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8 August, 2019 REID TROPHY & ENGLISH GIRLS [UNDER 14] CHAMPIONSHIPS
 

Organised by England Golf, the English Boys [Under 14] Strokeplay Championship for the Reid Trophy is currently being played at the Trentham Golf Club, Staffordshire, and comes to an end later today.

Joseph Linel [ Biarritz Le Phare] is leading the pack with a 6 under par score of 210.

Congratulations to all the boys who took part in the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroekplay Championship at South Moor Golf Club last week, some of which are listed below:

Joshua Berry [Doncaster GC, Yorkshire], the winner at South Moor, is tied third on 2 under par 214; Harley Smith [The Rayleigh Club, Essex] tied 5th with Dylan Shaw Radford [Huddersfield GC, Yorkshire] on level par 216,; Junior Dobson [Matfen Hall GC, Northumberland] tied 10th on 219; Sam Easterbrook [Wishaw GC, Cheshire] tied 23rd on 224, and Aiden Millham [Windlesham GC] Surrey] tied 25th on 225.

Meanwhile the English Girls Under 14 Championship, also organised by England Golf, is taking place at Gerrards Cross Golf Club, Buckinghamshire, where Miss Ellen Yates [Windlesham GC, Surrey], who was also with us at South Mooor last week, is currently tied second witha 54 hole total of 9 over par 225.

 Image: Josh Berry [Doncaster GC]

3 August, 2019 2019 CHAMPIONSHIP REVIEW
 

After a shaky start the sixth North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship ended in fine style, with Josh Berry [74-69-143], [Doncaster GC, Yorkshire], claiming top spot for the second year in succession by a single stroke. In a thrilling finish  Berry edged out Louis Vallis [75-69-144] [Thorndon Park GC, Essex], on the final greenwith Dylan Shaw Radford [73-71-144] [Huddersfield GC, Yorkshire], with Vallis taking the runner-up spot on a card-play off. Todd McKie [Eaton GC, Cheshire] carded a 147.

Torrential rain caused severe flooding problems in the north of England, with South Moor GC awash, the first day of play was washed out before lunch. However, following sterling work by the host club's greens team, the second and third days got through with the players damp but unscathed.

 

                                                                                     

           Championship Winner: Josh Berry [Doncaster GC. Yorkshire]                                 Girl's Winner:Alexandra Bonfield [Fulford GC, Yorkshire]

 

Alexandra Bonfield [Fulford GC, Yorkshire] added to the success of the neighbouring county Yorkshire, by winning the leading girls gross prize returning matching scores of 78-78 for a total of 156. Phoenix GC's Charlotte Colley, playing off a handicap of 15, contributed to the White Rose county's collection, with a nett 138 to pick up the trophy for the girl's best handicap score. Six handicap Lucia Maturi, of the Lindrick GC, completed the set of four wins, with a nett total of 156.

Surrey also took home a basketful of silverware, with Cuddington GC's Kris Kim collecting the trophy for the leading under 12 year-old with scores of 78-80-158, while his brother Matthew, playing off a handicap of 10 taking the boy's under 12 handicap prize with a nett total of 143. Not to be outdone Matilde Santilli, from the Foxhill's GC, added to the triple haul with the girls under 12's

 

Meanwhile, eleven handicapper Mark Hewlett, of Worcestershire's Gaudet Luce GC, snatched the boys handicap prize with a fine aggreagte nett score of 66-63-129.

Josh Berry and Louis Vallis were joined by Harley Smith [The Rayleigh GC, Essex] to form the team of Ess Bee Vee and win the Team Prize with a score of 286, presented to the team of three players, with two scores to count, producing the best aggregate score over the first two rounds of the Championship.

Several competitors in this year's Championship did themselves proud in England Golf's McGregor Trophy held at the host club Radcliffe on Trent, , where the event was inaugurated in 1982. Fourteen year-old Harley Smith closed with a final round of 74 to claim victory in the Jean Case Salver for the leading competitor under the age of 15. Harley, set himself up for victory with a superb five-under par 65 in the morning to finish 5 shots clear of Italy’s Pietro Guido Fenoglio [Royal Park Roveri,] tied overall in sixth place.

This year's Championship was sponsored by the Rossall School and Scrimger and Oakes, of the St. James Place Wealth Management Group, which has renewed its sponsorship deal for 2019. Set in an historic 160 acre campus, on the picturesque Lancashire coastline, Rossall School is one of the country’s leading independent co-educational boarding and day schools. Steeped in sporting excellence, the Rossall School Golf Academy boasts an indoor golf studioand is equipped with the latest video analysis equipment. Director of Golf, and resident PGA golf professional coach Stuart Hemmings, enjoyed sharing information with competitors throughout the event.    

Once again the leading boy and girl players have been offered the opportunity of entering the 2019 North of England [Under 16] Junior Open Championship, held at the Heswall GC, Cheshire from the 19-23 August. The leading three players and leading girl will all be exempt from ballot in next year's 2020 North of England [Under 16] Junior Open Championship.

