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Young guns thrive at Park

PUBLISHED: 08:00 10 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:28 05 July 2010

Improving Rookery Park youngster Sarah Barker. PICTURE: DAVID BATLEY

Improving Rookery Park youngster Sarah Barker. PICTURE: DAVID BATLEY

WHILST the older, top Rookery Park juniors have been stealing the headlines with their golfing achievements, work goes on in the background giving weekly lessons and encouragement to the newer juniors, who are just starting out on their golfing careers.

WHILST the older, top Rookery Park juniors have been stealing the headlines with their golfing achievements, work goes on in the background giving weekly lessons and encouragement to the newer juniors, who are just starting out on their golfing careers.

Former club captain and Hambro star Simon Goldsmith, ably helped by Kevin Fitzgerald and county ladies' captain Lils James, take a large group of such youngsters for tuition concerning the basic swing, etiquette, rules and how to behave on and around the golf course.

It is all part of a national scheme called the Young Masters Golf Academy which caters for youngsters aged five to 18.

The scheme involves eight levels, from cadets to masters level four.

In a recent further development Mike Stevenson has organised a team from these latest recruits to participate in the Travis Perkins Triangular Trophy for higher handicap juniors.

The Rookery team of eight youngsters, boys and girls, competes against Bungay and Thorpeness for points based a team's four best scores per match.

The destination of the trophy this year depended on the very last match played at Rookery.

In a tense finish the home team proved victorious by a single point.

The overall result was Rookery 427 points, Thorpeness 426 and Bungay 402.

The Travis Perkins Trophy was presented by Paul George whilst additional sponsorship was provided by Rookery's Archie Maclean.

The Rookery youngsters involved in the matches were Kate Goldsmith, Jasmine Smith, Sarah Barker, Taylor Boyd, Ryan Grimmer, Chris Healey (captain), Macca Margotson, Guy Mummery, Cory Newland, Jordan Gissing, James Hogg, Calvin Sherwood and Patrick Fitzgerald.

The best Rookery score of the competition was the 44 points by Guy Mullery at Bungay.

Chris Healey produced scores of 40 points, with one birdie and 41 points with two birdies.

A number of the youngsters started their interest in the game through playing crazy golf.

They were all full of praise for the organisers of both the team and the weekly sessions.

As a first step towards any of the above activities, interested young people can attend Martin Elsworthy's Sunday beginners' sessions. It is true to say that junior golf is thriving at Rookery Park.

David Batley

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