12 year old golfer, Charlie Goodridge, won the East Anglian Under 12 Junior Golf Championship for the third time in four years. Charlie from Bury St Edmunds Golf Club scored an excellent 66 which included a black nine of 31. He has been regular supporter of the junior tournaments at Stonham Barns and it was fitting he won this event as it was the last time he was eligible to play.
In the age categories Tobias Maynard from Southwold Golf Club won the Under 8’s with Will Holmwood in 2nd place. Imogen Potter from Diss Golf Club won the Under 10’s with Michael Kirk in 2nd place and Ben Green from Stonham Barns won the Under 15 Trophy with Joshua Newman in 2nd.
This was the 19th playing of this event which was established in 2001 by Tony Dobson, the PGA Professional at Stonham Barns. 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.
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14 Year Old Alexandra Rock from Czech Republic claimed the Stonham Barns Players Championship Trophy for the third time in as many years. With an excellent score of 32 (3 over par) Alex who lives in Prague and is a member of Podebrady Golf Club became the only person over the 18 years history of the event to achieve three wins.
In the age categories 11 year old Ethan Lewin from Stonham Barns won the Under 12's with his brother Kyran in 2nd place. The Under 10 category was won by Beatrice Meadows from Bury St Edmunds Golf Club with Ted Hopkins in 2nd place.
The Stonham Junior Players Championship in the last of eight tournaments each year and only players that have played in at least one event are invited to play. This junior tournament was first played at Stonham Barns in 2001 and has been played every year since. Over 500 juniors have played in the event over the years with some previous winners going 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, have fun and enjoy playing some competitive golf.
This year the event was played using Big HOLE Golf which uses larger 8 inch golf holes. This 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. Stonham Barns was the first course in the UK to convert to Big Hole Golf and the feedback from all the players has been great. For more information on Big HOLE Golf kits contact 01449 711545 or visit www.stonhambarnsgolf.co.uk/big-hole-golf.
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Golf-mad kids will be mimicking their Ryder Cup heroes as they embark on a golfing treasure hunt challenge over the next few days.
To celebrate the bi-annual Europe-USA golfing competition, junior golfers at Stonham Barns Golf Park are being challenged to participate in 'The Pirates Ryder Cup' and locate four of the competition trophies around the Smugglers Bays Adventure Golf Course and win a selection of treasure prizes.
The Stonham Barns golf centre is the only one in the UK to offer visitors a record eight separate golfing attractions, including footgolf, golfing simulators, darts golf, pirate-themed adventure golf and others, all in one place.
Tony Dobson, the venue's owner, said: 'The golfing world becomes completely preoccupied with the Ryder Cup when it is on and we are no different. We will be rooting for Europe to win the trophy back and urging our youngsters who come along to do the same and find the Ryder Cup around our adventure golf course. 'Come on Europe!'
Stonham Barns Golf Park is based in the heart of Suffolk and open 7 days a week. For more information call them on 01449 711545 or visit their website www.stonhambarnsgolf.co.uk
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