  

                           Charlotte Colley [Phoenix GC] on the first tee

 

 

          Eleven year-old South Moor GC local lass Morgan Bailey tees off                                     Cameron Gilray of the South Moor GC on the first

 

   

  Twelve year-old Alfie Baldwin

  [Wilton GC]. Best 'strides' in the Championship

     

                             Practice range                                                        Let's hear it for the girls !                                                        Practice range

                                                                                         Lucia Maturi, Alexandra Bonfield, Charlotte Colley

2 August, 2019 IT'S WALLIS AND VOROBYEV TIED AT THE TOP
  Jake Wallis 0f the Garforth GC, Yorkshire carded a 73 for a 36 hole gross total of 158, to share the lead with Leo Vorobyev of the Windlesham GC, Surrey, who posted a 76 to go with his score of yesterday of 82. Fifteen handicap Charlotte Colley of the Phoenix GC, Yorkshire leads the 36 hole handicap section with a nett score of 138, while Ellen Yates [Windlesham GC, Surrey] leads the girls gross section with an overall gross total of 159.
  FIRST GROUP ROUND IN UNDER THREE HOURS
  Local lass, 11 year-old Morgan Bailey, from the host club of South Moor, paired with ten year-old Arthur Saunders of the Littlestone GC, Kent, putted out on the 18th green in under three hours. That is a great example of Ready Golf !
  EARLY RISERS
   

        

                                             Arthur Saunders of Littlestone GC, Kent and Hal Theakston of the Middlesbrough GC,Teesside

                                                                                           strike the first tee shots on the final day.                          

  LOOKING FORWARD TO A GOOD DAY
  Well set for a good final day. Tight scoring at the top with four youngsters tied at the top on one over par.
1 August, 2019 FOUR CRACKERS
  Sam Easterbrook [Wishaw GC, Staffordshire], Todd McKie [Eaton GC, Cheshire], Frazer Jones [Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire] and Dylan Shaw Radford [Huddersfield GC, Yorkshire] all had cracking rounds of one over par rounds of 73 carded, to tie for top spot.
  BEN WILLIS SHOOTS TO THE FRONT
  Ben Willis, who plays off a handicap of four at the South Shields GC, shot to the front of the pack with a gross 74. Ben went out in 36 and came home in 38, his card included just two birdies on the par 3 third, and thet ricky par 413th.
  VETERAN ZARA JOINS LEADERS
  Veteran of the North of Engand Under 14 Championship Miss Zara Ali of the Cookridge Hall GC, Yorkshire joins the leaders with a gross 77 off 7 handicap, along with 7 handicap newcomer to the event Ugo Nygoyen  [Dulwich and Sydenham GC, London] with another 77 gross.
  MARK HEWLETT PITCHES IN
  Gaudet Luce Golf Club's Mark Hewlett joins Ruby Esterbrook at the top of the leader board with a gross 77 off a handicap of 11, after bogeying three of the four par threes, and recovering with a level par inward half.
  ROSY START FOR RUBY
  Sixteen handicap Ruby Esterbrook, of the Bishop's Stortford GC, Hertfordshire, posted a staggering 77 gross to head the early starters,for a 12 under par nett score of 61.
  CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE RECORDS
 

Current 54 hole Championship course records are:

Under 14: 220 - Josh Berry, Doncaster GC, South Yorkshire, England.

Under 12: 223 - Fergus Brown, Gullane GC, East Lothian, Scotland.

Girls: 226 - Miss Rosanna Halls, Cleobury Mortimer GC, Worcestershire, England.

Current 36 hole Championship course records are:

Under 14: 144 - Barclay Brown, Hallamshire GC, Yorkshire, England.

Under 12: 159 - Will Lewis, Long Ashton GC, Gloucestershire, England.

Girls: 163 - Miss Rebecca Earl, Bishop's Stortford GC, Hertfordshire, England.

  WE'RE BACK IN ACTION
 

We're back in action here at South Moor and the early starters are out on the course. There has been a few light showers earlier on, but right now the sun is shining.

The 'Likely Lads'

   

                                                  10 year-old Alex Boyes, Eaglescliffe GC, Teesside [H'c 17]               Alfie Baldwin,[H/c 11]Wilton GC,

                                                        won the Graeme Storm Under 12 Mini Storm Trophy.                       Teesside. Smart 'strides' !

 

                                                                Pre-play putting practice                                  Local lad Cameron Gilroy [South Moor GC] tees off

31.July, 2019 FIRST DAY'S PLAY ABANDONED
 

Torrential rain made it necessary to bring the players off the course as the greens flooded. The Tournament Committee held a further review at 11 o'clock and it was agreed that since there was a liklihood of more heavy rain later in the day the course would be closed and the first round abandoned. A fresh draw has been made and posted on the website.

The 5th Green

31.July, 2019 TORRENTIAL RAIN RENDERS THE COURSE TEMPORARILY UNPLAYABLE
  Torrential rain at 10.30 rendered the course temporarily unplayable as the greens have flooded. Players have been brought off the course and a further review will be held when the rain subsides. We remain hopeful we will be able to complete the round.
31.July, 2019 THEY'RE UNDER WAY
 

The first players got off the mark at 9.30 a.m. after a half-hour rain delay while the greenkeepers prepared the course.

Grace Ward [Lincoln GC, Lincolnshire], [Morgan Bailey [South Moor GC, County Durham], Charlotte Colley [Phoenix GC, Yorkshire]

         Left to right: Charlotte Colley,                             Grace Ward                                           Charlotte Colley                        Local Lass, Morgan Bailey

          Morgan Bailey, Grace Ward

31 July, 2019 COURSE INSPECTION COMPLETED !
  The Tournament Committee has completed its inspection and play will now commence at 9.30 a.m. Players should report to the starter 5 minutes before their revised starting time which will now be 30 minutes later than their published starting time.
31 July, 2019 RAIN DELAY !
 

