and has a great attitude.
The Stonham Junior events are open to any juniors from ages 4-15. The last event of the year will be the Stonham Junior Players Championship on Sunday 29th November. More details of all their junior events can be found on their website www.stonhambarnsgolf.co.uk
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Well done to Mark Channell on winning the first Stonham Footgolf Players Championship with a great score of 51 (7 under par). Mark, who is the Diss Town Youth FC Secretary, brought down a group of boys from the club and showed them how it was done. There were four players on 54 (4 under par), Chris Tranter, Darren Wheat, Dan Ferretti (UK Footgolf) and Ian Heydon. Darren and Ian are ranked in the UK’s top 50 players.
The junior event was dominated by the Diss Town Youth FC boys who took eight out of the top ten places. Well done to Daniel Whyman who scored a 65 and won on count back from Jamie Channell who also scored a 65. It was great to see so many juniors playing in this event (15 played) and well done to the youngsters from Ipswich Exiles who were all under 13.
We had two holes in one on the day. Both were on the 10th hole with one from Craig Bolger and the other from junior, Chris Disney.
Footgolf has really taken off at Stonham Barns and the course is now open every day. This year over 5,000 players have played this new exiting sport at Stonham Barns and they are now taking bookings for individuals, groups and even Christmas parties. For more information call Stonham Barns Golf on 01449 711545 or visit www.stonhambarnsgolf.co.uk.
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A 2015 European Tour report has shown golf participation is flourishing in the UK, especially among the younger generation. The Tour's "Golf Active Study" revealed 11m people in the UK are actively engaged in the sport, 1.7m of which are junior golfers.
According to the European Tour, recent golf participation numbers portraying the sport in decline have not reflected the changing face of the game itself. The oft-quoted figure of 3.5m adult "golfers" only takes into account those playing on full-length courses, says the Tour.
Golf - a game in decline or changing for the better?
The body believes the emergence of several shorter formats of the sport are still actively engaging people to take part in golf, many of them juniors. These formats include the driving range (3.1m active users), pitch and putt (2.3m), nine-hole courses (2.2m), putting greens (1.7m), and par-three or short courses (1.2m).
In addition, non-traditional formats have attracted engagement, including adventure or mini-golf (2.7m active users), golf computer games (1.9m), and golf simulators (0.4m). “Our ‘Golf Actives Survey’ suggests our sport is very healthy, participation in it is changing and the younger generation have more options to experience our wonderful game," said Keith Pelley, chief executive of the European Tour. “That doesn’t mean playing 18 holes should not remain the pinnacle of golf: indeed, doing so successfully is the goal to which most will continue to aspire. It simply means that playing 18 holes shouldn’t be the sole yardstick we use to measure participation.”
As many as one in five under-18s is considered to be a "Golf Active" by the European Tour, with adventure golf, pitch and putt and the driving range all more popular forms of the game than a full-length course in that age group. And while golf computer games are played more frequently than any other format, in real terms as many young people are now found at a par-three course, a putting green or a nine-hole course trying to emulate what they have seen on their screens.
This is very interesting reading and shows golf in a different light and maybe the markers by which we calculate the figures need to be reviewed.
Let us know your thoughts? Is it Ok to include these other forms of golf in the figures?
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