The summer long Argyll & Bute ClubGolf Junior Order of Merit reached its conclusion with the Grand Final at the spectacular Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club this weekend.
The summer long Argyll & Bute ClubGolf Junior Order of Merit
reached its conclusion with the Grand Final at the spectacular
Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club this weekend.
Fifteen year old Chris Richmond, who along with a dozen Cowal
Golf Club mates made the long trip down the Mull of Kintyre on
Saturday, finished the series as Scratch winner, three points ahead
of Port Bannatyne's Matthew Dunn.
"Winning the Order of Merit was the big highlight for me this
season," said the Dunoon teenager afterwards.
"I won the qualifying events at Cowal and also at Rothesay and I
finished second or third at the Dunes which brought me a few good
"It's a good achievement to win, which has topped off a good
season where I got down from handicap 9 to 5."
Chris has benefitted from Cowal Golf's ClubGolf Stage 1
programme and his progression has been supported by Argyll and Bute
Golf Union, who have paid for professional lessons with Colin
Fisher at the World of Golf. Meanwhile, at the club he
supports the volunteer coaches teach the next generation of juniors
during the winter.
Chris' father, the club's junior convenor Crawford Richmond,
typifies the volunteer spirit having encouraged his juniors to
compete in three order of merit series this summer; one at the
club, a second at the Tail o' The Bank League over at Inverclyde,
in addition to the ClubGolf series.
"We have had a busy time with a lot of travelling about, but the
boys get a lot out of it," said Crawford.
"We have a strong section of between 15 and 20 boys and I'm
quite willing to take them away for competitions. I would
like to encourage more younger children to play and take part in
our indoor winter coaching at the club. We have winter nets
and mats and we use Cayman golf balls."
The Argyll & Bute ClubGolf Junior Order of Merit was new to
the calendar in 2011, and in year two it has grown in every
respect. Six clubs hosted qualifying events this summer and
57 juniors with handicaps ranging from +2 up to 36 scored points in
at least one. Of the 10 clubs that took part in the Grand
Final, eight deliver ClubGolf Coaching.
Four of the golf clubs that hosted a Qualifying Event also ran a
ClubGolf Flag Event for children participating in ClubGolf coaching
but not yet with a handicap, the aim being to show the
juniors how they can progress into the main Categories next
year when they get a handicap.
Like Chris, many of the 39 juniors competing at Machrihanish
were from ClubGolf programmes across the region. The other
series winners at Machrihanish were Port Bannatyne Golf Club's
Matthew Dunn for Handicaps Scratch-18. Lewis Poole from
Rothesay Golf Club was the Handicaps 19-36 winner.
The top Scratch winner on the day at Machrihanish, with a score
of 1 under par Gross was Robert MacIntyre from Glencruitten
GC. The best Net score of the day was Cowal's Arran
Downie who shot 63 Nett, 9 under the par for the course.
"I'm delighted that the Order of Merit has run for a second
consecutive year and that it has grown in size," said Colin Bell,
ClubGolf Regional Manager for Argyll & Dunbartonshire.
"There has been an increase in children participating in the
Qualifying Events at golf clubs across Argyll & Bute from last
year and more children participating in the Grand Final too.
"This is down to the continued hard work of volunteers and
coaches at the clubs across the area who organise, encourage and
coach children at their club. They also give up a lot of their time
transporting their enthusiastic juniors around to events and many
of them have hosted their own Junior Open qualifying event too.
"There are now ClubGolf junior coaching programmes available in
almost every golf club within Argyll & Bute, so any interested
children and parents should get in touch with their local club and
find out what's on offer."
Prize Winners - Argyll & Bute ClubGolf Junior Order
of Merit Grand Final (22nd Sept 2012)
Prizes for the round at Machrihanish
Scratch Winner- Robert MacIntyre (Glencruitten)
Gross: 71 (-1)
Handicaps Scr-18 Winner -Scott Dunn (Port
Bannatyne) Nett: 70
Handicaps Scr-18 2nd Place -Fraser
Thomson (Cowal) Nett: 71
Handicaps Scr-18 3rd Place -Matthew
Dunn (Port Bannatyne) Nett: 71
Handicaps 19-36 Winner -Arran Downie (Cowal)
Handicaps 19-36 2nd Place -Fraser
McFarlane (Glencruitten) Nett: 67
Handicaps 19-36 3rd Place - Kerr
Thomson (Cowal) Nett: 71
Prizes for the Overall Season OOM Final
*Only players having played in at least 1 previous OOM event are
eligible to win this prize
Scratch Winner- Chris Richmond (Cowal) Total
Points: 44 (scored in 4 out the 7 OOM events)
Scratch 2nd Place -Matthew Dunn (Port
Bannatyne) Total Points: 41 (scored in 5 out the 7 OOM
Handicaps Scr-18 Winner -Matthew Dunn (Port
Bannatyne) Total Points: 39 (scored in 5 out the 7 OOM
Handicaps Scr-18 2nd Place -Chris
Richmond (Cowal) Total Points: 34 (scored in 4 out the 7 OOM
Handicaps 19-36 Winner -Lewis Poole (Rothesay)
Total Points: 45 (scored in 5 out the 7 OOM events)
Handicaps 19-36 2nd Place -Arran
Downie (Cowal) Total Points: 34 (scored in 4 out the 7 OOM