Warwickshire Junior Girls were invited to attend the annual winter get together on Sunday 9th February 2020 at Kenilworth Golf Club.
We had a good turn out from the girls and parents despite the effects of storm Ciara. It was also great to have County 1st and 2nd Team representatives together with County Board and Committee members and our newly appointed County Coaches. Kelly Tomlinson welcomed everyone to the event and thanked everyone for making it over despite the awful weather.
Kelly then had the pleasure of introducing our new County Captain, Veronique Lintin. Veronique discussed the pathway of representing the County and also the importance of junior golf and that they are the future of Warwickshire ladies.
Veronique introduced Gareth Jenkins from England Golf who outlined the opportunities for players and encouraged them to improve their golf so that they are eligible to compete in regional and national competitions. Gareth also discussed the options after junior golf including golf scholarships in America.
The afternoon then went on to the new coaching programme and Kelly was delighted to introduce Alison Nicholas as the Lead Coach for WLCGA.
Alison introduced her newly appointed coaching team and gave a brief description of the new coaching programme including what the new sessions will cover and that the first session for the performance and development squads will include a fitness session with Ray Jakeman to educate the girls on the other aspects of the game. Alison went on to say how excited she was about the new programme, working with the girls and the newly appointed coaching team.
Kelly then introduced Steve Jackson a sports journalist who has been appointed by Warwickshire Golf to introduce a new format of the Order of Merit for Warwickshire boys and girls. Steve explained that he had implemented this for neighbouring counties and that the improvement in entries with his input had been extremely impressive.
Presentations were made to the players who had been successful during 2019 and these were warmly welcomed by the recipients and of course their parents
ORDER of MERIT (Gross) to Katie DREW - Copt Heath Golf Club
ORDER of MERIT (Net) to Holly Elliott - Nuneaton Golf Club
MOST IMPROVED & WORTHY WINNER to Ottillie Dixon - Olton Golf Club
Girls who received a special mention for Handicap reductions during the year were:
Holly Elliott who reduced her handicap from 16.8 to 7.5
Lilly Phelps who reduced her handicap from 21 to 11
Hrithika Bhugvandeen who reduced her handicap from 17.2 to 9.4
Arianna Virik who reduced her handicap from 32.3 to 22.2
STABLEFORD SERIES JOINT WINNERS to Holly Elliott - Nuneaton Golf Club and Arianna Virik - Kenilworth Golf Club
The following girls also received their County Colours: Phoebe Anderson, Rugby Golf Club, Laura White, Nuneaton Golf Club and Hrithika Bhugvandeen, Harborne Golf Club
In addition, Holly Elliott from Nuneaton Golf Club was introduced as Junior Captain for 2020 and was handed the badge of office by 2019 Junior Captain, Grace Wilkinson.
Pictured above with County Captain, Veronique Linton, are: 1 - Katie Drew, 2 - Arianna Virik and Holly Elliott, 3 - Grace Wilkinson and Holly Elliott
WLCGA Junior Administrator