Junior Golf Workshop

 'The Juniors: Their Future is our Future -- Grasp the Nettle!'

The 15th Gloucestershire Junior Seminar was held at Minchinhampton Golf Club on Friday 7th February. More than 65 people, including for the first time several juniors, attended the event which was hosted by the Gloucestershire County Golf Partnership.

Partnership Chairman, Malcolm Lewis, was delighted with the evening, commenting

“It really got 2014 off to a good start. The keynote speaker was  John May, Secretary General of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Association who was excellent in setting out the key systemic factors affecting the demographic impacts of the various generations.  The dramatic impact of technology, coupled with the ability for getting instant access and gratification, is having serious implications for society. In turn this is going to affect the way in which golf clubs and England Golf go about engaging with these younger generations; falling numbers may be a start for a systems change of how we approach matters.”

 “Mark Boscott of The Golf Foundation highlighted some very useful case studies for how clubs might assess additional support and funding while Sharon Heeley, our  Regional Development officer  from England Golf ,spoke with great confidence and encouragement on the Partnership Support Packages that could be combined with Golf Foundation.”

An hour long ‘World Café Dialogue Session’ followed. Feedback from this is currently being collated ready for the next Partnership committee meeting.

Mark Powell, GGU Junior Organiser & England SW Regional Coaching Manager , underlined the essential nature of this annual event ensuring “linkage in junior organisation across the county. John May, our guest speaker, reminded us all how we need to align our engagement with the juniors of today with how they think differently to us.  It was also a welcome change this year that several boy and girl juniors attended and really got us thinking about their requirements. All in all a very thought provoking evening, reminding us how we must develop to remain relevant.”

Resources available to the Junior Organisers on the night were:  Junior Organisers’ Handbooks, The Partnership Resource CD and a new publication, Who wants to play Golf? written especially for our very young newcomers.

Both our Development Officers, Debbie Casling for the County and Sharon Heeley for the Region, were more than pleased with the response – and look forward to the delgates becoming involved with National Golf Month in May.



Two of the Discussion Groups


 John May.  Presentation





21st April 2014

Gloucester GC Junior Organiser, Colleen Seymour, is over the moon ... again!  Her team won the County Junior Club Championship, played at Gloucester GC on Good Friday, for the second successive year.

Next stop ... Woodhall Spa in August to defend their National Champion's title!

Congratulations and Good Luck!

The team with Colleen Seymour & Club Captain, Chris Wagstaff.









For immediate release
Monday 12th August 2013 

Gloucester boys add to county's success on the Bracken



Being off big numbers didn’t prove a handicap to Gloucester’s youngsters, if fact it helped them to come out on top comfortably in the Junior Champion Club over the Bracken course at Woodhall Spa.

Their line-up of 17-year-old twins, Edward and Will Andrews, and Tom Bebber added 76 Stableford points to their opening round 86 for a tally of 162, which no one came close to matching.

The trio finished seven points ahead of runners-up Ifield from Sussex with Breadsall Priory from Derbyshire third on 154.

The victory meant Gloucester, with a combined handicap of 58, became the third club from their county to win the title in 12 years of the event, following the triumphs of Knowle in 2006 and 2008. On top of that, St Edwards School from Cheltenham won the English Schools Team Championship over the same circuit a few weeks earlier so the Bracken is becoming a happy hunting ground for Gloucestershire sides.

The club’s junior organiser Colleen Seymour, also the club secretary, said: “I am completely overwhelmed with what the boys have done. This is a big fillip for the club.”

A stiff breeze made conditions more testing than on the previous day while the already tricky greens had hardened, but it didn’t blow Gloucester off course and their second day 76 was equalled only by the Stoke Park threesome.

Will Andrews, off 23 handicap, amassed 38 points as did 19-handicap Bebber to give Gloucester their winning total, while Edward Andrews’ 34, off 16, did not count.

The ironic thing about Gloucester’s success was that they did it without their junior captain Shay Morgan, who left himself out of their line-up because he was out of form, Bebber taking his place.

“After what the boys have done, leaving myself out was the best thing I could have done,” he said. “I thought we might have a chance but I didn’t take anything for granted before we arrived here.

“But after the boys scored 86 points in the first round I really felt confident. But I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night.”

Edward Andrews was just bemused with what he and his team-mates had achieved. “I can’t believe it and it is going to take some time to sink in,” he admitted.

“Our club only has ten junior members which I believe is one of the smallest in Gloucestershire and in this competition and our lowest junior handicap is nine. “After what we’ve done I’m expecting the red carpet when we get back,” he joked.

Ifield began the second round in third spot but Louis Harrison, off eight, and five handicap Charlie Hilton both returned 37 points to climb into second place, while 43 points from five handicap William Davidson and 37 from Samuel Capewell, off 18, steered Breadsall Priory into the prizes.

The second round had none of the highlights of the first which contained an albatross and a hole-in-one. Harry Burt, from the Wrekin, who achieved the albatross, took bogey on his second visit to the fourth hole, while Tom Fenton from Bramall Park, the ‘ace’ boy of round one, secured a par three in round two.





 Good Friday 2013

Junior Team Championships

 Even freezing temperatures could not deter the 77 youngsters taking part in last week’s County Junior Team Championships (Good Friday) at Forest Hills Golf Club. That they could play at all , as the course had been under snow for the best part of the week, was due to the magic worked by the greens staff.

The 36-hole competition brought fine individual scores and an exciting  team finish with Gloucester 2 finally taking the top spot. Their prize is a trip to Woodhall Spa on 10/11 August to represent Gloucestershire against the 34 other English Counties over 36 holes in a two day event. The winner of that event goes on to represent England at the European Junior Team Championships in Southern Europe later in the year.

Gloucester’s Junior Organiser Colleen Seymour was ‘ecstatic’!

“Right now I am on cloud nine,” she said, “But I shall have to come down soon and start fund raising to get these young men to Woodhall Spa!”


L-R: GGU President David Windebank, the winning team members Edward Andrews, Matt Ridler & Will Andrews & GLCGA President Marion Jackson.

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Schools' Championships

The Avon Schools' Championships were held at The Bristol GC on 15th April.


The Champions -- Ebonie Lewis & Ben Amor

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Girls' Results

 Gloucestershire Schools' Championships: Results 

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