Junior Captain’s Blog

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!