Juniors get their day in the sun at Worksop Golf Club
Fifty youngsters battled it out for the prestigious Stableford and Scratch Trophies, as well as top prizes supplied by event sponsor PING.
Presenting the prizes to the top nine golfers in each competition was Trish Westwood, taking the place of her professional golfer son Lee who was tied up at a corporate golf day.
A pair of local boys took home the trophies and first prizes, after superb scoring on their home course.
In the scratch competition Brad Tomlinson eagled the 15th hole to shoot an impressive level par 72.
Tomlinson squeezed home ahead of Lindrick’s Greg Denton who also shot a 72, thanks to a better back nine.
The stableford winner was Tony Smith, who amassed 40 points off a handicap of 21.
Captain of Worksop Golf Club Keith Hearnshaw was delighted with the ‘quality’ on display.
“You’ve only got to look at the quality of play, there has been some really good scoring and competitions like these let the youngsters play and improve,” he said.
“It gives them the chance to play in a respected competition and it’s still a very popular event.”
“Certainly all the juniors from Worksop look forward to playing it.”
Trish Westwood, who only hours earlier had returned from Muirfield where son Lee finished tied third in The Open Championship, said Monday’s competition was a big part of his efforts to support grassroots golf.
“Lee wanted it to be for the kids under 18, so they have a good competitive event to play in,” she said.
“He’s very interested in junior golf, he has his academies throughout the country and his golf schools here and in Florida.”
“He would have liked to have been here but unfortunately he had to work at a corporate golf day for one of his sponsors.”
Guardian sports editor Graham Smyth expressed his thanks to everyone who made it another successful event.
He said: “On behalf of the Guardian I want to thank all the junior golfers for turning up in numbers to take part once again.”
“I think it says a lot about the reputation of the event that so many took part, even though Lee Westwood was unable to make it – and I think it says a lot about the competitive nature of our local juniors.”
“I’d also like to thank the Westwood family for being such great supporters of the event, and all at Worksop Golf Club for hosting another brilliant day.”