JACK FAIRHALL became Henley Golf Club’s junior champion last week.
The competition is the main event in the junior section calendar and was well attended by the club’s juniors and this year saw Kate Hillas become the first girl to play in the event.
The junior club champion is decided by the lowest gross score over 36 holes.
The morning round was played in handicap order (lowest first) with Olly Carder (five handicap) starting the competition with a fantastic birdie three on the first hole. Playing partner Jack Fairhall (seven handicap) also started well with a solid par four.
Several good scores were posted in the morning round, in particular Toby Hancock (11 handicap) shot a gross 78 to sit in second place at the halfway stage. Alex Harris-White (10 handicap) was in fourth shooting an 82, Carder third with 80 but the halfway leader was Fairhall with an opening 77.
After lunch the juniors went out in reverse order with the leaders going out last. Junior captain Stuart Smith recorded the lowest gross with 78. Fairhall added an afternoon gross 79 to his morning score to become champion by four shots from second place Hancock, Smith was third and Carder fourth.
The ladies’ section ran their monthly medal in conjunction with qualification for the Rouquette Cup competition in which Lucy Terris was the clear winner in the top Division with a net 63 which meant that her handicap was reduced to single figure. Jocelyn Brown took the runner-up spot in this division with a net 72 on countback from Rachel Hall, Maggi Buffin and Ngairey Palin.
Fay Ahara claimed Division 2 with a net 72 which was two shots better than Suzy Smith. Gail Henderson and Lyn McAlpine were a shot further adrift. Division 3 was won by Maria Clift with a fantastic net score of 64 which was two shots better than Lynne Carter. Linda Howie was third with a net 74.
Cindy Weight took Division 4 with a net 73 which was three shots better than Patricia Melling and Noelle Morgan.
The result meant that there was places in the knock out stage of the Rouquette Cup for Suzy Smith, Liz Plews, Rachel Hall, Jocelyn Brown, Maggi Buffin, Lynne Carter, Gail Henderson and Helga Keay.