Lee Westwood’s encouragement for young players at his Worksop tournament

Lee Westwood Junior Golf Championship 2017
Lee Westwood Junior Golf Championship 2017

Golfing superstar Lee Westwood sent a special message to young golfers contesting the 20th annual Lee Westwood Junior Golf Championship.

Lee Westwood Junior Golf Championship 2017

Lee Westwood Junior Golf Championship 2017

Westwood, of Worksop, was unable to return for the tournament because he was attending the wedding of fellow golf star Sergio Garcia, but he sent words for the young players through his mum, Trish, who presented the trophies at his home-town course.

Westwood said: “I hope the juniors have a really special day.

“I hope they play well and score well around Worksop Golf Club’s course — the course where I learned to play.

“The Lee Westwood Junior Golf event is really special to me and I can’t believe it is 20 years since it started.

“I know Andy (Oates) has worked well with the juniors and he has some young talent who I hope will achieve their ambitions in the world of golf.”

Prizes were also presented by Worksop GC captain Bill Harrington and Trish Westwood took a replica Ryder Cup for the juniors to have their photographs taken with.

Club secretary/manager Alan Mansbridge said the junior golf day was another success.

The club thanked Ping for sponsoring the event and providing many prizes, together with club professional Kevin Crossland in the pro shop.

There was a record entry with 14 under-18s, 32 under-15s and 15 under-12s.

An extra incentive this year was a prize for the top two boys and leading girl in each age category to play in the Junior Masters final at Close House GC, Northumberland, at the end of September, two days before the European Tour event, the British Masters (hosted by Lee Westwood).

The overall winner will play in the British Masters Pro-Am.

The Lee Westwood Junior Open at Worksop marked the start of the club’s Junior Captain’s week of competitions.

The captain this year is Jedd Pressley and the week will end on Saturday with a prize presentation after his Captain’s Day competition.

Junior organiser Andy Oates is preparing 35 junior golfers at the club and Alan Mansbridge said they hoped they could produce another Lee Westwood from among the group.

Joshua Gill, of Oulton Hall, was the nett champion with a nett score of 67 (86 gross).

Sherwood’s Safi Durrant, who was runner-up, had the best girls’ nett score of 68 (gross 97).

Lewis Harrison, of Birley Wood, was the gross champion with a score of 77 (nett 70) to win the Lee Westwood Trophy, and was third on the nett score.

Other leading scores:

4, Adam Knott, of Bondhay (81, 10, 71, 2nd nett); 5, Nathan Fox, of Oakmere (84, 12, 72, 3rd nett); 6, Will Smith, of Hallamshire (89, 17, 72, 4th nett); 7, Jacob Danks, of Rother Valley (77, 5, 72, 2nd gross); 8, Amelia Wan, of Rufford (89, 17, 72, 2nd nett girls); 9, Joel Gavigan, of Ruddington Grange (83, 9, 74, 5th net); 10, Luca Durrant, of Sherwood (78, 4, 74, 3rd gross); 11, Joshua Ashton, of Kedleston Park (78, 4, 74, 4th gross); 12, Harry Melbourne, of Bondhay (84, 10, 74, 6th nett); 13, George Cordall, of Worksop (81, 7, 74, 7th net); 14, Sam Proctor, of Tankersley (91, 17, 74, 8th net); 15, Emma Mysiuk, of Wheatley (85, 10, 75, 3rd net girls); 16, Tyler Allsopp, of Oakmere (86, 11, 75, 9th net); 17, Lewis Branigan, of Sitwell Park (81, 6, 75, 8th gross); 18, George Taylor, of Sitwell Park (82, 6, 76); 19, Louie Hinchcliffe, of Hallamshire (83, 7, 76); 20, Thomas Baxter, of Sherwood (85, 9, 76); 21, Adam Gunn, of Sandmoor (81, 5, 76); 22, Oliver Neal, of Worksop (89, 13, 76); 23, Reuben Tennant (88, 12, 76); 24, Rhys Leggett, of Gedney Hill (90, 13, 87); 25, Rebecca Oates, of Worksop (95, 18, 77); 26, James Birch, of Worksop (88, 11, 77); 27, Ryan Wright, of Rufford (81, 4, 77); 28, Daniel Lee, of Sandmoor (82, 5, 77); 29, Nathan Newton, of Upton By Chester (81, 4, 77); 30, Thomas Slattery, of Sitwell (91, 4, 77).