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Welcome to the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship

 

LIST OF COMPETITORS CHAMPIONSHIP CONDITIONS

CHAMPIONSHIP GROSS SCORE RESULTS

10th-12th August, 2016

 

CHAMPIONSHIP NETT SCORE RESULTS

10th-12th August, 2016

 

 

TEAM TROPHY RESULTS

10th-11th August, 2016

 

 
2017 CHAMPIONSHIP DATES

The 2017 North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship will commence on Wednesday, the 2nd August, through until Friday, the 4th August, with a free practice round available for competitors on Tuesday, the 1st August, 2017.

The 54 hole scratch championship, which is open to both boys and girls, will once again be held at the South Moor Golf Club, The Middles, Craghead, Stanley, County Durham, DH9 6AG. Eighteen holes will be played on each of the three tournament days, with prizes in bothe the scratch and handicap categories.

See above for a copy of the 2017 Entry Form. The closing date for entries is Monday, the 27th July, 2017.

HERTFORDSHIRE GOLFERS ARE THE YOUNG MASTERS !

Joint Winners, Max Hopkins [Bishop's Stortford GC, Hertfordshire]

and Ben Pierleoni [Berkhamsted GC, Hertfordshire]

Girls Winner, Zainab Jeppe [Mill Green GC, Hertfordshire]

For more photographs visit the Gallery page.

Photographs of all the players who took part in this years Championship, including action shots, are available to order on-line.

Follow the link http://ianhorrocksphotography.zenfolio.com/f444247641

To access the images use the password SOUTHMOOR IMAGE

The man who created South Moor’s golf course in County Durham, Yorkshireman Alister MacKenzie, also designed Augusta National.
And it was talented youngsters from Hertfordshire who turned out to be the masters when the dust had settled on the North of England Under-14 Open, played over three days at South Moor.
Supported by the Stanley Area Action Partnership, the tournament attracted players from all four home countries as well as Dubai and South Africa.
The overall title goes to the boy or girl with the best gross score and it was shared on 11 over by Max Hopkins, from Bishop’s Stortford Golf Club, and Ben Pierleoni (Berkhamsted GC).
After taking a one-shot lead going into the final day, Lancashire’s Matthew Jackman [Southport and Ainsdale) drifted four shots back as Herts’ finest slugged it out toe to toe
The key moments of the last round started with a two-shot swing at the 14th,  a long par three,  where 14-year-old Ben, a pupil at Chesham Grammar School,  overshot the green and Max landed a birdie to go one ahead.
But 13-year-old Max, who goes to Hockerill  Anglo-European College,  dropped a shot when he found water from the 15th tee, 16 and 17 brought the rivals a bogey each and they parred the last to start a rush of silverware for Herts.
Zainab Jeppe (Mill Green) triumphed in the girls section, signing off the final round with a 30-foot putt, and George Durkan, another Bishop’s Stortford club player, joined the two tournament champions to form a Hertfordshire County Boys side who claimed the team trophy.
The runner-up in the girls’ section was Whitley Bay’s Rosie Belsham, only 14 but already the Northumberland Under-21 champion.
In the second round, Rosie holed out from 166 yards to become the youngest player in the 93-year history of golf at South Moor  to sign for an albatross – three under par - at the par five second hole.
It was her first albatross and followed her first hole in one during a Saturday morning friendly match at her home club early this season against her mother, Gina, an operations director in the IT industry.

Rosie aced Whitley Bay’ s third hole, despite cutting her mother some slack by playing off the men’s tees.

BY TIM TAYLOR - SOUTH MOOR GC, PRESS OFFICER

HERTFORDSHIRE CLEAN UP AT NORTH OF ENGLAND UNDER 14 CHAMPIONSHIP

Hertfordshire youngsters cleaned up at the South Moor Golf Club in the 54 hole 2016 North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Strokeplay Championship earlier this week. The three days of weather offered up a true northern mixed bag of playing conditions including cold high, high gusting winds, some rain, and a modicum of sunshine. But the intrepid group of Hertfordshire competitors knuckled down to the task and collected a host of silverware to take back down south for their trouble.

Countless volunteers from the South Moor Golf Club, including the Club Chaiman, Bill Littlejohn and past captain Joe Scott who acted as the official starters, and helpers from other local clubs who gave freely of their time to ensure the event was another resounding success.

After a nail-biting ding-dong battle honours were even and Max Hopkins [73 79 75] of the Bishop's Stortford GC shared top spot and the trophy with Ben Pierleoni [75 77 75] of Berkhamsted GC on 227. After taking a one-shot lead going into the final day and a fine effort Matthew Jackman [Southport and Ainsdale GC, Lancashire] had to settle for the runner-up spot finishing four shots adrift. Oscar Doran [Delamere Forest GC, Cheshire come home a further shot back.

