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AGM Junior Report

Friday, November 29, 2019

The Norfolk talent pathway along with excellent coaching has resulted in some fabulous golf and the development of our juniors.

A group of our Juniors have received excellent coaching from Paul Ashwell at St. Ives. His manner and experience are second to none and the information gleaned from him is invaluable in match play. Paul encouraged the girls to do meaningful practice throughout their season.

Well done to Chloe Gibbs and Eve Neild of Royal Norwich who were selected last year and again this year, to receive England Golf coaching. Both players were involved in beating all the other golf Academies when they met up to play during the year.

Well done also to Chloe Tarbard and Nellie Ong have been successful in their applications for 2020 England Golf Coaching and will join the other two players at Stoke-by-Nayland. Hopefully their skill level and management of their game will become stronger.

Eve Neild has played some excellent golf this year and her 3rd place at Fulford ( being the top English U16 player to finish) was a highlight. Eve is the Norfolk Schools’ Champion and she also qualified for the Abraham Trophy as a Regional Winner.

In our Spring Event, Ruby Patterson took the honours at Royal Norwich. In the Junior Championship at Middleton Hall, Hope Neild became our Norfolk Champion. Maisie Farrelly from Dereham won the Fowler Trophy with old girl from last year, Immy Leeder. The Young Cup was won by Lilia Copeman and her partner Jo from Bawburgh at Dereham. In the Autumn meeting at Gt. Yarmouth and Caister, Rebecca Chesterman took the title.

Junior County Match Days at Wensum in August pitched us against some of the Regions best players. Our girls produced some impressive golf and our Runner Up spot behind Herts, was well deserved. Many thanks to Nickie Clarke, the Junior Committee and Wesum Valley Golf Club for a superbly organised event, doing Norfolk proud. Next year’s venue is Ufford Park in Suffolk and our girls, I am sure, will do us proud and push for that top spot!

We have played a few friendlies where players have continued to hone their games, use the new rules and learn correct golf etiquette. Thanks go to Royal West Norfolk, Eaton and Feltwell for challenging our girls to a match on their courses. This gives valuable playing experience to our Juniors.

Our Winter Training with Tony Varney at Mattishall Golf Club was popular and well supported in all weathers over four sessions, averaging over 20 players at each. We learnt about appropriate food for sport, how to keep hydrated and some appropriate stretches to use. This year we hope to learn appropriate pilates exercises for our core that can help improve distance in your play. The main message from Tony is that in all that you do, it is important that you practice whenever you can in your busy schedules. It will be exciting to see the new developments planned for Mattishall in the future.

Special congratulations to Chloe Gibbs and Eve Neild who were called up to play for England against Ireland at Hunstanton. A very special day for them both and what an experience!

Many thanks to Hope Neild, our Junior Captain who has led by example this year. She is a talented player who has encouraged all those around her. Her enthusiasm, patience and drive to do well has been infectious.

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