Garnett on Golf: Great to see St Audry’s and Ufford Park promote the game

Winners at the first St Audrys-Ufford Park junior event of the year. Photograph: CONTRIBUTED

Winners at the first St Audrys-Ufford Park junior event of the year. Photograph: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

It’s great to see clubs working together to promote the game of golf. The close link which has been developed between Ufford Park and St Audry’s is a case in point.

Juniors and new golfers, who may have had lessons at Ufford Park, are more suited to playing on the shorter St Audry’s nine-hole course until their skill and confidence improves.

St Audry’s host a monthly junior event, with prizes for three age-groups, which is organized by Ufford Park PGA professional Daniel Scriabin and head professional Stuart Robertson.

Last week was the first of the season. It is run on similar lines to the well-established junior tournaments at Stonham Barns. Care has been taken to ensure that there is no clash of dates so that juniors can enter at both venues.

St Audry’s junior events will be on April 23, May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 22 and November 19.

March Junior results: Under 10: George Swallow 44-20-24, Michael Kirk 60-27-33, Joel Thompson 63-27-36, Toby Jackson 69-27-42. Under 12: Fraser Johnson 37-11-26 (best gross), Adam Wade 49=20-29, Jake Mayhew 58-25-33, Oliver King 50-15-35. Under 15: Liam Huxley 52-27-25, Charlie Parsons 54-27-29, Ben Huxley 56-27-29, Jonno Gooding 50-21-29, Jude Spivey Green 43-13-30, Grace Fricker 49-16-33, Gregor Davidson 52-18-34, Alfie Gee 62-27-35, Maddison Ruffles 56-20-36, Henry Jackson 63-27-36, Harry Moore 64-25-39.

St Audry’s now have a junior section. They are also running a Get Into Golf taster day for adults and families on Tuesday, August 1 with a six-lesson programme run by the Ufford Park professionals. Hopefully they will enjoy the experience and stick with the game.

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Links between Newton Green and Old Joes’s Golf Range are already proving fruitful. It’s the way forward.

- The Europro Tour first qualifier takes place at six venues on Wednesday and Thursday of next week. Most players from the East of England will be taking their chances over the Constable Course at Stoke by Nayland.

Jamie Abbott (Ipswich), who has done so well on the Jamega Tour, should be among the leaders.

Jack Clarke of The Rayleigh Club, a former East Anglian champion, and former Braintree junior James Scade have the necessary experience as do Stuart Brown and Ben Kerr, regulars on the East Region circuit.

Younger challengers, not long out of the amateur ranks, include Ben David from Colchester, Mitchel Sarling from Boyce Hill, Elliott Oxlade from Chelmsford and Daniel Traher of Thetford. David and Oxlade have been playing in the Mena Tour in the Middle East and Morocco.

Suffolk amateur Chris Bartrum of Diss is testing the water at this level. Those near the top of the leader board go forward to the final three-round qualifier at Frilford Heath between April 5 and 7 where they will meet up with Hugo Dobson (Woodbridge), Ben Rawsthorne (Bawburgh), Mason Papple (Stock Brook) and David Woodhead of Hessle who had a spell playing at Newton Green as a junior.

Chris Soanes of Rookery Park has opted for the Players Club, near Bristol while players who have played against Suffolk in the Anglian League, will be playing as professionals at Mannings Heath. They include James Reeson (Cambridgeshire) and Harrison Woan (Leicestershire). Leicestershire’s Jevann Parmar will be at Caversham Heath.

Jamie Moul (Stoke by Nayland) took a winter break from competitive golf but hopes to come back fresh in the Jamega Tour.

- Entries for the Rushmere Vase, the first Suffolk Golf Union order of merit event of the year, are starting to arrive. Among them are Newton Green secretary-manager Ben Tawell, a former Rushmere Stenson Shield player, and Russell Oakey from the same club.

Scratch winner Nathan Overton of Woodbridge and handicap winner Chris Duffy of Gorleston have until the deadline of March 31 to enter for the event to be played on April 9. The entry fee is £40, including lunch. The handicap limit is 12.

Rushmere, in common with clubs all over the country, are striving to attract new lady golfers. Professional Kelvin Vince is hosting a free get into golf session on Saturday, April 8 from 2pm. Contact Kelvin on 01473 728076 to book a place.

- Nathan Overton is captain of the Woodbridge Stenson Shield team, the holders. They will be without at least two of last year’s finalists. Jasper Johnson and James Tyler have elected to bid for a place in the Ipswich team.

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