Club Captains Colin Howe and Pam Tate with Ben Pierleoni and Max Hopkins

Prize Winners

Joshua Hill with the Club Captains

Not to be outdone by her male colleagues Zainab Jeppe of the Mill Green GC, Hertfordshire took top spot in the girls section of the Championship after raking in a 30 foot putt on the last hole of the final day for a 76 backing up her first and second rounds of 81 and 85 respectively for a very creditable total of 242. Chasing Zainab home was Rosie Belsham of the Whitley Bay GC, Tyne and Wear who fell away somewhat in the final round to end her challege six shots back on 248. The highlight of her challenge came on the second day when Rosie signed for a three under par 'albatros' on the second hole of the ladies card, 425 yard par 5. With the stiff wind slightly helping Rosie took a six iron for her second shot, clearing a copse of trees on the way to watch the ball drop in the hole for a magnificent two.

Meanshile Joshua Hill from the Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE, came home in a flourish to scoop up the Under 12's winning podium with scores of 78 80 74 - 232, beating Hertfordshire's Reis Suart [Mill Green GC] to the line by five strokes.    

Nine handicapper John Vogelpohl, who hails from the United States of America, but now live in Scotland and plays out of the Pitreavie GC in Fife turned in an nett six under par aggregate total of 210 to win the handicap section of the Championship by a stroke from Alex James [H/c. 8] of the Rossendale GC, Lancashire. While Alex's younger sister Emily, who plays off a handicap of 15] won the girls handicap prize with a level par score of 219 on the ladies card.

Twenty-two handicap Gabe Somerville Smith, who hails from the Consett GC in neraby Northumberland, salvaged a little of the northern pride by rescuing the Under 12's handicap leading position with a nett score of 215

Team Trophy Winners

The Hertfordshire County Boys

Zainab Jeppe

Gabe Somerville Smith

Emily James

Teams of three players competed for the Team Trophy, in which the aggregate total of the two lowest gross scores fcounting over the first two days of play to determine the winners. The Team Trophy was won by the Hertfordshire County Boys made up of Max Hopkins and George Durkan of the Bishop's Stortford GC and Ben Pierleoni, Berkhamsted GC, who posted a winning aggregate team score of 304.

The handicap winners were the team of The Lancashire Boys +1, made up of Alex James [H/c 8] and his sister Emily [H/c 15] of the Rossendale GC, Lancashire and Oliver Duck [H/c 6] from the Childwell GC, Cheshire. which returned a four under par nett aggregate score of 284

Special 'friendship prizes' were awarded to nine-year-old Sofia McGhieof the Leyland GC, Lancashire and Faye Louise Wheatley, Heworth GC, Northumberland who clearly demonstrated how important it is to have fun when playing and enjoy the experience irrespective of their individual position in the standings. And they both certainly did that in 'spades'. Well done girls !

The club captains Colin Howe and Pam Tate presented the prizes, in a packed clubhouse filled with parents and grandparents and enthusiastic members, after the event alongside the Durham County Union Secretary Jonathan Ward.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION:
                                                                          

No. of Countries represented:                6

No. of English Counties represented: 21

No. of Golf Clubs represented:             73

England: 87 - Scotland: 4 - Wales: 3 - Northeren Ireland: 1 - South Africa: 1 - United Arab Emirates: 1

[See above]

No. of Players competing:                      96

Average handicap:                                10.8

Boys Under 14: 61 - Boys Under 12: 19 - Girls Under 14: 10 - Girls Under 12: 6

Age Profile of all Players:

Under 14 [2002]: 44

Under 13 [2003]: 26

Under 12 [2004]: 15

Under 11 [2005]:  7

Under 10 [2006]:  2

Under  9  [2007]:  2

Age Profile of all girl Players:

Under 14 [2002]: 5

Under 13 [2003]: 5

Under 12 [2004]: 3

Under 11 [2005]: 2

Under 10 [2006]: 0

Under  9  [2007]: 1

PLEASE NOTE:

Players will not be allowed to use a caddie during the stipulated rounds of the 2016 North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship.

Penalty for breach of the condition will be two strokes for each hole at which the breach occurred, up to a maximum penalty of four strokes [two strokes at each of the first two holes at which any breach occurred].

A player in breach of this condition must upon discovery immediately ensure they conform with the condition for the remainder of the stipulated round. Otherwise the player will be disqualified.

Spectators are not permitted to coach or give advice to players, including club selection and alignment, and are not allowed on the putting surface.

Penalty for breach of this condition: Spectators will be given one initial warning and if the breach is continued will be asked to leave the course.

Where possible spectators are requested to remain quiet and observe a reasonable distance from players throughout play.

COUNTY COUNCIL HAIL CHAMPIONSHIP A SUCCESS

 

Mark Davinson, a County Councillor for Craghead, The Middles, South Moor, Oxhill and parts of South Stanley recently commented, 'I wish we could have more approaches for sustainable projects which enhance the local area like this one. Pleased we could be of help.

Good luck with the competition. The proposed developments for 2017 sound like a further step forward.

A real success story'.

2016 is the third year of ‘The Youngsters Open’ and a club survey estimates the value to the County Durham economy since 2014 will be more than £150,000 by the time the 2016 event is over.

One of the organisers Guy Carr said, 'This takes into account spending by players and their parents on accommodation, food, and general day-to-day purchases.'

