U16s Win the Skevington Trophy

29th July - Felixstowe

Photo Left to Right, Back Sammy Martin, Jacob Jeary, Mason Bernstein, Oli Underhill-Smith, Casey Patterson, Nick Macartney. Front Jamie Fox, Ben Willis, James Tipling and Charlie Green.

The Skevington Trophy was keenly contested at Felixstowe Ferry on the 29th July on an untypically balmy links golf afternoon. Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Essex and Norfolk played eight matches of stroke play over 27 holes on a challenging and demanding course, that proved the perfect venue for the Norfolk County Boys Under 16's to triumph, winning the Bob Bagshaw Team Trophy for the first time. A former President of Rookery Park, when Bob sadly passed away and his family donated the competition to mirror the individual scratch trophy presented by George Skevington of Thorpeness.

Junior Organizer Norman Blanch, Team Managers Nick Macartney and Sammy Martin were proud of the players grit and determination to deliver a prestigious competition and make their mark.

County Boy's Championship

24th July at Richmond Park

Photo L-R Mason Bernstein, Ben Willis, President Chris Taylor, Charlie Woodward, Charlie Green.

The Norfolk County Golf Union Junior Boys Championship was played at Richmond Park on Friday 26th July and it proved a challenging 36 hole event with twenty-two of our finest taking part.

It demanded a positional game plan as well as endurance due to extremely hot playing conditions. Patience won the day and Ben Willis from Swaffham was delighted to defend his Under 18's title as overall Champion for 2019 winning the Frank Brett Cup, posting a score of 150. Ben Terry (Barnham Broom) was runner-up with 152 followed by the Under 18's Handicap Roper Cup winner Charlie Woodward (Barnham Broom) 138 and runner-up Alex Blake (Royal Norwich) 144.

Under 16's Champion Mason Bernstein (King's Lynn) won the Cracknell Shield 159 and Jacob Jeary (Sprowston) 160 was runner -up. Charlie Green (Bawburgh) won the Under 16's Handicap Clarke Cup 141 with Daniel Leggett (Royal Norwich) runner-up 143.

Junior Organiser Norman Blanch and Team Manager Nick Macartney administered proceedings and appreciated the support of Head Greenkeeper Trevor, Catering Manager Katie Williams and Proprietor Simon Jessup. A great opportunity for all involved to further showcase junior county golf.

Norfolk County Boys U14s

Left to right; Alex Blake, Alfie Edgson, Ed Featherstone, Billy Britcher, Daniel Leggett, Ciaran Clarke. Front- Sullivan Goddard, Jamieson Gray, Quin Monaghan.

Norfolk County Boys Under 14's faced tough opposition in their recent tri-match against Suffolk and Cambridgeshire at Halesworth Golf Club with Cambridgeshire winning the day. All players performed and the team included younger boys from the Under 12's squad who held their own against older competitors cultivating their experience for the future.

SE League U16s

Photo left to right Under 18's Manager Sammy Martin (under 18s manager), James Tipling, Cameron Braes, Ed Featherstone, Jamie Fox, Sean Rafferty, Charlie Woodward, Charlie Green, James Black, Nick Macartney (under 16s manager)

NCGU County Boys Under 16's played a very competitive SE League tri-match against Essex and Suffolk at The Warren Golf Club on the 6th July. A tricky venue that demanded sagacious course management when facing narrow fairways and fast greens with Essex winning overall. However, Norfolk took much from the meeting that will further develop and progress the team.

Norfolk County Boys U18s

Orsett Golf Club 3rd July 2019

Photo L-R Ben Willis, Jacob Jeary, Kieran Myatt, Ethan Richmond, Mason Bernstein, Casey Patterson.

Norfolk County Boys Under 18's travelled to Orsett GC on the 3rd July to play the England Golf South Eastern Group County Championship Qualifier, comprising a 6 Man Team 36 Hole Medal. Accompanying them were Hampshire, Bedfordshire, BB&O, Sussex, Surrey, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Kent, Middlesex and Essex. It proved an extremely competitive competition and Kent won overall. It was a first experience for most of our boys and playing alongside England and International players will fortify our development for the future and progress our ambition. NCGU Junior Organizer Norman Blanch and Team Managers Nick Macartney and Sammy Martin were delighted with both individual and team performances.

