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.
Well done to 9 year old Charlie Goodridge on winning the 15th playing of the Stonham Barns Junior Golf Players Championship with a great score of 35 (6 over par) on a cold wet day over the 9 hole course at Stonham in the heart op Suffolk. Charlie, from Bury St Edmunds Golf Club, won by four shots over his playing partner 9 year old Henry Meadows from Fynn Valley Golf Club.
This junior golf event has four age categories and well done to the winners who were, Under 15, Layla Farthing (Fynn Valley Golf Club), Under 12 Solomon Westmancott (Stonham Barns Golf Club), Under 10 Charlie Goodridge (Bury St Edmunds Golf Club) and Under 8 Ryan Daley (Stonham Barns Golf Club),
The Stonham Junior Players Championship has been played every year since 2001 and has provided some notable winners, some of whom have gone on to represent England. With eight tournaments each year for ages 4-15 Stonham Barns Golf offers juniors in Suffolk the opportunity to play some competitive golf from a young age in a relaxed friendly environment. More details of all their junior events for 2016 can be found on their website www.stonhambarnsgolf.co.uk.
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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