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Talented youngsters win Skills Challenge National Final

06 09 2014
Skills Final Winners

Eight talented youngsters have been crowned 2014 champions of England Golf’s National Skills Challenge, supported by FootJoy, the #1 Shoe and Glove in Golf.

They won their titles today at The National Golf Centre, Woodhalll Spa, where the facilities are among the best in Europe.

The event was contested by 32 young golfers, who were among 1200 youngsters who started out in the competition. The finalists had all taken part in two official challenge events at their golf clubs earlier in the year and then won through one of four regional finals.

They showed off fantastic skills at putting, chipping, bunker, pitching and long game skills, with some great scores achieved on the challenging set-up on the famous short game academy.

The 2014 champions (image © Leaderboard Photography) are:

Rookie 8 years and under
Boys’ winner – Jack Dark, Churston Golf Club, Devon
Girls’ Winner – Grace Bowen, Gaudet Luce Golf Club, Worcestershire

Rookie 9 to 11 years
Boys’ winner – Curtis Done, Heysham Golf Club, Lancashire
Girls’ winner – Christine Rumbelow, Easingwold Golf Club, Yorkshire

Tour 12 to 14 years
Boys’ winner – Joshua Ashton, Tapton Park Golf Club, Derbyshire
Girls’ winner – Heide Wellman, Southport Golf Academy, Lancashire

Tour 15 to 17 years
Boys’ winner- James Dury, Gaudet Luce Golf Club, Worcestershire
Girls’ winner – Clare Wilkie, Aspley Guide & Woburn Sands Golf Club

The National Skills Challenge, which aims to make practice fun for young golfers, is one of a host of England Golf initiatives which support junior golf. It is now in its eighth year and continues to progress with 850 clubs registered and over 6500 juniors involved nationwide.

England Golf are delighted that FootJoy, the #1 Shoe and Glove in Golf, has continued to support the National Skills Challenge in 2014 and kindly donated products and prizes to the qualifiers and winners.

Russell Lawes, FootJoy Marketing Manager, said: "Grass roots golf is immensely important in making golf more accessible to individuals and we are committed to supporting the stars of tomorrow.

“This is a fantastic initiative that provides a fun and easy way for junior golfers to improve all aspects of their game in an extremely well organised, enjoyable and relaxed environment.

“2014 has been another extremely successful year and we at FootJoy would like to congratulate not only just the winners but all junior golfers who participated in this fantastic event. We are proud to assist such a great programme”.

Richard Flint, England Golf Participation & Club Support Director, said: “Every year we are amazed and impressed by the golfing talent shown by our finalists.

“The Skills Challenge is a great way for clubs to inspire young golfers to improve and we’d like to see even more clubs represented, giving their juniors an opportunity to take part and potentially qualify for the regional and national finals.”

The National Skills Challenge is an initiative provided by England Golf. For more information on the National Skills Challenge click here.

Caption: National Skills Challenge winners (from left) Jack Dart, Grace Bowen, Clare Wilkie, Heide Wellman, Joshua Ashton, James Drury, Curtis Done and Christina Rumbelow.

The following players qualified for the 2014 National Final:

Rookie 8 years and under
Jamie Burchell – Cranfield Golf Centre, Essex
Alfred Anderson – Hornsea Golf Club, Yorkshire
Cameron Wood – Tapton Park Golf Club, Derbyshire
Jack Dart - Churston Golf Club Ltd, Devon
Saskia Jones – Farnham Golf Club, Surrey
Amy Staveley – Kirkbymoorside Golf Club, Yorkshire
Holly Waterfield – Lutterworth Golf Club, Leicestershire
Grace Bowen - Gaudet Luce Golf Club, Worcestershire

Rookie 9 to 11 years
Harry Wood – Langdon Hills Golf Club, Essex
Curtis Done – Heysham Golf Club, Lancashire
Chanon James – Kenilworth Golf Club, Warwickshire
Sam Trott - Weymouth Golf Club, Dorset
Molly Dixon – Betchworth Park Golf Club, Surrey
Christina Rumbelow – Easingwold Golf Club, Yorkshire
Emily Weaver – Burghill Valley Golf Club, Herefordshire
Rebecca Whitehouse - Gaudet Luce Golf Club, Worcestershire

Tour 12 to 14 years
Joe Platt – Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands Golf Club, Bedfordshire
Tom Thornton – Flamborough Head Golf Club, Yorkshire
Joshua Ashton – Tapton Park Golf Club, Derbyshire
Mark Rankin - Weymouth Golf Club, Dorset
Maura Burns Zaragoza - Fairlop Waters Golf Club, Essex
Heide Wellman - Southport Golf Academy, Lancashire
Georgina Sockett - Burghill Valley Golf Club, Herefordshire
Lexi Dart - Churston Golf Club, Devon

Tour 15 to 17 years
Harvey Platt – Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands Golf Club, Bedfordshire
Matthew Bargh – Heysham Golf Club, Lancashire
Robert Miller – Bakewell Golf Club, Derbyshire
James Drury - Gaudet Luce Golf Club, Worcestershire
Clare Wilkie – Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands Golf Club, Bedfordshire
Georgina Hirst – Flamborough Head Golf Club, Yorkshire
Meggan Gee – The Warwickshire Golf & Country Club, Warwickshire
Jessica Francis - Churston Golf Club, Devon
 

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