County Juniors v County Ladies

Warm up game at Royal Norwich

Players and officials left to right; Tracey Williamson, Tiffany Mills, Amy Taylor, Jo Herd, Karen Young, Immy Leeder, Abigail O'Riordan, Sue Heeles, Sammy Martin, David Leggett, Ewan Marshall, Daniel Leggett, Kieran Myatt, Charlie Woodward, Nick Macartney, Sean Rafferty.

The Norfolk Ladies' County 1st team and County Boys, in preparation for forthcoming seasonal fixtures played a competitive warm up game at Royal Norwich GC on Sunday 2nd June, on a serenely hot and sunny summer afternoon.

A competitive match format of Greensomes Foursomes, Myhill scoring, tested all players skill in concert with good companionship, as well as providing an opportunity for our Association and Union to unite and consolidate our shared ethos.

Ladies' County Captain Sue Heeles fielded most of the team that will represent Norfolk at the England Golf East Region County Match Week hosted by Bedfordshire at Aspley Guise later this month. County Boys Under 18 Team Manager Sammy Martin reciprocated with an amalgamation of players and officials that will compete in the SE League and Anglian League.

The halved match was a fair reflection of play and all parties welcomed the generous hospitality of the Ladies', who rewarded the endeavours with afternoon tea.

We wish all our County teams every success throughout 2019.

Norfolk U14s v Suffolk

The future is bright!

Team from left to right; Quinlan Monaghan, Daniel Leggett, Haydon Bradley, Ed Featherstone, Romer Heywood, Luke Johnson Sullivan Goddard Alex Blake, George Veal.

Norfolk Under 14's played at Stowmarket against Suffolk and managed by Nick Macartney. A great effort by our boys who vary in experience and size! However, some excellent individual performances and team spirit. We lost the game but not our enthusiasm and Daniel Leggett captained the team on the day. With our belief, endeavour and passion we have a wealth of talent to cultivate.

The future is looking bright as Romer is 9 years, Quinlan, Haydon and Sullivan are 10, Luke and George are 11 so we've got some youngsters coming through and don't they look smart?

South East League

North Division

NCGU County Boys Under 18's hosted their home SE League North Division tri-match fixture on Saturday 25th May. Competing counties Bedfordshire and Suffolk arrived to play on a beautiful sunny afternoon at Costessey Park GC, that invited all players to employ the erudite skill of shrewd positional course management.

Norfolk won the spoils and restored their momentum after losing away at Dunstable Downs earlier this month and will embark on their final match in Suffolk, with the opportunity to win the regional event. County team managers Norman Blanch, Nick Macartney and Sammy Martin organised the day and are looking towards the showdown finale at Diss GC in July.

Under 18's Boys represented by Ethan Richmond, Ewan Marshall, Kieran Myatt, Sean Rafferty, Jamie Fox, Ben Terry [Captain], Charlie Green, Mason Bernstein

2019 BUT Trophy

The annual match between the Under 18 squads of Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Leicestershire was held at Gt Yarmouth GC. Each County fields a team of ten.

The morning round was foursomes matchplay and the afternoon format was singles matchplay. After some really first class golf displayed by all the competitors it was left to Bedfordshire to claim the victory with Norfolk a close second.

Next years fixture is to be hosted by Leicestershire

County Juniors shine at the Schools Championships

The 2019 Schools Championships was hosted by Eaton Golf Club.

2019 Coaching Initiative

The Norfolk County Golf Union has embarked on an ambitious and exciting
County Boys training programme to prepare for the season ahead. Norman
Blanch, County Junior Secretary has designed a coaching plan in concert
with Norfolk Family Golf Centre professionals Alex Beckett and Lewis
Clarke that focuses on technical skill, distance control, trackman,
practice routines, on course risk and reward management and
physical/psychological mindset towards achieving improved performance.

An overall squad of twenty four boys representing the Under 14's,16's
and 18's are taking part in twenty-one weeks of intensive teaching,
with an aspiration to hone their match play technique, reduce handicaps
and develop keen camaraderie and team spirit.
This will conclude in March allowing the boys time to adopt and impart their scholarship during the summer fixtures.

Under 12's and 14's manager Nick Macartney and recent addition to the management team Sammy Martin are supporting Norman and the programme towards a successful 2019 campaign, that profiles the player, underwrites purposeful practice in tandem with yardage, ball flight and putting control. With injury prevention in mind Pilates has been added to the schedule to further enlighten players towards good posture, flexibility and core stability.

