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Congratulations to our fab four – Captain Jack Barker-Sabido, George Marsden, Louie Cole and Harvey Sands – and team manager Gary Cole. The lads played some tremendous golf to beat opponents Kedleston by three matches to one at Matlock yesterday. You should all be very proud of yourselves.
Please find a full report below from one of our junior organisers John Barker.
Chesterfield GC Juniors emerged victorious yesterday at a cold but sunny Matlock to register the first Junior League success for the club since 2008.
Opponents were a strong Kedleston Park team who boasted 4 Under 18s county level players. The top match pitted Junior captain, Jack against his county colleague and 2 handicapper, Henry Hayward. Jack was off to a flyer, with 2 birdies in the first 3 holes to go 3 up. Henry never really recovered from this and more superb play from Jack on the back 9 saw him win his match 4 and 3.
Next up was Louie Cole, playing Ben Wain. Louie never looked in trouble on a course where he has had some great matchplay success in the past and he cruised to a 6 and 5 victory , finishing off with a 25 foot birdie putt on the 13th.
These wins made it almost impossible for Kedleston to come back for if it had been 2-2 the result would have been determined by holes won.
The third match saw an in-form Matt Pepper beat Chesterfield’s Harvey Sands by 3 and 2. Matt played well under his handicap, and much though Harvey battled, he couldn’t make any inroads in the match.
The last match was much closer and went to the last hole, but young George Marsden saw off his older opponent, Josh Atkins. George was behind for much of the match, but won 4 holes on the trot in the middle of the round, and held on to win with an excellent par on the last.
The lads were presented by the Junior League organiser, Graham Naylor, the Captain of Matlock, Steve Bradley, and the Chair of Derbyshire Golf, Cynthia Machent. The match was a superb advert for junior golf and was played in a great spirit by all of the players on both teams.
The win caps a great season for the club, that has seen the Junior section grow to 56 players, from beginner to county player, and has seen the club compete successfully in the Golf Sixes, for non-handicappers, the Derbyshire Futures Tour, and the Derbyshire Junior League, as well as organising weekly competitions for all junior players.