Organisers of the Horsham Junior Golf Challenge are hoping for an increased entry in 2013 after this year’s event went down to the wire.
The winners were decided after a nervy sixth and final round of the summer-long competition which was hosted at Horsham Golf & Fitness, Cottesmore and Rookwood.
Competitiors were split into two age groups, under-nines and under-13s, with Isaac Peate (38) and Joshua Greig (48 points) - who played in the under-`13s although eligible for the under-nines the winners of their respective age groups. In the under-nines, Kai Stevens was runner-up with Ben Powell third, and in the under-13s Cameron James-Gibson pipped Henry James-Gibson to second spot.
Meanwhile, Lauren Palmer was named the Putting Challenge winner.
One of the highlights of the tournament saw under-13s winner Grieg record a hole-in-one at Rookwood.
Organised by Horsham District Council’s Leisure Link team, the Challenge will be back next year.
Paul Taylor, of Leisure Link, said at the presentation ceremony held last Wednesday: “Some of the golf seen in the tournaments has been absolutely outstanding. The top three places were incredibly close with regards to shots taken and the winner wasn’t decided until the 6th and final tournament. We will now sit down and work out the format for next years’ challenge with hopefully more entrants from boys and girls.”
And Lauren, one of only two girls to enter across either age group, wants to take the boys on next time.
She said: At the moment I just play golf for fun and don’t really mind if I don’t win, some of the boys are really good and can hit the ball really far. I might start having lessons though because I’d quite like to win a trophy.”
Anyone interested in taking part in next year’s Junior Golf Challenge should call 01403 215637 or email firstname.lastname@example.org