The course at South Moor was designed by Yorkshireman Alister MacKenzie, who also created Augusta National.

IAN HORROCKS APPOINTED OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER.
County Durham photographer Ian Horrocks has been appointed as official photgrapher for the North of England [Under 14] Championship. A long-standing club member at the South Moor Golf Club, Ian Horrocks, will be on hand to take action shots of the players as they tee-off at the start of the tournament as well as during play, and at  prize giving ceremony at the close of play. Copies will be made available for competitors to purchase in the clubhouse throughout the event.
COUNTIES & COUNTRIES ENTERED IN 2016
Cheshire
County Durham
Cumbria
Derbyshire
Gloucestershire
Hampshire
Herefordshire
Hertfordshire
Lancashire
Leicestershire
Lincolnshire
Northamptonshire
Northumberland
Nottinghamshire
Oxfordshire
Shropshire
Staffordshire
Suffolk
Surrey
Worcestershire
Yorkshire
England
Northern Ireland
Scotland
South Africa
United Arab Emirates
USA
Wales
GUY CARR IS FUND RAISER EXTRAORDINAIRE

Guy Carr

South Moor Golf Club have taken their total of grant aid funding past the £100,000 mark in five years following an award of almost £5,000 by Sport England's National Lottery Flood Relief Fund. Just over half the total assistance has been funded by Sport England with the remainder provided by Stanley Area Action Partnership and Stanley Town Council.

South Moor staged the McGregor Trophy, the England Boys Under-16 Open Stroke-play Championship in 2008, won by Jack Hermeston of the City of Newcastle Golf Club.player.

Stanley Area Action Partnership awarded the club a £23,000 grant to stage the event and £2,000 for car park improvements.

Hosting an international tournament previously won by golfers such as Justin Rose, Edoardo Molinari and Graeme Storm drastically raised the profile of the club. So much so, South Moor attracted 80 new members and in 2012 committee man and former captain Guy Carr won England Golf’s Club Development Award

Carr a 51 year-old IT consultant, who lives in Chester-le-Street and is a PGA Level One golf coach, is the major driving force behind the club’s fund raising.

“Our facilities have improved beyond all recognition over the last five years”, said Carr. “These are fantastic times in terms of our rapid development and they are the reward for vast amounts of hard work by many people at the club and at the public bodies who have funded us. We are getting near to completing a par three course and there is an Astroturf short game practice area covering 1,668 square metres which is the biggest of its kind in Europe and includes a practice bunker. We have totally refurbished top class changing rooms, showers and lockers and an extra putting green – part of the Astroturf area – and a new practice driving area.”

Funding also allowed South Moor to be chosen to host the inaugural North of England Under-14 Open in 2014.

“We hosted the event again in 2015, " added Carr. "And after last year’s event we were announced as the permanent home of the tournament. So we have made the most of every last penny in what is a total of £104,196 of public money we have received starting with that great catalyst for us, the McGregor Trophy.

The latest grant, from the Flood Relief Fund, came after South Moor’s course was hit by Storm Desmond in December.

Kevan Jones MP, said, “I was very pleased to hear about this latest funding which provides another welcome boost for the golf club and local community. The club has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, successfully hosting big tournaments, whilst also remaining an important local facility. I look forward to seeing the next stages in the development of the club.”

Jennie Price, Chief Executive of Sport England, said, “We appreciate sport isn’t a major priority when people’s lives, homes and businesses are at risk from flooding.But once communities are starting to get their lives back to normal, being able to use their local pitch or sports club as usual can make a real difference. By launching this fund quickly to help with clean-up and repair costs I hope we can give people affected by the floods one less thing to worry about. We are delighted to be able to get this emergency funding to South Moor.”

2015 CHAMPIONSHIP - REVIEW

A gentle breeze cooled the sun soaked fairways of the undulating course at the South Moor Golf Club, County Durham for the second North of England [Under14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship which was held from Tuesday, the 12th through until the 14th August, 2015. Played over three consecutive days, the 54 hole championship is the product of a joint initiative between the South Moor Golf Club and the Nottinghamshire based company Golf Concepts LP, and is open to boys and girls of all nationalities who are under the age of 14 on the 1st, January in the year of the tournament.

Located to the south-west of the former colliery town of Stanley, on the northern slope of the Craghead valley, South Moor is Durham's only true heath-land golf course, and was originally designed by Dr. Alister MacKenzie in 1923, who also fashioned the Augusta National golf course, in Atlanta, Georgia, home to the US Masters Championship.

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SOUTH MOOR GOLF CLUB RANKED IN DURHAM SURVEY

 

South Moor Golf Club is ranked sixth in a list of the 'top ten' golf courses in County Durham recently compiled and published by Today's Golfer.

It describes the course as offering 'lots of tricky shots that can make you look silly if you get them wrong. Lovely when the gorse and heather are in bloom'.

The links at Seaton Carew heads the list with Brancepeth Castle coming a close second, followed by Rockcliffe Hall, Ramside Hall and the Wynard. Hartlepool is placed seventh, followed by the clubs at Castle Eden, Darlington and Tyneside.