July 15, 2016

22 Junior Golfers complete Ray Lowe Sporting Foundation Junior Golf Tour

The Ray Lowe Sporting Foundation Junior Golf Tour started 4 years ago with the aim of creating and promoting inter club golf for all junior island golfers. Regardless of what tee they played off and club the young player was a member of the aim was to provide an opportunity for all players to compete together.

Over the years the tour has offered junior players of all ages, abilities and genders the chance to play against each other in a friendly competition format. This included playing on courses at L’Ancresse, La Grand Mare and St Pierre Park.

Mike Goddard, the Chairman of the Guernsey Golf Union Junior Subcommittee (TBC), said “the tour has engendered co-operation and a new common goal among the clubs that promote junior golf. The competition has provided a platform upon which we can build upon in the future.” He outlined that the clubs intend to play a lot more inter club competitions where they play against other players their age, continue to test their skills on different courses and compete on a more regular basis.

Whilst the competition format in its current state may not be repeated in years to come, the organisers of this event are sure that the trophies awarded in memory of Ray Lowe, one of the Island’s most talented Golfers, will be played for annually for years to come.

At the end of the competition Karen New and Steve Turvey represented the trustees from the Ray Lowe Sporting Foundation and attend the prize giving and congratulated all of the young golfers who took part. Steve thanked everyone who was instrumental in helping to put on this fabulous event which has run over the past few months in a number of competitions running in tandem.

He highlighted that whilst the weather wasn’t too kind to the young players on this last day of competition, the junior golfers did themselves proud and posted very respectable scores despite the conditions. He thanked the friends and family who helped to transport the junior players to the various competitions held on the different courses around the island and without them the competition wouldn’t have happened.

The Winner of the Blue Tees competition was James Troop. Alex Gough came out ontop of the Red Tees competition whilst Ollie Chedhomme finished in 1st position in the White Tee competition.

Competition report is as follows: 22 Juniors took part in the 3rd and final leg of the Ray Lowe Sporting Foundation Junior Golf Tour which was hosted by Royal Guernsey Golf Club on Sunday 3rd  July in damp damp and windy conditions.

Winner of the White Tee Trophy was Ollie Chedhomme who amassed 99 points over his 3 rounds to win by 8 points from Josh Hamon with Rory Mckenna placing 3rd.

Despite losing a ball with his first shot of the day and scoring no points Ollie played solidly for the next 11 holes where he had 5 net birdies at the 4th,6th,9th 10th and 11th.He didn’t score a point for the next 3 holes but produced a strong finish by scoring 7 points for the last 3 holes for an overall total of 34 points for his round.

Alex Gough won the Red Tee Trophy with 105 points for his 3 rounds to beat Ollie Parsons by 3 points with Jamie Falla finishing in 3rd place.

Alex played consistent golf throughout his round , only failing to score on one hole , the sixth but made up for this with a great birdie 4 on the 9th for 4 points to get to 19 points for his front 9.

On the back 9 he scored on every hole and had net birdies at the11th,12th and 16th to come home in 18 points.

James Troop placed 1st in two legs of the Tour and joint second in the third and final leg to win The Ray Lowe Sporting Foundation Blue Tee Tour Trophy from Chloe Gaudion who was runner up and Emily Bray who was 3rd.”