Goodwood youngsters fly flag in golf Euro championships

Goodwood's young golfers shone in the European event
Goodwood's young golfers shone in the European event

Golf at Goodwood were well represented at the recent US Kids European Championships in East Lothian, Scotland.

The quartet of Alfie Simpson, 12, Joe Sykes, 11, and Jamie Burchell and Harry Callow, both ten, all Goodwood golfers, were part of the competiton that saw over 600 players from 46 nations come together.

All the boys from Golf At Goodwood did extremely well considering they hadn’t faced a links course before with windy conditions.

Chris McDonnell

In the boys’ 11 category on the Craigielaw course, Sykes finished runner-up with a score of four over par over three rounds. He played some outstanding golf and showed a calm temperament.

The boys’ ten category over the Craigielaw course saw Burchell finish tied 11th and Callow tied 35th. These were fantastic achievements as this was the first time they had entered such a big tournament.

Simpson competed in the boys’ 12 category around The Glen course. The standard for this group was extremely strong with top players competing from the USA, South Africa, Asia and Australia. Simpson had a great start in his first round with a score of two over par but finished tied 55th out of 100.

Simpson had never played in the tournament before.

Golf At Goodwood academy manager and PGA professional Chris McDonnell went to the championships to help the young players prepare and assist during the tournament.

He said: “All the boys from Golf At Goodwood did extremely well considering they hadn’t faced a links course before with windy conditions.

“This type of event certainly gives young players the chance to compete against one another and it was very pleasing to see the Goodwood players finishing in the top half of their age groups.”

BOGNOR GOLF

Bognor ladies have had a hectic few weeks of golfing action.

The weather hasn’t been kind for all events but rain or shine, female members have turned out in great numbers for each competition.

A busy schedule culminated in the Bognor’s lady captain announcing £1,632 was raised for the Snowdrop Trust.

Results: James Creese Stableford: Silver: 1 P Entecott, 2 B Samuels, 3 N Holton, 4 C Tuke; Bronze A: 1 S Sidebotham, 2 M Martin. Bronze B: 1 V Robertson, 2 J Ireland, 3 C du Plessis. Bronze C: 1 A Coupe, 2 V Cole. Winner of the trophy: P Entecott. Stroke Play Championship - Scratch winner: C Court, Scratch runner-up: H Tidy; Handicap winner: N Vincent, 2 T Byrne, 3 W Johnson. Memorial Bowl - Silver: 1 C Tuke, 2 S Southerton, 3 J Salt. Bronze A: 1 Sally Cameron; Bronze B: B Paul; Bronze C: V Cole; Winner of the trophy: C Tuke. Elliot Methuselah - Silver: 1 S Meloy, 2 S Doughty, 3 S Taylor, 4 J Salt.