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The Junior Golf Championships were held on Sunday at Mount Murray Golf Club in sunny but breezy conditions.
This competition is split into 5 categories with both boys and girls competing in the Under 18s and Under 14s but with an additional Under 16 category for the boys. Alongside these, there were 9 and 6 hole competitions for those coming up through the junior ranks but not quite there to compete in the main event.
In the 6-hole competition, it was local boy Callum Hunter who just pipped Emily Dooley (Douglas) on the last hole to take the victory. Both these young players had started 2017 playing in the Flag Competition and, having both achieved wins in this event, earned their junior handicaps enabling them to progress through the ranks of the Dandara Junior Order of Merit and play in more competitions.
Peel’s Dean Bettridge took the win in the 9-hole competition in great style with a fantastic score of 25 points from club-mate Ellis Dunn who earned 2nd place with 18 points. A handicap reduction is coming Dean’s way.
The Boys’ U14 Competition for the Will Kirkpatrick Trophy over 18 holes was another close game with Mount Murray’s Freddie Dancox on 88 gross just missing out on the win. Liam Kniveton from Peel retained the trophy for another year with a round of 87 gross. Best Nett on the day for this competition went to Sam Crawford (Mount Murray) with a 72.
The Boys’ U16 Competition for the Trustrum Cup, played over 36 Holes, certainly proved the value of local knowledge which shone through on the day with the top places going to home players. Freddie Dancox with rounds of 88 + 95 = 183 gross had to settle for 2nd place, whilst Tom Cain took the honours with rounds of 87 + 93 = 180. Best Nett again went to Sam Crawford with rounds of 72 + 75 = 147.
The Boys’ U18s Competition was for the Wyon Smith Trophy, again played over 36 holes. After the first round it was Rowany’s Jack Gilbert at the top of the leader board with a 74 gross over Douglas player, Tommy Fenlon, on 75. However, all was to change after the second round with Jack recording a 76 making his total 150 for the two rounds which wasn’t quite enough to stop Tommy claiming 1st place after shooting a second round of 72, taking his total for the two rounds to 147 and a great win.
The Girls’ U14 and U18 competitions are played over 18 holes and it was again a local player, Emma Noon, who took the honours in the U14s with a round of 96 gross. While Emma had to settle for 2nd place in the U18s as it was Peel’s Kayleigh Dawson, fresh from representing the Isle of Man in the Island Games, who took the win with a round of 81 gross. Best Nett for the U18 went to Emma Noon with a 72.
IOM Golf President, Dee Lewis and Mount Murray Captain, Alex Carine presented the prizes, expressing delight at the fanstastic scoring which shows such promise for the future and giving thanks to Mount Murray for hosting the event and to Dandara for their continued support of Junior Golf on the Island.
The next round of the Dandara Junior Order of Merit is Sunday 30th July at Douglas Golf Club. Please get your entries in early via your club's Junior Organisers.