At 6.45 a.m. the golf course was flooded in parts and the Tournament Committee have agreed to temporarily delay the start of play. An inspection will be held at 9.00 a.m., and if the course is playable, play will commence at 9.30 a.m. Today's round is to be declared Non- Qualifying, with Preferred Lies on closely mown areas of the course. Pictured 7th green.

30 July, 2019 SOUTH MOOR RENAMES HOLE
 

 

 

 

In 2011 the South Moor Golf Club hosted the England Golf's [Under 16] Junior Open Championship for the McGregor Trophy, which was founded in 1984 by Roy Case, who was the President of England Golf in 2008.

Roy helped found the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Strokeplay Championship six years ago with the current Club President Guy Carr. In recognition the South Moor GC has renamed its 13th hole McGregor.

England Golf is pleased to be so honoured and extends its grateful thanks to th South Moor GC and sends its best wishes for a successful championship now and in the future.

30 July, 2019 SOUTH MOOR WELCOMES NEW CHAMPIONSHIP SPONSOR
 

South Moor Golf Club is pleased to welcome Rossall School as a major sponsor for the the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship. Rossall will join with the St. James Wealth Management Group and add its support for the growing popularity of the Championship.

Set in an historic 160 acre campus, on the picturesque Lancashire coastline, Rossall School is one of the country’s leading independent co-educational boarding and day schools. Dating back to 1844, it combines a traditional British education with a modern approach, where its pupils can enjoy learning, in a safe and secure environment.

Steeped in sporting excellence, the Rossall School Golf Academy has been ranked number 1 by the Independent Schools Golf Association. It boasts an indoor golf studio, equipped with the latest video analysis equipment and GC2 launch monitor/simulator,

The Director of Golf and resident PGA golf professional coach is Stuart Hemmings, who throughout his career has competed at both amateur and professional level since 1991.

For further information visit: about-rossall

 

          

                         Rossall School                                   Stuart Hemmings, Director of Golf                                         New Sponsorship Signage

30 July 2019

PRACTICE UNDER WAY !

 

Practice rounds commenced today at 11 o'clock in heavy showers of rain.

Harry Hewell, Gog Magog, Cambs. tees off, with Evan Snook, Wheatley, Yorks. Hal Theakston, Middlesbrough, Teeside, tees off on 18 partnered with Jamie Skinner Brass Castle, Cleveland, and Oliver Butts, Matfen Hall, Northumberland. Miss Chewon Cho of the Cuddington GC, Surrey and Miss Lucia Maturi of the Lindrick Golf Club, S. Yorks. tee off in their practice round

Looks like we may have managed to dodge the recent heatwave, but are prepared for some wet weather. Pack your rain gear !

29 July 2019 ANALYSIS OF ENTRIES
  Entries have now closed for the 2019 Championship. Entries have been received from to date from 23 English counties, plus 4 from the Scottish counties of Aberdeenshire, East Lothian, Fife and Renfrewshire, 1 from the county of Flintshire in Wales,1 from the Netherlands, and 1 from Belgium. The entries received to date include 19 girls [21%] and 19 players under 12 years of age [21%]. More than half of the entries received are from 37 clubs situated in the North of England, with 16 entries from 12 clubs in the Midlands, 19 entries from 14 clubs in the South East, and 3 entries from 1 club in the South West. Just short of half of the field are single figure handicap players [49%], and 70 are Category One or Category Two players [76%]. The average handicap of all the players currently standing at 10.0.  There are currently 3 players in the field under ten years of age, nine year-old Matthew Kim, who plays off a handicap of 12 at the Cuddington GC, Surrey, isthe youngest player to enter the event, by a little over three weeks from Arthur Saunders of the Littlestone GC, Kent, Alex Boyes won the Graeme Storm Under 12 Mini Storm Trophy, makes up the trio.
25 July 2019 I THOUGHT YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED !
  You might be interested to know that since the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Championship was inaugurated in 2014 a total of 352 different players have competed in the event, including those listed to start in this year's Championship, of which 68 were girsl [19.3%]. Players have taken part from 225 different golf clubs, representing 31 of England Golf's 34 County Unions. The hospitable South Moor Golf Club has also welcomed competitors from Belgium, China, Hungary, the Netherlands, Scotland, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and Wales.
19 July 2019 2019 McGREGOR TROPHY
 

Several competitors in this year's North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Championship did themselves proud in England Golf's McGregor Trophy held at the host club Radcliffe on Trent, Nottingham where the event was inaugurated in 1982. Special congratulations to 14-year-old Harley Smith, who closed with a 74 to claim a five-shot victory in the Jean Case Salver for the leading competitor under the age of 15. Harley, from The Rayleigh Club in Essex, set himself up for victory with a superb five-under par 65 in the morning to finish 5 shots in front of Italy’s Pietro Guido Fenoglio [Royal Park Roveri] on one under par 283, to finish tied overall in sixth place

Ireland’s Joshua Hill shot a level par 70 in the last round to come from behind and win the English Boys’ Under 16 Stroke Play Championship. The 15-year-old from Galgorm Castle GC began his final round 4 shots behind Scottish Under 16 champion Cameron Adam, of the Royal Burgess Golfing Society, Edinburgh, but took advantage when the Scot carded two double bogeys in his opening nine of 40, before coming home in 35. Hill’s four-under par aggregate of 276 was enough to see him finish one shot ahead of Adam, and 3 in front of Spain’s Eduardo De los Rios, Club de Campo Laukariz, whose closing round of 67 included seven birdies and a seven on the par 5 seventh hole.

