Junior News 2003
DAILY TELEGRAPH JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2003
Nicole Whitmore played her best golf ever at Aylesbury Park Golf Club on Sunday 13th. July in the B.C.L.G.A. Daily Telegraph Junior qualifying competition - her gross score of 70 (one below the Ladies S.S.S.) took her to the top of the leaderboard of the qualifiers for this year's Daily Telegraph Junior Championship. From the large number of qualifying events played over the summer the nine girls with the best scores, along with the best twelve boys, qualified for the Finals in Sun City, South Africa, which was played over 56 holes during a week in October. Nicole's superb score was good enough for her to qualify, a magnificent achievement as at only 14 she was more than two years younger than most of the other qualifiers.
REPORT OF THE DAILY TELEGRAPH JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
We arrived in Sun City on Friday the 11th. October at about 1 o'clock in the afternoon after an eleven hour overnight flight. It was already really hot compared to England!
The resort itself was absolutely amazing and the scenery was just breathtaking. After meeting the other eight girls, twelve boys, organisers and sponsors on the plane journey, I realised that they were all really nice people. I already knew Harriet Carr because she also lives in Milton Keynes.
On Saturday we had the opportunity to play in a Tri-Nations match against Juniors from South Africa and Zimbabwe. This was played on the Gary Player Course, which is the best Course I have ever played! South Africa won with a small lead over the UK team.
The afternoons were usually spent at "The Valley of Waves" which is a man-made beach with a very powerful wave machine. There were also different slides into the water.
The main competition started on Monday and went through to Wednesday. My caddy was called Joseph and he wore a bib with my name on it. He was very good at reading putts on the sloping greens. I found the Courses were very tough, and the very hot weather and the sometimes very strong wind didn't make it any easier.
On Tuesday night we went on a Bush Safari where we saw loads of different animals in an amazing environment. We even saw a lion eat a wildebeast! We ended the night with a meal typical of an African tribe (Crocodile, snake and owl meat!). An African tribe played music and danced while we ate.
I met some fantastic people who I will keep in touch with. I had the best week of my life and hope that I qualify next year!
Thanks to Nicole for the above Report. While Nicole's scores were a few shots adrift of the leaders she equipped herself very well around the very difficult golf courses. For more information about the competition and for the full Results visit: www.sport.telegraph.co.uk
PORTERS PARK CENTENARY CUp 2003
Well done to Liza Rowles who played in the Porters Park Centenary Cup and had rounds of Gross 75 and 74. These were fantastic scores for a 10 handicapper who will now come down to 7. Liza won the handicap prize.
ENGLISH GIRLS' CHAMPIONSHIPS 2003
The following five Bucks. girls qualified for their age group English Girls' Championships:
SOUTH EAST DIVISION GIRLS' CHAMPIONSHIPS 2003
Nine girls from Bucks. qualified for the South East Division Championships which took place at Old Fold Manor Golf Club on Friday 25th. July. For details and report see "Junior Fixtures 2003".
VICTORIA HARRIS WINS THE ABRAHAM TROPHY 2003
Victoria Harris of Beaconsfield Golf Club qualified to play in the Abraham Trophy 2003.This is an 18 hole strokeplay competition and the player with the lowest Nett score holds the Abraham Trophy for one year. A total of 8 area winners plus 12 more entrants qualified to play in the final at Aldenham Golf Club on Monday 11th. August (the week of the English Girls' Under 15 and Under 13 Championships also at Aldenham G.C.)
Victoria scored a Gross 78. Playing off a handicap of 10, her Nett score of 68 equalled the lowest score and she took the trophy on a countback. Well done!
ENGLISH SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIP 2003
This year the South of England Schools' Championship was held at Royal Norwich Golf Club on Wednesday 28th. May. Two Bucks. girls, Clara Leathers and Nicole Whitmore, qualified for the National Schools' Finals at Trentham Golf Club on Monday 30th. June.
The weather at Trentham was very wet all morning and both Clara and Nicole found it very difficult. In the afternoon both girls were playing really well but due to the conditions the afternoon competition was cut to 9 holes.
Well done to both girls for getting so far. It will be valuable experience for next year when it is hoped that a full team of four from Bucks. will be entered.
THE LADIES COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2003
Clara Leathers and Vicky Hamilton qualified for the knock-out stage of the Ladies County Championships held on 9th - 11th May at Woburn Golf Club, with Clara reaching the semi-finals. For a report on the Championships see the "News" Page and for the full results see the "Championship" Page.