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The LDUGC junior team beat a Halifax and Huddersfield team on Sunday, the match played at Bradley Hall, Halifax. The team won 22-14 with George Hough representing Pontefract for the district. Well done George.
Steve Clancy, our Assistant Professional will be offering fantastic value junior coaching lessons as below, please contact Steve on 01977 – 706806 to book into any of the dates.
The juniors are showing great character this season with narrow defeats in the knockout and league. In the knockout we had a late call off which meant we only went to Wike Ridge with two players. George Hough played exceptionally well to win his match but, needing to win both to progress, Will Wright was eventually worn down by the amount of shots he was giving and lost on the last.
In the league match at home to Sandmoor, Will won handsomely but George lost, having had no warm up he found himself six down after six before a sterling comeback left him nearly claiming a draw. The plaudits go to young debutant Robert Place who was getting six shots from a player who’s handicap is eighteen shots lower. Robert was convinced he would lose every hole but went one up at the first, carded his first ever gross birdie on nine before losing on the fifteenth. Well done Robert.
The juniors started the year with a 6-0 home defeat to an excellent Barnsley team, who had their only three junior members available.The team is very much in transition this year and is about building for the future. We do have a fair number of junior members, but in the main they are novices, yet to get a handicap and not ready to play for the team, where the maximum handicap anyone can play off is is 21. I only have two junior members under 21 handicap. With such a small squad things did not help when injury and school commitments accounted for three of my better players. To put things into context, Mid Yorkshire, Normanton, Waterton Park and quite a few others don’t run a junior team due to lack of numbers. Captain Will Wright, who has given years of sterling service to the junior cause, lost on the 17th to a player their junior organiser admitted had the ’round of his life’. My two novices, Annie Skidmore and Rae Boothroyd stepped up to the plate and played really well. They were never going to be competitive in their matches due to handicap restrictions, but I have seen enough junior golfers swings in my time to know that these two young ladies will be very low handicappers in years to come. Anyone who has a child/grandchild who might be interested in having a go, I fully recommend joining Assistant Pro Steve Clancy’s junior academy, which is thriving and gives great hope for a bright future. Steve Hough – Junior organiser.
Are you happy to support the junior section? If so, a ‘football card’ is now available behind the bar throughout the season. Just choose a team for £1 and win £20 if your selected team is behind the hidden panel. The panel will be revealed after all 40 teams have been purchased per card, with the balance of £20 donated to the junior section.
In addition, tickets (£5 each) are now available behind the bar to win your very own car parking space for 1 year. Peter Lawrie, last years winner found this to be very convenient, especially in the summer. The draw will take place at the Captain’s ‘Drive In’ on Sunday 3rd April.
Thank you on behalf of the juniors’.
Past Captains’, Members and Guests were welcomed by our outgoing Club Captain Chris Peace to the inauguration ceremony of our incoming Club Captain, Dr Martin Johnson on Saturday 12th December. Our outgoing Ladies Captain, Kath Johnson then welcomed our 2016 Ladies Captain, Ruth Storey.
Photos – Left to right
Club Captain Dr Martin Johnson -Ladies Vice-Captain, Jill Rowett with Ladies Captain Ruth Storey- Club Vice-Captain, Tony Cook -Seniors Outgoing Captain, Alf Taylor- Incoming Senior Captain, David Hartas – Seniors Vice-Captain, Carl Moseley -Rabbits Outgoing Captain, Stuart Charlesworth – Incoming Rabbits Captain, Jim Roberts -Rabbits Vice-Captain, John Atha- Tigers outgoing Captain, Simon Coumbe – Incoming Tigers Captain, Andy Johnson – Outgoing Junior Captain, Matthew Beadle, Incoming Junior Vice-Captain, George Hough (Incoming Junior Captain, Will Wright gave apologies).
We wish Mr Captain and everyone a memorable golfing year ahead.
Steve Clancy will be conducting a ‘free junior coaching’ taster session at Pontefract Squash Club on Saturday 17th October, between 945am and 1115am. Contact Steve on 01977 706806 if you have any children, grandchildren who would like to attend. In addition Steve is now coaching local children every Saturday here at the Club, only £5 per session. See below for further details.
