Nathan bags junior open at Long Ashton

PUBLISHED: 15:13 01 August 2017

Nathan Moore.

Nathan Moore.

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Long Ashton Golf Club member Nathan Moore won the club’s junior open, the first home player to win since European Tour player Chris Wood in 2004.

Long Ashton Golf Club held its junior open in what was forecast to be dreadful conditions with 63 players representing clubs in Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Wales.

County players were keen to be involved as it was a Gloucester County Junior Order of Merit event and also a Daily Telegraph qualifier. Fortunately the weather forecast was wrong and the heavy rain held off until all players and the many helpers got back into the clubhouse.

Conditions were tough for all the players and it was great to see 11 girls competing in the event, which is more than previous years and hopefully we will continue to see this grow as more girls do seem to be taking up the game of golf.

With so many junior coaching opportunities now available both at Long Ashton and other clubs, the future is looking positive.

Many congratulations to the gross winners: Nathan Moore (first home winner since Chris Wood, European Tour player in 2004) and Arabella White (Lansdown) and nett winners: Lewis Flett (Cirencester) and Elin Tynan (Minchinhampton, sister of Welsh international golfer Ffion).

Other notable scores were: gross second Dylan Xanh (Mendip Springs) and nett second Milan Reed (LA) and gross girls’ second Davina Xanh (Mendip Springs and nett girls second Carys Parker (Saltford).

There was a hole-in-one by Minchinhampton player Harry Cowley on the ninth, who has a handicap of 10 and is 16 years old.

Congratulations to all the prize winners and huge thanks to everyone involved in the day, especially the organisers and all the helpers who gave up their free time and the staff, without you all these events could not be run.

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