Juniors Section

Welcome from John Walsh, Junior Chairman and Kirsten Porte, 2021 Junior Captain (April 2021 to March 2022).

Droitwich Golf Club has nearly 40 junior members aged between 5 and 18 with handicaps ranging from low single figures up to 54. We are proud to have been awarded the England Golf’s “Golf Mark” in 2007. It was successfully renewed in 2011 and was upgraded in 2016. In 2021 we were awards Safe Golf certification by England Golf which is a further upgrade of Golf Mark. “ Safe Golf” provides the basic foundation to the commitment we have in maintaining and improving Junior Golf in a safe environment at the club.

Since January 2015 the club has offered free membership to juniors up to age of 15 who currently have a full or five day parent or grandparent members of the club. From January 2016 this free membership was extended to juniors up to the age of 16.

From the 1st April 2021 the JUNIOR CAPTAIN is Kirsten Porte and the JUNIOR VICE CAPTAIN is Grace Bowen. Kirsten will also be County Girls Vice-Captain for the season ahead.

The Junior Section holds a series of competitions and events throughout the season including monthly Medals and Stapleford (both 18 & 9 hole), Girls Events, Fun Skill Challenges, Match Play Singles & Pairs (HAMPTON SALVER) K.O’s and a JUNIOR DAY (including the JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP held in August).

There are also two major prestigious junior open competitions held every year, THE GIRLS OPEN on Thursday 9th April and THE BOYS OPEN on Thursday 23rd July. These events are very popular and attract a large number of junior golfers from both within the county and elsewhere in the country.

We also have a Junior Team that plays home and away matches in the West Midlands Junior Golf League the BCCS National K.O and other Club matches from March to October.

The Junior Section provides regular group coaching with our PGA Professional Staff at discounted rates for junior members and those juniors wishing to take up the game. Coaching with our professional staff can either be on a group basis or one to one.

We welcome new junior members and those juniors who wish to attend coaching sessions.

If you are interested in joining or coaching please contact our Club General Manager Tom Waldron on 01905 774344 (option 2) or at secretary@droitwichgolfclub.co.uk, the Club PGA Professional Phil Cundy 01905 774344 (option 1) or the Junior Chairman/Organiser John Walsh on 01905 355887 or at johnwalsh62@tiscali.co.uk.