Congratulations to George Hough on winning the Bagley Cup on countback from Will Wright, with a score of 38 points.
The juniors ended their league campaign with an excellent 4-2 victory over Mid Yorkshire.Will Watts and Steven Motley, our apprentice greenkeepers played for the opposition with Will beating Tom Hough on the last in a top quality game with both players playing below their handicap. The ever reliable Will Wright beat Steven on the seventeenth and Captain Mattie Beedle returned to the fold to keep his 100% record.We are awaiting a result from a match which was not played due to the weather before we can be confirmed in second place. Well done to everyone who represented the team this year and a special thanks to those who are in their final year as junior, you have been a pleasure to deal with. Tom and Will have been ever present with the LDUGC junior team who have won the league, well done boys. Steve Hough. junior organiser.
It’s a busy time in the world of junior golf with the team unfortunately losing 6-0 to Roundhay away who are confirmed as champions.We always get a friendly reception off the course at Roundhay but on their own course they have mid-teen handicapped players playing to low single figures and are nearly impossible to beat. On the plus side George Hough only lost narrowly and his matchplay skills are coming on leaps and bounds as we look to the future.The final league match is away at Mid Yorkshire on Tuesday with the team one point ahead of Moortown in second.
LDUGC junior championship – It has been frustrating that in the last few years our juniors have been unable to make any sort of a mark on the junior district showpiece event. However all that changed this year as Tom Hough came second in the individual gross, and Will Wright came third. This is no mean feat against the cream of the districts junior talent. Tom was three under gross and seemingly had the title won before a torrential downpour saw him get a triple and a double in the last few holes, whilst Will had an eagle in his impressive round.. These results meant both were well seeded as the top sixteen players competed for the matchplay crown. Both players won their last sixteen matches against very good opponents and were heading for a semi final against each other as Tom blew his opponent away in the quarters with a birdie blitz and an eagle. With Will two up and three to play in his match it all looked good but a lipped out putt cost him as he lost on the second extra hole. It was all smiles for Tom as he won 3 and 2 in the semi and goes on to play in the final probably on the 30th august. It was a very composed and impressive performance from Tom and as he is also leading the district order of merit it is becoming a wonderful end to his junior career. Will has another year and will be the man to beat next year. Steve Hough, junior organiser.
The junior team lost 4-2 at home to Moortown on Tuesday evening, putting a dent in their title aspirations. It is bread and water rations for the Hough brothers as both went down in tight matches, with Toms opponent playing particularly well. It was left to Will Wright to keep his nerve and salvage a win on the last hole against an opponent who refused to accept defeat.This week the top two teams play, as we travel to league leaders, and low handicappers graveyard, Roundhay. All the best boys in the quest for back to back promotions. On another note, Will and Thomas have represented the Leeds and District junior team with great success all year, and in the last match Tom had the honour of being Captain. These two boys are tremendous golfers and represent the Club in a manner we can be proud of. Well done boys. Steve Hough, junior organiser.
The juniors managed a fantastic 6-0 home victory against a youthful but talented Sandmoor team.Thomas Hough and Will Wright both gave seven shots away but showed their class to both win 2 & 1 with against opponents who battled on right to the end. The highlight of the evening was George Hough who battled back from three down to sink a twelve feet putt on the last to record his first victory for the junior team. After playing badly last week, the smile on George’s face this week was a picture. The great result was tempered by the fact that our closest rivals and league leaders Roundhay won 6-0 away at Moortown to maintain their two point lead with three matches to go. Steve Hough, junior organiser.
The juniors stayed right in the promotion mix with a creditable 3-3 draw away at Waterton Park. Tom Hough birdied the last to halve his match against a talented young lady who very rarely gets beat especially at home where the receiving of a courtesy shot and playing off red tees is a significant advantage. Will Wright continued his excellent form to record a comfortable victory but George Hough came away very disappointed with his performance to lose on debut. In all my time as junior organiser I have never had a player win his first match and I am sure next time he will be more settled and play much better. Steve Hough, junior organiser.