11 July 2019 KIDS ENJOY A GREAT DAY OF COACHING WITH GRAEME STORM
  The kids from Bloemfonteinl School enjoyed a fun day of coaching yesterday at the South Moor Golf Club with PGA European Tour Professional, Graeme Storm.
 
   
24 June 2019

ALEX BOYES WINS MINI STORMTROPHY

 

Congratulations to ten year-old Alex Boyes, who plays off a current handicap of 17 at the Eaglescliffe GC, Teeside. Alex won the Graeme Storm Under 12 Mini Storm Trophy a week ago, and for his trouble now receives a free entry into the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship.

Congratulations Alex, we look forward to seeing you at South Moor later this year.

PGA European Tour winner Graeme Storm launched the Graeme Storm Junior Open in April 2016. Open to boys and girls aged between 11 and 18, the tournament is held annually at the Hartlepool Golf Club, with the highest placed boy and girl players from the under 14 sections allocated an invitation to compete in the 54 hole North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Championship held at the South Moor Golf Club, County Durham, providing they fulfil the  entry requirements.

 

 

Image: Graeme Storm

22 June 2019 IMOGEN WILLIAMSON & FREDDIE McKENNA WIN GRAEME STORM JUNIOR OPEN UNDER 14's
 

Thirteen year-old regular competitor in the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship, Freddie McKenna, earned his entry into this year's event through his gross win of 68 in the under 14 section of the Graeme Storm Junior Championship held at the Hartlepool Golf Club. Freddie is a member of the Tynemouth GC, Tyne & Wear, and playes off a handicap of 2.                                                        Six handicap Imogen Williamson won the girls section with a gross score of 88, but unfortunately is unable to accept the invitation as the Championship coincides with apre-arranged family holiday in Majorca.                                                                                                      Congratulations Freddie, and we're sorry we won't be seeing you at South Moor this year Imogen, but hope you have a great holiday.

20 June 2019 GREAT VIDEO ON SOUTH MOOR GOLF CLUB
 
   
 

Have a look at this great video on the subject of South Moor Golf Club, its history, development plans, featuring the Club Chairman, Guy Carr [pictured above], and 11 year old Morgan Bailey. Its so good it makes you want to play there !

CLICK HERE TO VIEW

18 June, 2019 BEN SCHMIDT BECOMES YOUNGEST EVER WINNER OF THE BRABAZON TROPHY
 

Sixteen year old Ben Schmidt of the Rotherham Golf Club, Yorkshire became the youngest ever winner of the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play, one of the most sought-after titles in international men’s amateur golf for England Golf's prestigious Brabazon Trophy, with a sub-par score of 271, 13 under par.

Ben played in the North of England [Under 14] Junior Championship in 2016, finishing tied 4th place with a score of 232.

Ben took advantage of the exemption he earned when he won the 2018 English Boys’ County Champion of Champions tournament.

25 May 2019 STANLEY HOTEL 52 OFFER DISCOUNT TO COMPETITORS
 

Hotel 52 is a newly furnished 23 bedroom hotel located in the centre of Stanley, County Durham, just a few minutes drive away fro the South Moor GC. Each of it's rooms has been refurbished and offers en-suite facilities.Meals are served in the hotel's own restaurant, which is situated adjacent to the hotel.

Hotel 52 has agreed to offer a 15% discount on it's standard rates for competitors in the 2019 North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Championship. To claim a competitors discount simply quote: Competitors Discount Code - GOLF15 when making a reservation.

Stanley Hotel 52, Joicey Square, Stanley, County Durham. DH9 0P,  Telephone: 01207 263 790.  Email: stanley@hotel52.co.uk

 

04 May, 2019

SCRIMGER & OAKES RENEW SPONSORSHIP DEAL FOR 2019

ST. JAMES PLACE WEALTH MANAGEMENT GROUP

 
15 April 2019 R & A RULE CHANGES FOR 2019
 

The R & A a to fill the needs of ttoday's g;lobal game.nd the USGA have announced changes to the Rules of Golf effective from January 2019. The changes are designed to bring the Rules of Golf up to date for today's global game.

Make sure you don't get caught out !

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21 March 2019 FIRST ENTRY FROM EUROPE FOR 2019 CHAMPIONSHIP
  The first entry from an overseas country was received earlier today from 13 year old Mattias Henke in the Hague, Netherlands, who playes off a handicap of 8 at the Broekpolder Golf Club, one of the oldest clubs in the Netherlands.
23 February 2019 FAYE WHEATLEY WILL BID FOR 2019 TITLE
 

Faye Wheatley will return to South Moor Golf Club in the summer to make a final bid for the girls's title in the 2019 North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship. Thirteen year-old Faye plays out of the Gosforth Park Ladies Golf Club off a handicap of five.

