Junior Newsletter – September
The highlight of the month for me was the Junior Captain’s Drive-In on Bank Holiday Monday.
This traditionally welcomes the captain by gathering to watch them drive the first shot off
the tee. I was a bit nervous as this was after the main Bank Holiday Shotgun so there were
plenty of people around – no pressure! I selected a ball from four that were offered and
managed to avoid getting an exploding ball – another traditional trick played on Captains! I
was relieved to hit a good shot and the official ‘measurer’ gave me with the ball afterwards,
with my distance (213 yards) written on it. Jackie also gave me a special memento, which I
was delighted with.
Unfortunately, another highlight scheduled for August had to be postponed. The annual match
against Royal Antwerp Juniors has been a tradition at Moor Park for many years now and is a
highlight of the junior calendar. It is an honour to be selected for the team and an exciting
competition to play in. It is played over three days along the lines of the Ryder Cup (with
fourballs, foursomes and singles on the final day) and is also very special because the venue
alternates between Moor Park and Antwerp giving the selected juniors the opportunity to
travel and play golf at the Royal Antwerp. The competition has been provisionally rescheduled
for November 1st-3rd and although the team for this event are selected by invitation, please do
let Jackie nice know if you are available to play and would like to be considered for selection
([email protected]) as this will help us select the best team possible. Please don’t let having
a higher handicap stop you from putting your name forward; in fourballs and foursomes
high/low handicap combinations can be handy! Also, those who play the home matches have a
better chance of getting picked the following year! We also need families to host our guests
– if you could make room for one (or more) junior for up to three nights please do let Jackie
know (whether playing in the competition or not). It isn’t hard work as the club puts on lots
of entertainment and lunches/dinners so it is really just a bed for the night! It is important
that we return the generous hospitality offered to us when we visit Antwerp and show Moor
Park in its best light.
There were a number of competitions this month, although the unusually hot weather over the
bank holiday put most sensible players off competing! Earlier in the month, Stablefords were
won by Lawrence with 40 points and Toby Benton also with 40 points. I managed second place
in both. The Hertfordshire Stag was held at the end of July, it is an Open competition played
over two rounds. Home player Abhishek came 4th with two rounds of 71 and Rio and Oscar
came joint 8th – great performances amongst a large and really strong field. Another two
round competition was the Autumn Meeting. The results came in after the last newsletter;
Shane Deas was the winner of the Medal in the morning (Rio second) and Jake Passingham was
the winner of the afternoon Stableford (Shane second).
With school starting next week, most of us will be playing less golf, but hopefully we have a
couple more months of decent golfing weather left. I Hope you all got something out of your
golf this summer, whether it was winning a monthly medal or cutting your handicap – or both!