The juniors had a very successful Championship weekend with Will Wright confirming his outstanding talent with a comfortable victory.It looked like been a ding dong battle between Will and Tom but Tom struggled with his game all weekend and faded badly. In the Nett competition our junior Captain, Matty Beadle played two consistent rounds to beat young George Hough, whose game fell apart late on to relinquish a comfortable looking lead, all good experience !!Well done to all involved. Steve Hough, junior organiser.
Club Champion – Ryan Armitage 73-73= 146 – 2nd Simon Coumbe 76-75= 151 – 3rd Andy Johnson 75-79=154
Ladies Championship – Chantelle Shaw – Runner up – Helen Roe
Junior Championship – Will Wright 79-78= 157 – Runner up – Tom Hough 80-84 = 164
Club Championship 36 hole nett– Ian Winterburn 71-68 =139 – 2nd Ron Scott 69-71 = 140 – 3rd Keith Mitchell – 70-77= 147
Tigers Championship – 1st Mark Ripley -68 2nd Andy Johnson -69 (Countback) – 3rd Ron Scott-69
Rabbits Championship – 1st Les Power – 65 2nd Malcolm Roberts-70 3rd Ernie Firth -71
Ladies Championship 36 hole nett – 1st Lynne Copley 71-77= 148
Ladies 18 hole – 1st Lynne Peace -70
The junior team went down to a disappointing home defeat against perennial tough nett opponents Roundhay. It was my aim to match their high handicaps with our own higher handicapped players, but unavailability meant selecting the regulars with Tom Hough giving away eleven and Will Wright ten. Tom did rise to the occasion to play his best golf for a while to record a comfortable 5 & 4 victory. Will, fresh from some terrific performances for the scratch team, played well without much luck and against a very able opponent, lost on the seventeenth. Last out was Billy Williscroft who looked in control for much of the match only to record his first defeat of the season as his opponent finished strongly. Billy is coming on leaps and bounds but a recent five shot drop in his handicap has made life tougher. He still played very well. The highlight of the night was the debut as reserve of Rae Boothroyd. The lack of junior ladies coming through has been a frustration to everyone involved and Rae did very well first time out. Watch out ladies section is all I can say, a lovely swing and a good temperament marks her out as a future star. Steve Hough -junior organiser
On Friday the club hosted its first junior open with an excellent turn out of almost thirty entrants, including three girl entries, which was nice to see, and from all over Yorkshire. The weather was pretty miserable before improving after the first hour of play, so it was credit to the players (and parents) for all turning up. I am pleased to report that the two main prizes, best gross and best nett were won by Pontefract juniors. Thomas Hough made 3’s on the last five holes to come in with a tremendous gross 71 which won the competition by an impressive seven shots. Jak Cavanagh from Moortown came second and Todd Hughes from Mid Yorkshire third. This result backs up Tom winning the Selby junior open earlier in the week and leaves him ahead in the Leeds and District order of merit. The nett prize was won by Billy Williscroft, who backed up his fine start to the season with a nett 67. Oscar Land from Moor Allerton was second with a 68 and Jamie Dunion from Oulton Hall was third with a 68. The longest drive prize was won by Alex Hellewell from Waterton Park and closest to the pin was Cameron Spurr from Low Laithes. Best of the girls was Adriana Garcia-Martin with a nett 74. Thank you to Mr Captain, Chris Peace for making the presentations afterwards, with many staying behind. The whole day was a success with plenty of admiring comments from parents and players about the club and the course. It would be nice to build on this day in the future and if anyone would like to be a sponsor we could get the prize fund up and work more on advertising to grow the event and make it a special day in the club calendar. Anyone interested please contact myself or Malcolm in the office. Steve Hough- Junior organiser. JuniorOpen Scores
The junior team pulled off a tremendous 4-2 victory at Sandmoor to erase the disappointing first round defeat. To give lots of shots away on a strange course means you have to bring your ‘A’ game and both Will Wright and Tom Hough did this.Will won comfortably giving away twelve but Tom lost on the last giving away thirteen. In the final match Billy Williscroft went into a commanding five hole lead before sportingly making a game of it to win on the seventeenth.A great performance from the boys who play Moortown away next week. Stephen Hough, junior organiser.