23 February 2019 PARENTS ARE IMPORTANT TOO !
  Guy Carr retweeted, 'Parents are Important Too !', a great relective article published by ' Playing Pasts' an on-line sports magazine, written by Roy Case, the Tournament Organiser of the North of England  [Under 14] Championship. Check it out CLICK HERE .
FIRST ENTRY FROM HOST CLUB
Thirteen year-old Cameron Gilray is the first youngster from the South Moor Golf Club to enter the 2019 North of England  [Under 14] Championship. Cameron, who plays off 11 handicap, will be maiking his second appearance in the event.
JOSH HILL - TEENAGE PHENOMENON !

Dubai-born teenager, Josh Hill, who won the 2017 North of England  [Under 14] Championship at the age of 13, has recorded a statistic any PGA touring professional would be proud of. Josh is now one of the hottest amateur prospect in junior golf. Since February 2018, he has returned an amazing 54 under par aggregate total in an 11 tournament run .

A member at the Jumeirah Golf Estates Club, Josh's winning habit is hard to keep track of. 

In the 3 months ending in late April 2018, he rattled off a staggering 8 tournament wins, 6 of which came in Men’s Open events. Josh ran away with the Emirates Golf Federation Order of Merit title after creating new course records of 65 and 68 at the Trump Dubai and the Track golf courses respectively.  

Although not all teen golfing prodigies go on to become golfing professional super- stars, his progress so far is an encouraging pointer towards a powerfully impressive future in the game. Those in the know predict Josh Hill is the real deal.

And don’t forget … you saw him first !

It was in the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship held at the South Moor Golf Club in 2016, when the +2 handicap, thirteen year-old Josh, who won the Under 12's title in 2016, showed his class, carding the best round of the final day, to make up a 3 shot deficit witha quality round of 75, to climb through the field and take the title with a score of 229, one shot ahead of the chasing pack.

Josh Hill relaxes before the start of his final round.

13 January, 2019

JOSH BERRY TO DEFEND TITLE

Confirmation has been received from Joshua Berry of the Doncaster GC, South Yorkshire will be returning to South Moor GC in August to defend the North of England [Under 14] title he won last year. Joshua now plays off a handicap of +0.2.

The 2018 Championship ended in front of an excited crowd, with 1 handicap Joshua Berry triumphant 4 over par score of 76 - 73 - 71 -220 to win by two strokes from Scotland's Cormac Sharpe of Blairgowrie GC, Perthshire. Scratch golfer Cormac finished with a final round of 76 - 76 - 73 - 222. In third place was another Scot, Ruben Lindsay of the Ayr Bellisle GC, who produced an excellent sub-par final round to end his challenge with scores of 74 - 79 - 70 - 223. Josh won the Under 12's section of the tournament in 2017.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Image: Josh Berry

13 January, 2019

FREE ENTRY FOR THE WINNERS OF THE GRAEME STORM JUNIOR OPEN

Agreement has recently been reached with European Tour pro Graeme Storm that, subject to the terms and conditions of entry of the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Championship, free entry will once again be granted to the leading boy and girl in the Under 14's section of the Graeme Storm Junior Open tournament, which is to be held at the Hartlepool GC, County Durham, on the 27th April, 2019.

ROY CASE PUBLISHES THIRD BOOK - THE PEBBLE IN MY SHOE. An anthology of Women's Cricket.

 

The number of books published on the subject of cricket are numerous and varied, most of which relate to the men’s game. Despite the recent success and rapidly developing interest in women’s cricket, books examining this topic are relatively scarce. 

The Pebble in my Shoe ranges from the 18th century to the present day and examines, in some detail, numerous heroines of the sport, the famous Pittwater Picnic held in Australia in 1934, the Colwall Festival of Cricket, the Women’s World Cup, the Women’s Ashes, and much, much more.

The Pebble in My Shoe. An Anthology of Women’s Cricket, was written and compiled by Roy Case, and will be out soon,  available through the author, or on http://www.amazon.co.uk and  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/

Published by AuthorHouse UK - www.authorhouse.co.uk 0800 197 4150

Ebook:         @ £  2.99    ISBN978-1-5462-9980-6

Soft cover:   @ £ 12.95   ISBN978-1-5462-9981-3

Hard Cover: @ £ 23.99   ISBN978-1-5462-9982-0

As a lover of sport I hope you will find of interest.

Other publications include: 

The McGregor Story. The First Thirty Years - 2008. 

Many of the world’s leading professional golfers competed in the McGregor Trophy as youngsters, and fondly remember the important part the tournament played in their development. The McGregor Trophy was inaugurated and was later adopted in 1993 by England Golf as the English Boys’ Under 16 Open Stroke Play Championship.

The Victorian Pioneers - 2016

An appealing story of a team of a dozen English cricketers which in 1859 travelled to Canada and North America to compete in the first inter-continental cricket tour.

