North Wilts GC is proud to promote Junior Golf and is recognised as a high achieving English Golf Union GOLFMARK club. The Club visits local schools taking the message that golf is fun and can be enjoyed by everyone.
North Wilts regularly takes golf coaching into its local primary schools and their Key Stage 2 pupils have visited the club for festivals of golf.
Junior coaching sessions run regularly from April to November and are open to everyone aged 6 to 16 with all equipment provided for those new to golf and no prior booking required. Coaching is led by PGA Professional Barry Forster, supported by PGA level 1 volunteer coaches and Young Golf Leaders from among the older junior members. All adult helpers hold DBS certificates and have attended courses for safeguarding and protecting children.
9.00 - 10.00
Advanced Group of members with handicaps
10.15 - 11.15
Intermediate Group, some members and some with a good deal of coaching experience
11.30 - 12.30
JUNIOR OPEN 2017
JUNIOR OPEN – THURSDAY 26 OCTOBER
For the second year in succession, thick fog delayed the start of the Junior Open. With a capacity field of 72 junior golfers, this was especially frustrating; but, once it got under way half an hour later than scheduled, it was excellent golfing weather – a bit a of drizzle, but not cold and virtually without wind!
21 juniors with handicaps up to 20, played a medal round and 6 returned scores below par nett. The best score was returned by JORDAN RAWLINGS from North Wilts, with a nett 62. The Junior Open Champion 2017 was KYLE CAMPBELL from Wrag Barn with a gross 74.
There were also 21 players in the stableford for handicaps 21 – 40, and, again, 5 returned scores better than par. A huge 49 points won the Tiny Spires Trophy for ELEANOR HARVEY, North Wilts.
The 10-hole short course competition was played by 30 junior golfers aged 7-12 and there were some great rounds of golf in this event too – Wiltshire golf in the future looks promising! 8 year old MATTHEW HEADFORD from Broome Manor was the overall winner, but only on a very detailed countback from TOBY SPEDDING, also 8 & also from Wrag Barn.
An amazing 18 adults helped the whole thing to happen: on the registration desk, as starters, as ball spotters, as walkers with each of the high handicap groups & the short course players and battling the computer system to get scores entered & processed. The bar & kitchen worked valiantly to cope with coke & chips again and again, and the office continued to support the whole event right from producing the entry sheet to coping with Club V1 helpline as the computer system did its best to frustrate. What a club we all belong to!
JUNIOR RYDER CUP SEPTEMBER 2017
WHAT A FINISH....!
On a day that started windy but sunny, included a hail storm and ended with thunder, the Junior Ryder Cup on 9th September went down to the final green in the final match. The Vice-Captain’s “Team America” secured a 1 up win to tie the whole event 12 points each.
The morning foursomes had given the Captain’s “Team Europe” a decisive lead, winning three of the four matches, but the Vice-Captain’s team came back in the afternoon singles.
In true Ryder Cup tradition, the Captain’s team retain the shield from their victory in 2016. Well done to all who took part and got so involved in the day.
JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS JULY 2017
BOYS WCGU CHAMPIONSHIPS MAY 2017
James Black produced some amazing golf in the 36 Hole Wiltshire Junior Boys championships held at North Wilts on 31st May 2017. James, who has been a Junior at North Wilts since he was 11 years old, only lost out on the fourth extra hole in a play-off with Joe Retford (Cumberwell Park)
GIRLS OPEN MAY 2017
ADULT/JUNIOR OPEN APRIL 2017 List of Prizewinners below
LATEST NEWS FROM JUNIORS - SEPT 2016
Wiltshire Girls have named their squads for 2017 and four of our girls are included! Gemma Phillips and Daisy Perrett are in Development, Abigail Coulson in Performance and Eleanor Harvey in Elite 2.
The boys have yet to decide on selection for their squads: but - we can say "well done" to James Black and Brad Smith for their achievements in the Wiltshire Junior Order of Merit. Brad was runner-up in the Under 14 Gross and 3rd in the Nett, while James was runner-up in both Gross and Nett Under 16s! Sept 2016
ADULT & JUNIOR COMPETITION - APRIL 2016
WINNERS OF THE ADULT & JUNIOR COMPETITION
JUNIOR WEEK - APRIL 2016
Last week the club gave 25 youngsters the chance to try out all aspects of golf last week at the club. Supported by the club’s Young Golf Leaders & other club members, small groups of the children aged 5 to 14 developed putting & striking skills as well as playing three holes specially set up for them.
So many children showed promise that we had trouble choosing which five could make good use of free membership for the rest of the season; but, in the end these went to: Ozzie Reed, Daisy Perrett, Samuel McGibbon and Harry Burton.
Such was the enthusiasm of the entire group that half of them came along to the regular 11.30 coaching group on the following Saturday and many are looking towards junior membership as well as winning the majors in about twenty years time!!
GIRLS OPEN - MARCH 2016
GIRLS GOLF SHINES!
The golf and the sun were both shining on Wednesday 30 March for the North Wilts Girls’ Open. Although the number of entries was down, girls from across Wiltshire, Hampshire, Berkshire & Bristol really enjoyed the day and showed their considerable potential. Twelve girls aged 7 to 11 played the 10-hole short course, with six lady members to help them & make sure they had fun. The competition was won by 9 year old ELLIE HARE from Whitley, with Niamh Cripps from Broome Manor the best 9 & over and Molly Kemery from Knowle winning in the under 9s. The 18-hole stableford for higher handicaps was won by Chloe Lloyd, also from Knowle, with 35 points. The medal round for lower handicaps saw Jess Baber from Knowle third, Hattie Dunn from Salisbury & South Wilts second and the Open Girls’ Champion was OLIVIA BANNON from Broome Manor winning with 96-21-75. As always the club members did a great job supporting these young golfers – everyone agreeing it was a pleasure to see the girls’ beautiful swings and their delight in playing!