Congratulations to Dom Richardson on winning the above junior major, despite a poor turnout of only 3 players.
The juniors were beaten away at Outlane in the British Legion competition.The boys performed fantastically well but against high handicap players, playing to low single figures on there own track, it was mission impossible. Tom Hough played to two under gross as he and brother George halved their match on the last.The next pair of Dom Richardson and Jamie Wilson played the front nine to one under gross to find themselves seven down as their twenty four handicapper dropped only one shot gross.The match was played in a great spirit and we received excellent hospitality afterwards. This Tuesday is the first league match of the season with Will Wright, Dom Richardson and Mattie Beedle in the team at home to Waterton Park. Spectators are welcome. Finally good luck to Tom, who, this week is Captaining a college team in the British schools and college finals on the Dukes course at St. Andrews. Steve Hough, junior organiser.
The juniors lost their knockout match at South Leeds as the perennial problem of giving shots away at an away venue cost the team. Tom Hough continued his good start to the season with a win despite giving away nine shots. However, giving away eleven proved too much for Will Wright against an opponent whose putter was red hot. Billy Williscroft gave away four shots and battled manfully, but was not quite able to take the few opportunities given to him and lost on the seventeenth. A four two loss away from home in league terms is a good result but unfortunately not in knockout . However when it is full difference in handicap and away from home it is difficult. Stephen Hough junior organiser
It has been a hectic start to the season for the juniors. We had our traditional get together on Good Friday with assistant pro Steve giving a coaching session to the younger members followed by a session unplugging balls on the driving range. The boys then had a bacon sandwich in the club before playing a round. Tom Hough and Will Wright both represented the district in a fantastic victory against traditional top side from South Yorkshire at Garforth. Tom and Will lost their foursomes narrowly in the morning before winning both their singles matches in the afternoon.Both were playing lower handicappers off scratch and showed great composure to get over the line. Last Friday the juniors played thier first major, although it was a top eight to qualify, George Hough qualified first followed by Billy Williscroft. On Thursday it was the district team championships at Normanton. It was disappointingly organised when Wakefield area were back at school so a full strength team could not be entered. However, although the team of Tom ,George and Will Armitage was not challenging for team honours, Tom continued his good form to shoot the third lowest gross on the day. This year looks very promising for the junior team with league and cup fixtures up and coming. Anyone interested in joining the Club, remember membership is available between ages 10-18 for £58. Contact Malcolm in the office on 01977 792241. Steve Hough, junior organiser.
I attach the Draw for starting times at the Junior Team Championship next Thursday at Normanton Golf Club. A copy is also available from the ldugc.co.uk website. It would be a great help if all players and Junior Organisers could report to the Competition Desk at least 15 mins before your first players start time to register all three players and obtain cards. If you have any changes to team members please contact me not David Johnston as I will be running the event on the day. John E Grimbleby Honorary Secretary Leeds & District Golf Union
Congratulations to Tom Hough on being selected for the LDUGC junior team vs. Sheffield at Garforth Golf Club on 9th April. Will Wright just missed out on this occasion but is very highly regarded by the District and is very much part of the squad.
We wish Tom well in the match and to all our other juniors in the season ahead.
Please see the pdf file below reference our junior coaching programme for 2015.
These are proving extremely popular and Steve our Assistant Professional is doing a fine job with his coaching ability.
Please call our Pro Shop on 01977 – 706806 for further details.
A reminder, entries can be made into the above competitions from tomorrow (Monday 2nd March) in the Pro Shop.