COUNTIES PARTICIPATING IN THE 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP
England
Bedfordshire
Buckinghamshire
Cambridgeshire
Cheshire
Derbyshire
County Durham
Essex
Gloucestershire
Hertfordshire
Kent
Lancashire
Leicestershire
Norfolk
Northumberland
Shropshire
Somerset
Staffordshire
Surrey
Sussex
Tyne & Wear
Warwickshire
West Midlands
Worcestershire
Yorkshire
Scotland
Aberdeenshire
Ayrshire
Edinburgh
Lothian
Renfrewshire
Perthshire
         
Stirlingshire
Wales
Caernarfonshire
         
GRAEME STORM JUNIOR OPEN WINNERS ALLOCATED PLACES IN THIS YEAR'S CHAMPIONSHIP

European Tour winner Graeme Storm launched the Graeme Storm Junior Open in April 2016, in association with Durham’s Dyke House Sports and Technology College, where he serves as the golf consultant to nurture, improve and drive the ambitions of talented squad of young golfers. Open to boys and girls aged between 11 and 18, the Graeme Storm Junior Open Tournament will be held at the Hartlepool Golf Club on the 7 May, 2018, with the highest placed boy and girl players from the under 14 sections allocated an invitation to compete in the 54 hole North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Championship 54 hole which will be held at the South Moor Golf Club, County Durham, from the 31 July–3 August, providing they fulfil the  entry requirements.

The entire proceeds collected through the £10.00 entry fee donated to its children’s charity partner the  Finlay Cooper Trust. which was formed, following a tragic fatal choking accident in 2002. When his father's career in football came to an end in 2006, he and his family wanted to do something positive in Finlay's name to try and help children’s causes.

This year Storm will be launching a new tournament for 7 - 10 year olds called the MinI Storm competition which will be held at the Wynard Golf Club.

Hartlepool GC professional Storm, said, ”I am keen to put something back into the sport which has served me so well over the years, and it will be nice to pass on some of my experiences to young golfers across the region.”

Storm won the English Amateur Championship and represented GB & I in the Walker Cup, and in 1994 triumphed as a youngster in the English Boys [Under 16] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship for the McGregor Trophy, which was founded by Roy Case, who was instrumental in helping initiate the successful North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship at South Moor Golf Club.

Graeme Storm

7 February, 2018
 
MAX HOPKINS BECOMES YOUNGEST WINNER OF TELEGRAPH JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Max Hopkins,

Bishop's Stortfort GC, Hertfordshire

Max Hopkins [Bishop’s Stortford GC, Herfordshire], who shared first place with Ben Pierleoni [Berkhamsted GC, Herfordshire, in the 2016 North of England Under 14 Junior Open Stroke-play Championship with a gross score of 277, claimed another historic win at the prestigious in the Algarve, where he clinched a three-shot victory in the Telegraph Vitality Junior Golf Championship over the North Course at Quinta do Lago.

              Making his debut appearance, Hopkins was hailed as a ‘star in the making’ when he became the youngest champion in the 33-year history of the competition. The 14-year-old returned a composed final-round of 71 which proved enough to seal his place in the record books as the only player in the 21-strong field to finish under par in the 54-hole tournament.

              Standing just 5ft 5in, he coped brilliantly with the demands of the course and rated his performance as ‘my greatest win’.

              ‘It will take time for this to sink in,’ Hopkins said. ‘I had a few nerves on the short putts but I wasn't nervous coming up the last as I knew the other scores.’

              On devilishly quick greens with intimidating pin positions, his final round was undoubtedly the standout achievement of the week.

              Now an England Under-16 squad member, Max had to make with twice-daily messages from home, since his parents, who are both school-teachers at Hockerill College in Bishop’s Stortford, were unable to be there in person to offer their support of his parents to offer their support

              With applause ringing out on the atmospheric 18th, Hopkins scorer was left in no doubt of his abilities. ‘I've never seen a round like it from a 14-year-old.  He was ice cool, a star in the making like’.

              Congratulations Max, from all your friends at the South Moor Golf Club, and fellow competitors of the North of England Under 14 Junior Open Stroke-play Championship.

             

              Well done Max !

                                                                        13 November, 2017

ST. JAMES'S PLACE WEALTH PARTNERSHIP CONFIRM SPONSORSHIP DEAL FOR 2018

Aaron Oakes of the St. James Place Wealth Partnership ahs confirmed that the on-course advertising, and media reviews in local newspapers and magazines had proved to be a  definite benefit, and consequently the St. James Wealth Management Partnership has generously agreed to contine to serve as the prime sponsor of the North of England Under 14 Junior Open Stroke-play Championship for 2018.  The St. James's Place Wealth Management Group specialises in delivering face-to-face wealth management advice to individuals, trustees and businesses, and in addition to addressing straightforward issues such as mortgages and insurance, will offer its help in resolving more complex financial problems on behalf of its clients. Everyone involved in the organisation and administration of the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship is extremely grateful to Aaron Oakes and Mike Kyle and theSt. James's Place Wealth Partnership for its continuing support.

2 November, 2017

HANNAH SHOWS HER IRON SKILLS AT THE BRITISH MASTERS

14-year-old rising star Hannah Golding, who won the girls trophy at the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship at South Moor GC in August this year, shows off her iron skills at the British Masters at Close House to her idol, British No 1 Charlie Hull, and Sky TV presenter Nick Dougherty .

Hannah played in the pro-am on Tyneside on Wednesday, alongside Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts, after earning a place in the competition by winning the Bridgestone UK Chase Your Dream Trophy.

The teenager, who hopes to secure a place on the LPGA tour hereslf in the future, watched Hull hit a few shots, and then took a turn herself. Both Hull and Dougherty offered her advice after being impressed with Hannah's swing.

