The competition year for the budding Sudbrook Moor Junior Intermediates went out with a flurry of activity, both on and off the golf course.
The season ended with the annual Matchplay of Team Eagles versus Team Albatrosses, with another Eagle win on the event’s silver anniversary. Eagles manager, captain and PGA professional Tim Hutton’s result of 3-1 brought the series running tally to 16-9 to the Eagles.
Results: Eagles won 4&2 (Joseph Ablewhite solo v Alex Doig and Scott Griffiths), Eagles won 1 up (Jasmin Mawson and Blake Smith v Lilliya Greene and Olivia Bradley), Eagles won 2 up (Tom Howes and Mia Mawson v Robert Eldred and Emily Chapman), Albatrosses won 4&2 (Melissa Mawson and Sam Howes v Peter Alipio and Oliver Hands.
After the exciting early morning tradition followed the annual prize, trophy and awards ceremony. Guests of honour were the family of sponsors Sandhill Consultancy Grantham, representing Paul Mason and Simon Carter in their absence, of. Rob Harris, himself a professional golfer, encouraged and praised the throng of juniors present and their parents and families, and then thanked all those who support junior golf, in whatever capacity, and particularly coaches Tim and Ben Hutton.
Rob then presented the medal awards for the year’s achievements. In the category of 13 to 18-year-olds, Robert Eldred received the Sandhill Trophy and the gold medal, with silver going to Sam Howes for reduced handicap attainments, and bronze to brother Tom.
The girls’ 13 to 18 age group was recognised with Jasmin Mawson’s singles performance winning the Sandhill Trophy, along with the Intermediate Trophy, partnered by her Dad, and the gold medal. Sister Mia Mawson received the silver medal and the bronze went to Olivia Bradley.
The Non-Handicap 12 and Under Trophy was shared by brothers Ben and Oliver Stutting. Oliver Hands received the 13 to 18 years Non-Handicap Award.
Blake Smith is already recognised by the county at the age of seven and has returned some stunning scores with granddad Stuart Smith in the monthly pairs events. Blake was presented with the 12 and Under Gold Medal, with nine-year-old Lilliya Greene the silver and Issy Linsley the bronze.
Brothers Jack and Sam Richardson were both recognised in their first season, particularly for Jack’s initial handicap of 45 and Sam’s rookie appearance with father David as partner. In the older age group, Scott Griffiths and Peter Alipio, with initial handicaps of 28, and Emily Chapman. were all presented with recognition prizes.
The Courtesy Cup was won by Melissa Mawson. Eight-year old-sister Jessica was specially recognised with a surprise trophy for playing her very first round of golf on the morning of the presentations.
Joseph Ablewhite had a great year off his 27 handicap, winning the June Junior Gold, The Daily Telegraph Medal Shield and The Tiger Championship.
The annual Belton Woods Golf Club Christmas Turkey Trot took place on the Lakes course in the barmy weather conditions of unseasonal sunshine, high winds and temperatures of 14 degrees.
The competition was made up of teams of four (any combination of yellows/reds) in a stableford format, two from four to score, with all four to score on the ninth and 18th holes. There were additional prizes for nearest the pin on the 11th and 17th.
There were 25 teams competing and so, due the high number of entrants, teams started on both the first and 10th tees to ensure all completed their round in reasonable daylight. It was a tough four hours battle on a well presented and challenging course, with winds gusting over 40mph.
At the end of the competition, it became apparent that there was an unprecedented final twist – four teams coming in with a score of 92 points. The countback ruling came into force and after a nail-biting wait in the 19th Claret Jug, the result was finalised.
Results: 1 D. Richardson, N. Whales, B. Smith, L. Shotliff (turkey), 2 R. Williams, A. Bond, D. Charlton, G. Cooper (beef joint), 3 R. Hughes, J. Harrison, J. Mason, M. Holland (leg of venison); nearest the pins (bottle of port) – 11th J. Todd, 17th J. Harrison.