Tom Hough competed last week in the junior European Open in Andalusia, Spain. Tom was disappointed with his scores as he took time to come to terms with the pace of the greens and despite a vast improvement as the week went on he could only finish half way down the field. There was no need for disappointment however as he was competing in a very high quality field of over sixty entrants, many who were relative veterans of such tournaments. The experience he gained in the idyllic surroundings of the Alcaidesa Golf Club will I am sure stand him in good stead for the future. Tom conducted himself fantastically well, even when things were going against him (which was not always the case with other competitors) and was a credit to Pontefract and District Golf Club. He was particularly pleased that he did not lose one ball in five rounds! A reminder to all junior golfers, we have arranged to play the junior Open here at the Club on Friday 29th May 2015. I ask all our junior members of the Club to make your entries on line as soon as possible, this will hopefully encourage visitors from other clubs to do the same, entry fee is only £10, with an excellent prize fund. Stephen Hough, junior organiser.
Members and guests enjoyed a pleasant evening in the Clubhouse on Saturday at the Captain’s Inauguration. The outgoing Captain, Andy Wiltshire summarised his year before introducing our 2015 Club Captain, Chris Peace. Chris told the audience he was looking forward to his new ambassadorial role and hoped to build on the Club’s traditions, as well as helping to guide it through the pathway to incorporation. Next Anne Cox, outgoing Ladies Captain introduced our 2015 Ladies Captain, Kath Johnson, who also looked forward with much anticipation to an exciting year.
The section Captain’s for 2015 were then introduced, namely:- Seniors Captain – Alf Taylor. Rabbits Captain – Stuart Charlesworth, Tigers Captain – Simon Coumbe and Junior Captain – Matthew Beedle. All looked forward to a good golfing year ahead, encouraging anyone who qualifies to play in the respective sections to contact them, telephone numbers in the diary.
Chris and Kath announced their chosen charities for 2015, namely the Prince Of Wales Hospice and Alzheimer’s Society.
Look out for a special raffle prize to help raise funds for the above causes and win the value of your 2016 Club Subscription, tickets will go on sale in January, priced at £10 each, the lucky winner being announced at the Captain’s Day presentation.
Ron and Jackie Paul , our new caterers then provided an excellent buffet to round off the evening.
Captain’s Inauguration Photo’s.
The junior team ended the season with a very creditable second place in the LDUGC Ken Romaine trophy. This was a play off between all the league, team knockout and team championship winners. The team of the day are seen here being presented with the league winners shield. Well done to all the juniors who have represented the Club with huge credit this year.
Congratulations go to all ‘Major’ winners for the 2014 season. Please try and make yourselves available for the Prize Presentation on Saturday 15th November here in the Clubhouse, commencing 8pm, with free buffet from 7pm.
Congratulations Tom Hough on winning the above prestigious competition, held at Moor Allerton Golf Club, Tom had a fantastic score of a Gross 70, Nett 64. Well done Tom, your Dad will have to build you a trophy room now! http://www.ldugc.co.uk/competition.php?compid=3203
Congratulations and well played to George Hough, winning the Johnny Davis Medal with a Net score of 69 from Matthew Beedle, Net 70. The Hough Brothers are certainly making a name for themselves this year. Cards Twos Scores CSSReport
It has been a mixed time for the juniors this week, the excellent news that the team finished league champions came through on Tuesday ending a nervous wait as only one team is promoted. That qualifies the boys to play in the Ken Romaine trophy in a few weeks time which takes in all the league winners, team champions and knockout winners. I must congratulate all the boys for the achievement, they have represented the club excellently both on and off the course.The news was welcome after a disappointing day on Monday at the individual championships, where, in high winds, the boys produced some of their worst golf of the year to finish well down the field. Tom Ludwell was the best placed from the five Pontefract entries.Finally, good luck to Tom Hough playing for the LDUGC team versus Harrogate next week. Steve Hough, junior organiser.