Hull later tweeted 'It was great to meet Hannah at Close House.'

Hannah Golding [Brocton Hall GC, Staffordshire]

30 September, 2017

2017 TOURNAMENT REVIEW

For a number of reasons the 2017 Championship turned out to be a real thriller ! On the opening day fine weather was frequently with spells of heavy rain, and on the morning of the second day players were subjected to constant rain, which led to play being abandoned at 11.30. In spite of the valiant efforts of the greens staff and numerous volunteers the weather eventually won through and course became unplayable with flooded greens. Nonetheless after a brief suspension of 45 minutes the sun came out and play was resumed, with the competitors enjoying a trouble free afternoon. Trouble free that is except for strong winds which caused a few tricky problems for some. However, Mikey Shepherd [North Berwick GC, East Lothian] coped admirably matching the standard scrath for the day with a gross 73. The final day was played out in glorious sunshine, although the strong winds prevailed sending scores soaring.   The CSS for the first day increased by one for the bays to 72, and the girls remained unchanged at 74, on the second day the CSS increased further to 73 for the boys, and to 77 for the girls. While on the final the CSS for girls and the boys increased by 2 to 76 and 73 respectively.

At the end of the first day five handicap Matthew Sandoz [Wrexham GC, North Wales] led the field with a score of 74, followed one shot back by two handicapper Henry Warnock Thompson [Littlestone GC, Kent], with Satria Cumming [Lingdale GC, Leicestershire[ a further shot adrift on 76. Hannah Golding [Brocton Hall GC, Staffordshire] led the girls chase for the title witha fine round of 78 off a handicap of 7, while Dylan Shaw Radford [Huddersfield GC, Yorkshire] topped the under 12's table with a round of 80.

The morning of the second day was not so appealing, following a night of heavy rain which persisted throughout the best part of the morning. Henry Warnock Thompson continued his form and overtook the leader with a score of 76 for a two round total of 147. However, Bence Kotel [Royal Baltaton Golf & Yacht Club, Hungary] produced a stunning round of 74 to join him at the top of the leader board.O'Hagen [Old Course Ranfurly, Renfrewshire] added a fine round of 75 to card an aggregate score of 153 and claim third place on his own. Meanwhile, Cameron Adam [Royal Burgess GS, Edinburgh] matched his opening round of 77 to share fourth place on 154 with the in-form Joshua Hil [Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE] who added a 76 to his opening round of 78.

Hannah Golding took a firm grip on the girls championship adding a score of 80 to her opening round to post a total of 158. With Dylan Shaw Radford returning another round of 80 to head the under 12's on 160.

Mikey Shepherd had the best round of the day with a stunning 73 in the most atrocious conditions.

   

                                                              Joshua Hill poised to attack !                                                              The Hill family celebrate Joshua's win

Glorious weather on the morning final day saw the players optimistic for a good score, but the hopes of a number of them were dashed with high winds playng havoc with the scoring.

The Team Trophy, which is decided by taking the two best scores from a team of three players was decided over the first two days of the championship to provide a 72 hole total. This year it was won by The Celtic Raiders, a team from north of the border made up of Cameron Adam, Cameron Johnston [Troon Welbeck GC, Ayshire] and Aiden O'Hagen with agrioss score of 3 07. The handicap team prize was won by The Three Girls team of Hannah Golding, Kirsten Porte and Constance Brooks [Gaudet Luce GC, Worcestershire] with a nett score of 281

Hannah Golding continued to show fine form posting a final round of 80 for an aggregate score of 238 to clinch the girls title by 7 shots from her good friend Kirsten Porte [Gaudet Luce GC, Worcestershire], who won the best handicap prize with a nett score of 212. This result allowed Libby Bell [Gosforth Park Ladies GC, Northumberland] in to to be awraded with the best girl's handicap prize on 221.

Young Joshua Berry [Doncaster GC, Yorkshire] took the under 12's honours after posting a final round score of 77 for a total of 238, pipping Dylan Shaw Radford to the post by a stroke.

Playing in the final group, Matthew Warnock Thompson, with a score of 85, fell away to finsih in 9th place overall. As did Bence Kotel, who despite a final round of 80 managed to hang on to a share of third place with Duran Gun who made up ground with a card of 76. Cameron Adam maintained his form and his round of 76 took second place one stroke back with an aggregate total of 230.

Plus two handicapper, thrirteen year-old Joshua Hill, who won the Under 12's title last year, showed his class and made up the three shot deficit of the second day, carding a quality round of 75, the best round of the day, to climb through the field and take the title on 229, one shot ahead of the chasing pack.

The South Moor GC Ladies Captain welcomed evryone to the club and thanked the many volunteers who had made the event possible under the most difficult of conditions. The championship is supported by the St. James Place Wealth Management Group and the prizes were presented by its representative Mike Kyle.

2017 Prize Winners

Winner: Joshua Hill

Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE

Joshua Hill with Roy Case

 

                            Mike Kyle of the sponsors St. James Place Wealth Management Group                         The Celtic Raiders    

                                                      presents the Under 12 Trophy to Joshua Berry                                        Team Trophy Winners

 

                                                                                                    Spectataors at the Prize Giving and around the 18th Green

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COMMENTS ON JOSHUA HILL

'Nice little bounce back with a win at the North of England [Under 14Junior Golf Open Championship] after his last poor and fatigued performance. A very mature, measured, controlled performance during three amazingly difficult days of golf !

