Drive to bring new young players to county’s fairways

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A Rutland golf club has announced its own junior golf scholarship initiative to

spearhead children’s golf in the area.

Rutland County Golf Club aims to take on eight promising juniors aged from seven to 12 years with a unique offer of; free membership, professional tuition and practice balls on the club’s excellent driving range.

Club manager Steve Lowe thinks the scheme should be taken up by more clubs in the future to encourage more children into the sport and strengthen the game’s influence in the area.

He said: “ Youngsters who play golf learn more than just how to play an exciting sport. The game encourages good manners, fairplay and etiquette.

“The game can produce confident and competitive youngsters who take these life skills into their adulthood as well as the occasional quality player who may progress into representative or even professional golf, as several have from Rutland County.”

Club pro Jasen Barker will oversee the progress of the youngsters who are selected following trials on March 17 and 24. All juniors, whether current golfers or beginners, are invited to apply.

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l Reg Parker strolled away with the club’s March Stableford leaving the best of the rest trailing in his wake by four shots.

Enjoying a tremendous score of 43, Parker was a comfortable winner ahead of a gaggle of players on 39 which included Flo Lawrence in second and Dave Rippin in third.

Ian Rice is fast becoming the ‘near miss man’ with yet another fourth place finish despite scoring 39 points and losing out on countback.

l John Peyser defied the odds in the Winter Doubles, beating Pete Dawson and Kevin Moxham on the first extra hole despite having to play on his own. He and Neil Armstrong will face Cliff Knapp and Rick Collins in the semi-final.