It is a busy time for the juniors at present, and since the last report Tom Hough shot an impressive one over gross to win the Selby junior open which is the first leg of the LDUGC junior order of merit of which the winner is the best four scores out of six selected events. Tom Ludwell also came a creditable fourth with just a couple of bad holes spoiling an excellent round. On Tuesday the team had there last league match away to Wetherby and came away with a tremendous 4-2 victory thanks to Tom L and Will Wright with Tom H losing narrowly. This leaves us with a nervous wait to see the result of Roundhay v Wetherby next week.Only an unlikely 5-1 win or better for Wetherby will deny the boys top spot and promotion. Finally congratulations to Tom H for winning both his matches on debut for LDUGC v Teeside at Headingley and to Will who followed up his excellent debut with a win and a narrow loss. Finally on Monday we have five entrants in the LDUGC junior championships at Horsforth, so good luck to all. Steve, junior organiser.
The junior league season draws to a close at Wetherby on Tuesday 5th August (5pm).We are top of the table by two points from Wetherby, but they have a game in hand so nothing short of a victory is needed to have a reasonable chance of top spot. If anyone would like to come and support it should be a cracker. The boys have played really well this year but have found it hard picking away points up against opponents receiving many shots. Congratulations to Will Wright on his selection for the Leeds and District. Stephen Hough, Junior Organiser.
Congratulations to Simon Coumbe on defending his ‘Top Dog’ trophy by 3 shots in the 2014 Club Championship, beating Darren Walton and Andy Wiltshire. Some dazzling golf, (not sure if it was the reflection from the bright red/orange outfits being worn by Simon and his Caddie Jaz) enabled Simon to hold on comfortably in the end. The Junior Club Champion for 2014 is Tom Hough, beating Tom Ludwell by 3 shots; Tom is certainly making a name for himself lately with some very consistent golf, whilst Tom Ludwell lost nothing in defeat with two excellent rounds of 78, Will Wright finished in third place after suffering an ‘8’ on the 16th hole when still in contention. James Barrington won the ‘Junior’ 36 hole Nett prize. The Ladies Club Champion of 2014 is Chantelle Shaw, beating June Highley after a closely matched first round; the other Lady prizes going to Chris Hirst and Lynne Copley. Duncan Moss won the Tigers best Nett prize.The Rabbits Championship was won by Mick Carr with an excellent net score of 66, beating Graham Addison by 4 shots, with David Grassham in third place. Very well done to all prize winners, but equally to all those members who took part in the respective competitions, something Pontefract & District can be proud of.
The juniors unfortunately lost their LDUGC Inter Club K/O match away at Barnsley on Friday evening, losing 5-1 in the end.
The good news is the team are now top of their division after a convincing 4 -2 home win vs. Wetherby last week.
There is now a break in the fixtures until their next match, away at Leeds GC on the 24th June.
The juniors produced a solid 4-2 away victory at Oulton Hall to keep themselves amongst the division pacesetters. The match went to and fro with Pontefract going from looking like 6-0 losers to 4-2 winners. However Will Wright secured victory on the last and Billy Williscroft won easily against an inexperienced opponent.Tom Ludwell played some fantastic golf but a dodgy couple of holes with the putter let his opponent off the hook and in the end giving away fourteen shots proved too much and lost on the seventeenth. The golf the boys are producing is at a fantastic standard and they are proving to be great ambassadors for the club. If anyone would like to sponsor a match ball there is a list up on the junior notice board.
Many thanks. Stephen Hough. Junior Organiser.
The juniors suffered a disappointing 6-0 defeat away at Normanton in the first league game. In the end the boys were giving too many shots away against players who played well below their handicap on familiar home territory. Will Wright played really well to take it to the last, Tom Ludwell missed a couple of early chances before his opponent went on a run of nett birdies. Billy Williscroft, making his full debut could do nothing as his opponent played the front nine to one over gross off a handicap of nineteen. The boys never let their heads drop and battled manfully to the end. The next match on Tuesday13th May is at home vs. Roundhay, and will hopefully get this years league campaign off the ground.
Congratulations Billy Williscroft on winning the Norman Thorpe Trophy for 2014 beating Tom Ludwell (lowest gross score) on a count back.
The juniors maintained their excellent start to the season with a victory in the 1st round of the Royal British Legion K/O vs. Royton and Crompton, Lancashire.
Thomas Hough & Alex Helliwell won 3 up, whilst Will Wright and Billy Williscroft won 8up.
Well done boys and keep up the good work.