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Junior Report April 2017

Spring has arrived and the start of the new season at Bishopswood starts now so if you have not re-joined please pester your parents to pay the annual fee which is still less than £100 per annum.
We have 14 junior members at the date of writing this report including many new members which is great.
I very much hope our new members will be attending the coaching we have available every fortnight and that they will try and get their first handicap by submitting scores either over nine or eighteen holes.
Whilst I am away on a 6 week holiday I would like to thank Kevin Fleet for taking over my role as Junior Organiser. Kevin is a Senior County player so we can all learn a lot from him so please try and attend his invites to play 9 holes at various times during the school holiday.
The first junior league match starts shortly and Kevin will be looking to pick a team for the first match. You will need to have a club handicap to be chosen.
It was great to see Jamie Ryan do well at the recent Friday Stableford competition scoring 18 points and winning this event. Well done Jamie………perhaps the coaching is paying off?
Gemma Burgess was still in great form when she came second in a recent Hampshire Junior event at Rowland Castle scoring 33 points at a difficult away course. (for further details see Ladies section report.)
The Junior diary I promised has been designed but I ran out of time before flying to Thailand. I will sort this out on my return

That’s my lot for now so have fun and enjoy!

Koptunka(thank you)

Gemma Burgess

Junior European Open

Greetings from Spain!

Where to start! Well it's been quite an experience to say the least. Gemma has been so fortunate to have this wonderful opportunity to play in the Junior European Open on two fantastic courses, Alcaidesa Links and Alcaidesa Heathland. Gemma has been the youngest competitor to take part and has played against girls with scratch handicaps.

On the first day she set off in horrendous conditions on the Links course with two girls who played off a 9 and 12 handicaps. The game was eventually called off after only completing 11 holes with both the greens and fairways under water! The scores did not count for this day.

The sun came out on the 2nd day but conditions were still very wet! Playing again on the Links course, Gemma played with an 18 year old called Nicola who plays off a 1 handicap. It was a difficult round and she struggled through posting a score of 109 so she wasn't very happy.

Another gorgeous day on the 3rd day although the winds had picked up. Today was played on the Heathland course which consisted of very steep gradients and elevated greens. Gemma played with a 15 year old who plays off scratch Georgia and Rachel , 12 who plays off 9! Gemma had a much better game and ended up scoring 101. Rachel who plays off 9 scored 97 so clearly shows how tough it could be!

We ended the 4th day on a high! Again played on the Heathland course with strong winds. Gemma again played with Nicola and Jeninfer who she played with on day one and day two. She had a super round, parred 4 holes altogether but 3 in a row! Posting an overall score of 95, which would be 2 under with her 25 handicap!

Gemma has not made the cut which will be played on Friday, but she has had an awesome experience meeting people from all over Europe. We are very grateful to Bishopswood for their continuing support and to Steve, who we would like to thank for taking time out in his time on some of the evenings before to help Gemma on the driving range in correcting her swing and building her confidence.

Many thanks once again and we are looking forward to the next year ahead.
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