It started off worse than his last performance, but continued to improve and finished with some of the best 'competitive' golf I have ever seen Josh play. We had hard greens and fairways, to soft greens and fairways, it rained so hard play was suspended, and a stupidly strong wind on the final day. On the last day Josh was three behind the leaders, and lost three shots in the the first three holes on the final day, due to some amazing golf being played. Josh said, 'What I was most happy with is that after a quadruple bogie at the first hole, I was able to pull things together.'

It was lovely to get Nana out on a buggy, so she could watch Josh for at least two days of the summer ! Thank you to South Moor Golf Club, and all the organisers, it always a great little venue and event !'

 

ST. JAMES'S PLACE WEALTH PARTNERSHIP AGREE SPONSORSHIP DEAL

Guy Carr of the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship is pleased to announce the St. James's Place Wealth Management Group is to become the prime sponsor of the Championship for 2017. In addition to addressing straightforward issues such as mortgages and insurance, the Group specialises in delivering face-to-face wealth management advice to individuals, trustees and businesses.Whatever your financial situation the St. James Partnership can help to resolve complex problems on your behalf.

5 February, 2017

 

CASE PUBLISHES SECOND BOOK - THE VICTORIAN PIONEERS

This appealing book reveals the story of a team of a dozen English cricketers which travelled to Canada and North America in 1859 to compete in the very first inter-continental sporting tour.

It tells of the early origins of the game and provides an intimate insight into the lives of some of the characters which influenced the early development of the Victorian game, including each of the players who bravely embarked on the perilous trans-Atlantic journey.

The book reveals comprehensive information about each of the matches played during the tour and subsequent developments which brought about radical changes in the governance of the game.

It provides an absorbing and informative read for the cricket enthusiast, and those with an interest in the early history of the English game.

Author:                      Roy Case

Published by:           AuthorHouse UK

                                   1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, Indiana 47403, USA

Telephone:                 0800 197 4150 [United Kingdom] Ext. 5255

Available from:         Amazon: Barnes & Noble:

Cost:                           ebook version:            £ 2.99              ISBN 978-1-5246-6458-9

                                     soft cover version:    £ 12.95          ISBN 978-1-5246-6459-6

                                     hard cover version:   £ 23.99          ISBN 978-1-5246-6457-2

OR THROUGH GOLF CONCEPTS LP

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Roy Case was born in the village of Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire at the start of the Second World War. He was educated at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Mansfield, following which he joined the Nottingham Forest Football Club where he worked for a short while as a professional footballer. Later on he joined the National Coal Board and qualified as a mining surveyor, before ultimately becoming the Managing Director of a large interior contracting company.

At the age of 55 he retired from work in order to devote his time to his true passion for sport, and golf in particular.

In 1982, whilst serving as the junior organiser at the Radcliffe on Trent Golf Club, he founded the McGregor Trophy, which was later adopted by England Golf, the governing body for amateur golf in England, as the English Boys [Under 16] Open Amateur Stroke-play Championship.

After serving for a number of years on several England Golf committees, he was presented with the Gerald Micklem Award in the Millennium year, for outstanding service to amateur golf, before finally being elected its President in 2008. He also served for more than a decade on the Great Britain & Ireland Boys Selection Committee of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.

A former Captain and President of the Radcliffe on Trent Golf Club, he was elected an honorary life-time member of the Club in 2000.

A keen follower of cricket, Case is a member of the Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians.

He has a daughter Sharon, and a son Shaun, who is a master golf professional living in Austria. The eldest of his two grandsons Adam is a film animator living in Manchester, and his youngest Tom is a doctor in Philadelphia, USA.

Other Publications:  The McGregor Story – The First Thirty Years

 

BARCLAY BROWN SELECTED FOR ENGLAND BOYS' 2017 COACHING SQUAD

The England boys’ squad for 2016/17 has a new look, with eight of the nine players selected for the first time.

Norfolk’s Toby Briggs  is the only player who was a member of last year’s squad.

He is joined by Yorkshire’s Barclay Brown, Gloucestershire’s Jack Cope, Hertfordshire’s Danny Daniels, Surrey’s Angus Flanagan, Michael Gilbert of Essex; Conor Gough and Kristian Tannum Donaldson of Berks, Bucks & Oxon; and Thomas Plumb of Dorset.

Collectively the players have an impressive record. Apart from a host of individual success, Briggs, Flanagan and Gilbert were all in England’s winning team at the Boys’ Home Internationals; Cope, Daniels and Tannum Donaldson were in the team which won the Canadian International Junior Challenge; and Brown, Gough and Plumb have been successful U16 internationals.

Barclay Brown, 15, [The Hallamshire] won the inaugural North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship at the South Moor Golf Club, County Durham, and shared the honours the following year. Last year Barclay was the leading U18 player at the North of England Youths’ championship and reached the match play stages of the British boys’ championship. The U16 boy international was joint runner-up in the Scottish U16 championship and 15th in the Italian U16 open. He won all six of his matches when representing Yorkshire in the English boys’ county finals.

                                                                                                                            Barclay Brown [The Hallamshire, South Yorkshire]

 

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.”

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.