The NCGU are also running four junior academies at Royal Norwich, King's Lynn, Bawburgh and Costessey Park with Sheringham starting one soon. They are specifically targeted towards younger boys trying to gain their first
handicaps and if anyone is interested simply contact your nearest club
to be included.

The Union has invested heavily in our future junior talent and are seeking sponsors to continue the project and would personally like to thank Robert Waugh for his donation, which has funded part of the initiative and Bawburgh Golf Club. Practice matches have been arranged to ready the Under 18's for their first competitive game against Bedfordshire and Leicestershire in the B.U.T Trophy to be played on the 17th March at Great Yarmouth and Caister GC.

The Indoor photo =
L-R Back Lewis Clarke, Alex Beckett, Ethan Richmond, Ollie Underhill-Smith, Jacob Jeary, Joe Crane, Mason Bernstein, Ewan Marshall,
Sammy Martin, Nick Macartney.
L- R Front Charlie Green, James Bennett, Charlie Woodward, Sean Rafferty,
Norman Blanch, James Black, Jamie Fox.
The Outdoor Photo see gallery below =
L-R Back Alex Beckett (coach), James Tipling, Torin Grady, Ben Terry, Lewis Clarke
(coach). Front L-R Cameron Braes, Billy Britcher, Alfie Edgson, Daniel
Leggett, Alex Blake.

More junior coaching sessions.....

Pilates and Play...developing core fitness

A squad 11 of boys attended the first session with instructor Fiona Spencer regarding their flexibility and core strength. The session was full of useful guidance and instruction specifically designed to provide an understanding of this element of development for the young golfers to enhance their enjoyment of the game.
This was followed by 18 holes of golf in some very trying conditions not least of which was the incessant rain. The morale and camaraderie was great and this bodes well for the future of Norfolk Golf.
Junior Squad Managers Sammy Martin and Nick Macartney, supported by Junior Secretary Norman Blanch were in attendance and no doubt also left with some useful knowledge of what is yet another branch of coaching aimed at producing better prepared golfers.

County Junior Golfers Get Together

Twenty- two County Boys representing the Under 14's, 16's and 18's Squads attended a Get Together on an unusually sunny Sunday February afternoon at Royal Norwich GC to consolidate their preparation for the forthcoming campaign.The camaraderie and morale was palpable as they played a format of Scratch Foursomes against each other to further hone their match play edge. NCGU Junior Manager Norman Blanch in concert with team managers Nick Macartney and Sammy Martin were delighted with the boys individual performances, etiquette and competitive play and are confident that they will excel themselves representing Norfolk in the matches ahead. Armed and dangerous with enthusiasm and tenacity all involved are excited about the season ahead.

Junior Coaching ...........

Another Pilates session with Fiona for ongoing development of core strength...

Season opener

The traditional match for the under 18's against the Eaton Myhill and Cullington teams

Norfolk County Golf Union Under 18 Boys played their annual pre season
warm up against the Eaton Myhill and Cullington teams, on a sunny
Spring afternoon at Eaton Golf Club on Sunday 24th March. This tri-
match fixture was extremely competitive and all games counted as the
myhill format demanded full concentration from all foursomes involved.
John Rix and Carl Heywood organized the Myhill and Cullington pairings,
while Junior County Manager Norman Blanch in concert with Nick
Macartney and Sammy Martin reciprocated for Norfolk. Match scores
Norfolk versus Cullington 2 up, Norfolk versus Myhill 12 down and
Cullington versus Myhill 6 down, culminating in an overall result of
Myhill 25 up, Norfolk 16 up and Cullington 15 up. NCGU thank Eaton GC
for their hospitality, warm welcome and good companionship that was
palpable throughout the day.

The Players:
Norfolk Boys - Mason Bernstein, Ewan Marshall, Ethan Richmond,
Jacob Jeary, Kieran Myatt, James Bennett, Sean Rafferty,
Charlie Woodward, Alfie Edgson and James Black

Eaton Myhill Team - George Morris, Jamie Smith, James Ong, Tom Clements, Mark Eglington, Finlay Heywood, Mark Jackson, John Rix,
Neil Harrison and Phil Sayers.

Eaton Cullington Team - Louie Cine, David Bussey, David Woodmansee, Scott Brinkley, Mark Harvey, John Aspland, Carl Heywood, David Rush, Richard Mynott and Alan Rose.
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