Juniors are in the swing for success
10:57am Tuesday 20th August 2013 in Sport
THE future looks bright if the juniors at Harwood Golf Club are anything to go by.
Last week, the plucky four-strong team of Carlton Bardsley, George Bardsley, Nick Henderson and Ben Lloyd decided to take part in the AN-AM seniors competition.
Not only was it the first time that the youngsters at the club had to do it but they managed to challenge some of the best players in the invitational event.
Tina Kearns, who helps run the juniors section at the club, said: “We like to invite friends and local golfers along to take part.
“The juniors had never entered it before and they thought they would give it a go.
“They got sponsored by Manchester Catering Company and one of the grandparents, June Lomax, managed to pay the fees for them to enter the competition.
“Their performance was outstanding and it all went well for them.
“They just seemed to play some good shots and as they went along they started to think ‘we can do this’.
“The four of them are great and they just seem to go out and enjoy it, “The other men on the AN-AM competition gave them encouragment and they are a good team.
“It will be George Bardsley’s last year and he is already playing for the men’s team and taking part in competitions.
“Meanwhile, Carlton also plays in the men’s side but not in competitions.”
The quartet recorded 90 points and were five points adrift of the second-placed side of Steve Houghton, Mark Schofield, Paul Yates and Chris White while the quartet of John Reid, Anthony Sterling, Danny Haslam and Holly Vizard were third on 82 points.
Tina admits their success is down to the impressive junior set-up that Harwood are trying to run.
She said: “Our club needs new blood to keep the future alive.
“We offer free membership for kids up to 12 years old and there is an academy.
“There are some players that are doing it for fun and some that will go on to represent them in competition.
“Our junior captain is very hands-on with the academy.
“We are growing more and more than previous years they are integrating into the adult section.
“They have their own social evening every three months to join and have fun.
“You can get a little kid playing with their grandpa. “We want to have a family feel to the club where everyone can play together.
“We are hoping that the youngsters coming through will help Harwood enjoy success in the senior ranks as well. “The third-placed team also had three juniors that have progressed through to adults in the past couple of years.”
- For more information on Harwood Golf Club visit www.harwoodgolfclub.com or ring 01204 522878.