JUNIOR SECTION NEWS - JULY 2021

Kirsten Porte our Junior Captain won the 36 Hole Droitwich Ladies Redwood Trophy held on the 3rd July with gross scores of 81 + 70 = 151 and Lauren Sharp was 2nd with 79 + 80 = 159. Kirsten also won the best net. Kirsten and her Mother Theresa came 2nd in the R & A Coronation Foursomes Area Final held at Droitwich G.C on the 18th July.
The Faldo Series held its England South Girls Championship on the 12-14Th July at Welwyn Garden City and Brocket Hall G.C’s. Lili Rose Hunt shot a closing 68 gross to win the 54 Hole tournament by 3 shots. Her aggregate scores of 70 + 70 + 68 = 210 were a total of 9 under par. Lili Rose won both the U16s and U21s age sections. This is Lili Rose’s first national title won on Nick Faldo’s old course where John Bickerton achieved one of his many amateur successes.
On Saturday 17th July a Junior Medal was played with 4 entrants. Harry Farmer with a net 69 won his first junior competition with Matty Griffiths a close second on net 70. After 4 events in the Order of Merit, Matty Griffiths leads with Harry Pittom 2nd and Harry Farmer 3rd.
Lili Rose and Grace Bowen both participated in the England Girls Open Stroke Play Championship at Malton & Norton, Yorkshire from the 20 – 22nd July. Lili Rose qualified for the final day and eventually finished in 26th position in the U18s and 10th in the U16s with aggregate scores of 77 + 75 + 78 +78 = 308. Unfortunately, Grace with 78 + 81 = 159 did not qualify for the final 36 holes.
The Droitwich Boys Open was held on Thursday 22nd July. There were 28 entrants in the 18 Hole Medal and the 9 Hole Stableford from clubs in Worcestershire, Shropshire, Gloucestershire and Cheshire.
The winner of the gross prize (Simon Carter Memorial Trophy) was our own Tom Blizzard with 71. Winner of the net prize (Droitwich Spa Salver) was Teddy Fee from Gaudet Luce with a net 64. Both boys have qualified for the Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Championship. The winner of the 9 Hole Stableford in a tightly fought contest was Noah Slatter from Brickhampton Court, Gloucestershire with 20 pts.
The Worcestershire & Herefordshire County Girls Championship was held over 36 Holes at Moseley G.C on Friday 23rd July and all four (4) of our Droitwich girls participated. Olivia Williams, Churchill & Blakedown won the title with 71 + 72 = 143 with Lili Rose in 2nd place with 75 + 72 = 147. Grace, Kirsten & Lauren finished in 5th and joint 6th places.
Lili Rose & Grace competed in the England Girls U16’s Open Championship at Morecambe, Lancashire from the 27 – 29th July over 72 Holes of stroke play. The conditions were appalling at times with blustery strong winds and heavy rain showers. Both girls qualified comfortably for the final day (36 Holes).
Final 72 Hole scores were as follows:
Lili Rose 74 + 82 + 77 + 78 = 311 finishing in 10th position.
Grace 81 + 72 + 77 + 82 = 312 finishing in joint 12th position.
Junior Events – August
There is a very busy month ahead with the following local events and some national tournaments where are girls will be competing.
8th Junior Team vs Gaudet Luce (Home)
12th JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
14th Junior Team vs Gaudet Luce (Away)
22nd HARRY BENNETT MEMORIAL TROPHY
29th Junior Team vs Worcester (Home)

John Walsh Junior Chairman 2.8.21

Junior Section News - June 2021

Last Year’s Junior Match Play Singles K.O Final was played on Friday 4th June between Lili Rose Hunt and Sonny Priestley. There was some very high quality golf played during the match. Lili Rose was round in 73 Gross with 4 birdies but eventually lost 5 & 4. Sonny played some outstanding golf and also had 20 shots, which proved too difficult for Lili Rose. Both finalists have reduced their handicaps. Lili Rose has become the first lady/girl to have a scratch handicap at Droitwich G.C.

Following the final an 18 Hole Stableford was played with 6 entrants. The winner was Matty Griffiths with a fine score of 44 pts. Leading scores were as follows:
1st Matty Griffiths 44pts
2nd Finley Sabbato 42 pts
3rd Harry Pittom 42 pts
4th Josh Griffiths 42 pts

The following week on Saturday 12th June another 18 Hole Stableford was played with 6 entrants. Matty Griffiths was once again the winner with 46 pts just pipping Harry Farmer with 45 pts. Sonny Priestley was third with 39 pts.

After 3 events the 18 Hole Order of Merit is led by Matty Griffiths with Harry Pittom & Hayden Sarfo in 2nd and 3rd places.

Three of our junior girls were in the Worcestershire & Herefordshire (W & H) team that contested the Midlands South Region Ladies Championship at Northampton Golf Club from the 21st to the 23rd June. W & H finished 3rd out of 6 counties behind Buckinghamshire & Northamptonshire.

Our junior captain Kirsten Porte was unbeaten during the week winning 3 foursomes and a singles match. Lili Rose Hunt won 2, halved 1 and lost 1 match. Grace came up against some top opponents but managed 1 halved match. A very creditable performance by our 3 girls with 2 making their debut for the county in this prestige event.

The junior match play singles K.O and four ball pairs K.O (HAMPTON SALVER) events are now both underway.


Junior Events in July
Saturday 10th Junior Event – Texas Scramble/3 Hole Strokeplay
Saturday 17th 18 Hole Medal/9 Hole Stableford
Thursday 22nd DROITWICH BOYS OPEN

John Walsh Junior Chairman