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Great performances in testing conditions this weekend - back on to summer greens yet four players achieved handicap reductions. Benjamin Wharton won the Gross competition and Joshua Clough the Net competition - both attracted a handicap reduction along with Zachary Clough and Jamie Hunt.
Jamie Hunt still leads the Net competition with Archie Umpleby leading the Gross competition.
The remaining dates are:
January 21st, 28th
February 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
March 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
Our cadets and juniors enjoyed their second presentation event in the clubhouse before Christmas - the weather prevented the planned outdoor activities but a hastily produced quiz from John Barker sent the children hunting for clues around the clubhouse to develop their understanding of the club’s history. Captain Chris Lightfoot presented awards covering skills, attitude and medal performances with Junior member Jack Barker-Sabido and Challenge Tour member George Woolgar giving insights as to what it takes to progress from Junior through County and on to professional ranks. Proceedings were rounded off by an excellent buffet from Neil.
The cadets and juniors are not resting on their laurels - winter coaching is taking place on Thursday nights with Shane and Andy Carnall at Barlborough Links and Sunday morning with Shane at CGC; on top of that we have a new weekly Cadet Order of Merit competition sponsored by Prosperity running through to the end of March and a similar Order of Merit for Juniors with CONGU handicaps between Chesterfield, Matlock and South Chesterfield over the same timeframe.
The cadet competition takes place on Sunday afternoons from 2pm moving out as the daylight stretches out and the CONGU competition sees us sharing hosting duties with the other clubs - keep an eye on the screen in the foyer as this displays all the Junior events and their timings.
We will soon be recruiting new cadets and juniors for 2018 so if you know of anyone interested in joining please contact Mike Barker at [email protected].
We’ve not said who’s in our cadets so here’s a roll call:
Joe Streets, Olivia Streets, Sam Turton, Sam Sheppard, Archie Umpleby, Edward Bonynge, Zachary Clough, Joshua Clough, Olivia Barker-Sabido, Imogen Bownes, Jacob Perkins, Ieuan Hooper, Samuel James, Charlotte Miles, James Miles, Oliver Brown, Faith Unwin, Ben Wharton, Freddie Sanders, Alexander Binks, Oliver May, Thomas Slater and Isaac Reynolds.
July 18th is the end of term awards evening - Captain Chris Lightfoot will present the awards and we also hope that Peter Boardman will be there to present the shirts that he has sponsored through his company, Somersall Finance.
The Cadets are progressing well in the Junior Golf Passport skills and we’ll soon be moving some of the cadets back to the 200 yds markers before introducing Blue Tees on the main course as some cadets are now out-growing the 150 yds. markers.
On the Junior front - we’re hoping to run a Junior Captain's event on either 14th or 15th August to include both Cadet and Junior competitions.
Cadet coaching on Tuesday nights has now finished - we concluded with another look at putting the short game coaching into practice around the practice ground course - some excellent progress was overseen by Shane and we had a few holes in one!! The evening rounded off with a putting competition on the practice green with some more holes in one and, as you can see from the photo, some were reluctant to leave until they had nailed it, despite the gloom and fading light. Thanks were given to Shane for his coaching and to Nick Miles and his team for setting up and maintaining the six hole practice ground course and for the new blue tees on the main course.
A winter coaching programme has been devised, starting in November, where we will be using Barlborough Links driving range and benefitting from the combined professional skills of Shane and Andy Carnall as the cadets focus on their long game. We are convinced that within our current group there are a number of potential future club and county representatives
Nearer to home, on October 8th, we will be hosting South Chesterfield Golf Club. 12 of our cadets will play alongside 12 South Chesterfield cadets in a Texas Scramble competition with a shotgun start at 4pm on the first six holes of the main course - the 1st will be closed from 2.45 to allow everyone to clear the first six holes. At the same time six of our cadets and six from South Chesterfield will play a competition on the practice ground course. Nick Roberts will be in attendance to capture some action shots and also get some team photos with our shirt sponsor, Peter Boardman.
Our first season has gone really well - we targeted 20 cadets in anticipation of a 30% retention rate - we have actually ended the season with 29 cadets [25% are girls, which is great news for the ladies section]. If you know of anyone who would be interested in joining next year’s programme you can email Mike Barker at:
[email protected] with names and contact details.
Finally, we’d like to thank the members of Chesterfield Golf Club for making the cadets feel welcome and for all the positive comments we’ve received over the past few months.