A group of Middleton Hall juniors had an excellent match against members of the Ladies Section. The juniors with handicaps played a better ball matchplay and the juniors without handicaps played a greensomes with a senior. After a nailbiting 18 holes, the result of the main match was a draw and the greensomes competition was won by Junior George Veal with his partner Graham Scarff. A great learning experience for both sections. Everyone sat down in the clubhouse afterwards for an enjoyable meal.
The recent match between the ladies and the juniors resulted in a draw with two and a half matches going to each team. The teams enjoyed a meal together after the match.
Middleton Hall Golf Club assigns a high priority to the development of junior golf. The aim is to encourage youngsters to become confident on the golf course, obtain a handicap and to play with other members both junior and adult. Emphasis is placed on enjoying the game and having fun.
The Golf Club has worked hard to provide a safe and beginner friendly environment with excellent facilities for both juniors and adults. We have high standards of child protection and duty of care and coaching and playing.
Initially, youngsters without a handicap will be accompanied on the course by the junior organiser and then by CRB checked adults as well as other juniors. Once a youngster becomes confident, they quickly gain a handicap. They are encouraged to enter club junior competitions, which include medals, stablefords, matches against other sections and lots of fun competitions either individually, in pairs or small groups. They can also play against other clubs if they wish. As soon as juniors gain a 45 handicap off the reds they can play in all member competitions. Once boys reach a 28 men’s handicap and girls a 36 red, they can play in all the adult competitions and are encouraged to try opens at other golf clubs. All this helps towards juniors learning the correct etiquette, rules and standards of the game.
Our resident professional provides junior coaching in small groups in 6 week blocks to cover long game, short game, bunkers, putting and rules and etiquette and coaching. He is also available for individual coaching. The superb driving range and other practice facilities are an asset to the junior member to develop their golfing skills. Frequently, juniors at Middleton Hall attain county coaching standard at all age ranges. For more details of our junior programme, contact the pro shop or the office.
What a great effort Lucy, Oliver, Luke, Olivia and Emily made in the Bass trophy. This was a home and away against Royal Norwich. In the end we came 2nd by 1 hole. What a scare for Norwich! Well done to Emily and Olivia who played inthis type of competition for the first time.
Opens and Championships
The entry forms for other golf club opens and championships are appearing in the junior opens folder, or on Golf Empire. Have a look as there are now some for higher handicap juniors including Middleton Hall.
Alternative Bass Trophy
The alternative Bass Trophy is definitely being run by Dereham to include those who have handicaps but need more experience playing other juniors both home and away at other courses. I shall start sorting some home and away dates against the other clubs, which includes Barnham Broom, Royal Norwich and Dereham. I shall hopefully use some of you who have hcps, but don't get chance to play in other matches.
Well done to those who played in the last junior stableford. There were some excellent scores.Coming soon are the matches against the ladies and hopefully Steve and I can sort out a date for a match against the men. In September I shall organise some dates to play our Middleton Challenge
Getting and lowering HANDICAPS
For any junior, playing and practising as often as possible will help to get a hcp, and then to lower your handicaps. Don't forget once you are a member you have access to the course whenever the tee isn't booked and etiquette says if you are going slower than anybody behind you, you must let them through. Once you have a handicap you need to play in 3 qualifying competitions a year to keep it active. Usually, anything you have signed a book to enter, is a qualifying competition, such as Junior Club Champs and junior stablefords.
Once you have progressed to the official hcps of boys off a 28 white and girls off a 36 red, you may enter all the junior Opens, and the schools championship.
Remember David ( Professional) Adam Lewarne and Will Cross (now both finished their courses to fully qualified PGA professionals and Jack Yule (plays off +3) have all been Middleton Hall Juniors. Aim your sights high. They all did.
JUNIOR COACHING AT MIDDLETON HALL
Junior coaching restarted on the 12th May. If you know of anyone who is interested let us know. 6 years old to 17.
As always it will be in small groups in courses of 6 weeks for £30 covering all aspects of the game.
The girls coaching will be starting at the beginning of July and David and I will sort out some dates for coaching for the boys.
MEN'S COMPETITIONS For Junior boys off whites with a Handicap of 28 or less.
You can enter all the men's competitions, partnered by an adult or a junior with a 14 or below handicap. Once you have reached a 14 handicap you can then partner an adult or a junior.
Any junior girl with a 36 handicap can enter all the ladies qualifying competitions and any of the fun competitions if their handicap is higher. You do need to be in a group with adults until you get to a 14 hcp.
All member competitions open to men, ladies and juniors.
Any junior with a hcp can enter all the all members competitions with an adult. You need to sign in the pro shop and a team is found for you.
Getting onto the Course
If you do manage to get out, remember what you have been taught and keep your eyes peeled for flying golfballs and remember to shout FORE very loudly if your ball is going where it shouldn't, but do have fun. Enjoy yourself out on the course.
A group of junior girls from Middleton Hall Golf Club went over to Richmond Park to play in the County Girls Autumn Meeting. 2 of the girls with handicaps played the main 18 hole competition while the juniors without handicaps played a 9 hole greensomes with an adult from their own club. Poppy Beales won the main competition with an excellent 43 points, followed in 2nd place by Lucy Partridge with an equally excellent 39 points. Although the non handicap juniors were not in the prizes, they played well and had an enjoyable day which also provided them with more experience. Poppy can be seen holding the trophy and Lucy Partridge is third from the left.