Alexandra Rock, a 12 year old from Prague, holed a 15 foot putt on the final green to win the 2016 Stonham Junior Players Championship with a great score of 32 (3 over par). Alex who lives in Prague, is a member of Podebrady Golf Club and amazingly now has a current handicap of nine, had to hole her par putt on the last green to achieve the outright win. In second place was 11 year old Sawyer Osbourn from Lakenheath Golf Club who scored a 33 (4 over par)
This event started at Stonham Barns in 2001 and has been played every year since. A number of previous winners have gone on to become county players and even England internationals. In addition to rewarding the winners one of the main aims of these events is to encourage players of all standards to come along and enjoy playing some golf and it was really great to see some of the players who did not have their best game still smiling and enjoying their golf.
On a fantastically sunny November day there were players ranging from 6 years old (Michael Kirk) to 14 years old (Matthew Albon). There were four age categories. The winner of the Under 8 was Sebastian Kubitzek who scored a 38. The Under 10’s was won by last year’s champion, Charlie Goodridge, which score a 40. The Under 12’s was won by Sawyer Osbourn with a 33 and the Under 15’s was won by the overall winner Alexandra Rock.
This event was played using larger 8’ golf holes and Stonham Barns Golf is actively promoting Big HOLE Golf which was developed by Murray Blair in Australia. The concept is now becoming popular all over the world as a way of getting increased participation into golf – QUICKER ROUNDS – MAKES GOLF FUN – HAVE LESS PUTTS. For more information on Big HOLE Golf kits contact Stonham Barns Golf on 01449 711545 or visit their website pagewww.stonhambarnsgolf.co.uk/big-hole-golf.
Sawyer Osborn, an 11 year old from Lakenheath Golf Club won the Stonham Barns October Junior Golf Tournament with a record best score of 28, that’s one under par. Sawyer is a regular at the Stonham Barns Junior events and this amazing round was 4 shots better than his previous best round.
With the calm conditions a number of players had their best ever rounds. Stonham Barns player and the Under 15 winner, Adam Scott scored a 33, (4 over par), which was 5 shots better that his previous best round! 10 year old Sophie Kubitzek, the Under 10 winner equalled her best score of 32 and her 8 year old brother Sebastian Kubitzek scored his best score of 32. Both of them are members of Bury St Edmunds Golf Club.
This junior golf event was played using larger 8’ golf holes and Stonham Barns Golf is actively promoting Big HOLE Golf which was developed by Murray Blair in Australia. The concept is now becoming popular all over the world as a way of getting increased participation into golf – QUICKER ROUNDS – MAKES GOLF FUN – HAVE LESS PUTTS. For more information on Big HOLE Golf kits contact Stonham Barns Golf on 01449 711545 or visit their website page www.stonhambarnsgolf.co.uk/big-hole-golf.
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
The Stonham Junior Flag Golf Tournament, now in its 15th year proved a great success. This year the event was played using the Big HOLE Golf concept where the hole is 8” in size, almost twice the size of a regular hole. The aim is to make golf fun, speed up play and make putting easier. The juniors loved it and we had plenty of chip ins and hole outs.
In total 18 juniors played from all over the Suffolk and they were blessed with a lovely sunny morning. The Flag Tournament is played over 9 holes and each player has 36 shots to get as far round the course as they can. After playing their 36th shot they put a flag in the ground.
This year 9 year old Charlie Goodridge amazed us all by reaching the 12th fairway having played his first nine holes in level par 29. He was a clear winner in the U10 age category. The Under 8’s was won by Ryan Daley, a 7 year old from Stonham Barns who reached the 8th green. The U12’s was won by Sawyer Osbourn, an 11 year old from Lakenheath reaching the 9th green and the U15’s was won by 13 year old Soloman Westmancott from Stonham Barns who also reached the 9th green.
Stonham Barns Golf is actively promoting Big HOLE Golf which was developed by Murray Blair in Australia. The concept is now becoming popular all over the world as a way of getting increased participation into golf – QUICKER ROUNDS – MAKES GOLF FUN – HAVE LESS PUTTS. For more information on Big HOLE Golf kits contact Stonham Barns Golf on 01449 711545 or visit their website page www.stonhambarnsgolf.co.uk/big-hole-golf.
Stonham Barns Golf organises 8 junior tournaments every year for ages 4-15 with the aim to give juniors the opportunity to play some competitive golf from a young age in a relaxed friendly environment. More details of all Stonham Barns junior events for 2016 can be found on their website www.stonhambarnsgolf.co.uk/junior-tournaments.
See full results at : Stonham Junior Flag Golf Tournament Results
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