16th Feb, 2020

Droitwich Golf Club holds successful Junior Girls Open

Craig Gibbons 27th Apr, 2017 Updated: 27th Apr, 2017

DROITWICH Golf Club welcomed 54 golfers from 32 clubs to their annual Junior Girls Open.

First to tee off on the day were Sophie Johnson (handicap 1) from Telford Golf Club and Lucy Walton (handicap 2) from The Worcestershire.

With a super quick round of just over three hours, the girls came in with gross scores of 68 and 74 respectively which was to win them first and second gross places.

Third place went to Victoria Turner (handicap 5) from Delamere Forest with 78.

Droitwich Green Keeping team, headed up by Gary Watkins, had worked hard to get the course in fabulous condition for the Open, and the general level of play from all the girls was excellent.

The Junior Girls Open Cup was awarded to Annelie Fidoe (handicap 31) from Gaudet Luce who won the nett competition with 66 ahead on count back from Rosanna Halls (handicap 10) also from Gaudet Luce with 66.

Third place was awarded to Olivia Williams (handicap 22) from Churchill & Blakedown with 67.

A nine hole competition allowed girls without a handicap to compete.

Anabel Crowder from Gaudet Luce won with 42 gross and in second was Millie Gait from Knowle Golf Club with 47 gross.

In the 18 hole competition the best front nine went to Gracie Murray (handicap 25) from Kettering with 35 and the best back nine was awarded to Kacey Haynes from Gaudet Luce (handicap 11) with 32.

Such was the fabulous atmosphere in the club during the day that most of the girls stayed for the prize giving, which took place around 5.30pm.

Droitwich Golf Club captain Jeremy Clarke opened the ceremony and thanked the girls for attending, Jo and Janet Slade for organising the event and the ladies and senior sections for their hard work on the day.

The prizes were awarded to the girls by a very proud Jimmy Gray who, along with his wife Sylvia, had arranged the very first girls open to be held in the UK at Droitwich Golf Club in 1981.

The winners received an Easter egg, a High Street voucher and a discount voucher from prize sponsors Par Plus Golf.

Lady Captain Brenda Binnie said “We were thrilled to welcome so many to our Junior Girls Open at Droitwich.

“It was a pleasure to see so much young talent on the course.

“My congratulations go to all who played and the winners.”

In addition to the golfing awards prizes were given to Lucy and Emma Buckley from Bromsgrove who were the first to enter the Open, to Olivia Dixon from Branston Golf Club who was the youngest competitor at seven years and 6 months old as well as Victoria Turner, Jessica Turner and Imogen Williamson who had travelled the furthest – 92 miles from Delamere Forest Golf Club.

Droitwich Junior Girls Open is also a qualifying event for The Telegraph Vitality Junior Golf Championship.

Sophie Johnson and Annelie Fidoe will appear on the leader board at www.telegraph.co.uk/juniorgolf and may qualify for a place in the next round of the competition.

Also being put forward to The Telegraph is Rosanna Halls (handicap 10) from Gaudet Luce who has the best gross score for an under 14-year-old with 76.

Event Organiser Jo Slade said “It was a privileged to organise this prestigious competition and to see the high standard of golf played.

“All the girls conducted themselves splendidly both on and off the course.

“Droitwich ladies are very proud of our long standing event and we are looking forward to the Junior Girls Open on Maundy Thursday in 2018.”

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