Boys Under 16s become Midland League Champions!

The Henley GC

Warwickshire were the opponents for our final League match of the season. We approached the game knowing a win would secure the title.

Warwicks fielded what their manager, Simon Parsons, called their strongest possible team, so we knew a hard match lay ahead.

The lads all reported in early and ensured they hit balls prior to the Foursomes. Preparation seemed good, though throughout the day we would have a drive shaft go on a trolley, feet swell up badly with blisters due to new shoes, and a battery go midway through the second round! It was non-stop for Paul Wain and myself!

Sam and Dan went out first, but with Sam perhaps feeling the pace a little after a long day at Woodhall the day before, they were a little off their game and succumbed 3 and 2. The games behind rallied though with a superb 6 and 4 win for Tom Weeks and Louie Cole the highlight. Henry and Ben won through on the last but set against was a morale sapping defeat for Jack and Max, who were 2 up with 3 to play. We ensured a 3 – 2 lead going in to the singles as Tom and Matt secured a comfortable 4 and 3 win. A chat at lunch and we agreed Henry, as Captain, would lead the lads out in the afternoon.

He was off to a flier and won easily 5 and 4, matched by Sam, who beat his opponent in to submission and was 6 up with 7 to play. Jack followed this and was in the same position with 7 to play, also finally closing out 5 and 4. We wanted one win from Dan or Max to take the pressure off the back lads, and whilst Dan lost on the 18th to superb play from his opponent (Dan parred the last 7 but was 1 down over those holes), Max, as with Jack, came back superbly from the morning setback to claim a 2 and 1 win. We now needed one more point, and whilst Tom, Ben and Matt lost, Tom Weeks and Louie Cole were superb in winning their matches 5 and 4 and 3 and 2 respectively.

It was a great performance away from home on a difficult and long course, and was capped with a superb speech from Captain Henry, who thanked all, parents and players, for their commitment to the squad.

Special thanks go to the army of parents present on the day, for their continued support both in transporting the players and on the course.

The squad will now look to target a strong performance in the Under 16s County Cup in October and reset their goals for the next two years.


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Boys U16's v Staffordshire 2018

The Manor GC

A superb performance without exception, and one for which all the lads should be very proud. Right from the off there real intent on Saturday. It was a lousy day but everyone warmed up well and we were off to a flier with comfortable foursomes wins at the top of the order, capped by a great win at the bottom from Harvey Sands and Tom Bennett – a 1 up win that only finished after 6 of the singles matches were out on the course!

The singles matches saw a superb victory in a tight match at the top for Henry, holing a 7 ft putt on the last after his opponent had holed from 40 ft, to win 1up. Wins from Ben and Jack saw close in on the 4 points needed, but it was particularly warming to see both Tom Weeks and League debutant James Lambert close out their matches after losing their foursomes match earlier. All the despite the Staffs players being off a lower handicap in every singles match.

It was a thoroughly deserved result. On to Warwickshire for the final League fixture of the season next Sunday, knowing that a win will secure the title.


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Under 16's v Staffordshire


The match against Staffordshire has been moved to:

Saturday 9th September at Onneley Golf Club, Bar Hill Road, Onneley, Near Crewe CW3 9QF



I am delighted to report a fantastic win today in a friendly against a strong Cheshire team at Marple GC, by 10 points to 8.

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The morning foursomes were split 3-3 and we went in to the singles knowing we would have to be at our best. Our average handicap was 6.5; theirs was 3.6, so an average difference of 3 per player. They had 4 players off 1 handicap at the front.

The tone was set by Captain Tom Mooney who led from the front with a superb 7 and 6 victory against a 1 handicapper. Though Jacob lost, Matt Bedford was brilliant under pressure to win 1 up and Reece Swain saw off a determined challenge to win his match 3 and 2, the highlight a 4 iron to 4 feet from 230 yards for a match winning birdie on the 15th. Dan came up against a strong opponent to lose, but behind him Sam came back from 3 down after 3 to win 2 and 1 with some dominating golf. Henry and Jack both lost narrowly to leave the match tied but Max closed out an incredible fortnight to win 3 and 2, and though Josh lost, news came through that Matt had won 3 and 2 in the back match. That left Kallis, all square on the 18th tee, to halve or win the last for the match. The confidence he has gained in own ability was clear for all to see as he won the last with a ‘cool as you like’ par to give us a 7-5 singles win and the match by 10-8.

Well done all!

My thanks to all the parents for your support, and to the lads for the way you supported each other. Tom spent more time spectating than he did playing (!), and the scene on the last was memorable with the whole team giving Kallis great support. Thanks too, to Paul and Michelle for giving up their day to watch, support and cajole.

The Under 18s have now finally finished their season and I wish them well over the summer. The under 16s meet up again on July 10th at Kedleston and then on to the first League match against S and H at Market Drayton on the 30th July.

John Barker

Partnership Development Manager
Bolsover District School Sport Partnership

Midland County Cup Under 16

A very disappointing day yesterday at the 6 Man Midland County Cup. Although, when adding up combined handicaps, we should have finished 9th, and actually finished 8th, our expectations were higher than this going in to the event.

With an almost full strength team (Sam was missing on D of E duty) we showed that we still have a long way to go on our journey. We were not able to deal with the combination of very difficult and windy conditions and a very difficult course, and most players, with the exceptions of Max and Dan, played well below their ability levels.

In fairness, we have some time on our side as we only lose Kallis next season, and were the second youngest team at the event, but there is much hard work ahead this winter if we want to reach the heights of this squad being almost the best in the Midlands at Under 14 level only just over a year ago. I am confident that the guys can rise to the challenge ahead, and maybe such as yesterday will stop any assumptions, if there were any, that this will just happen.

We have a chance to bounce back and avoid bottom spot in the league we entertain Warwickshire on Friday at Breadsall in what will be our last match of the season and our only home one!  

The scores can be seen on the link below (external site) 

Individual Results
Team Results

John Barker

Partnership Development Manager
Bolsover District School Sport Partnership

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