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Youngsters show the way to do it in the National Skills Challenge

Talented juniors demonstrate that the future’s bright at Woodhall Spa

EIGHT talented youngsters were crowned the 2014 champions of England Golf’s National Skills Challenge after winning their titles at the National Golf Centre at Woodhall Spa.

The event was contested by 32 young golfers, who were among 1,200 that started out in the competition. The finalists had all taken part in two official challenge events at their golf clubs earlier in the year, winning through to one of four regional finals.

They were all required to show off their skills in putting, chipping, bunkerplay, pitching and the long game as they competed in the National Skills Challenge, an England Golf initiative aimed at making practice fun for young golfers.


Churston’s Jack Dark claimed the boys’ prize in the eight years and under section, as Grace Bowen (Gaudet Luce) won the girls’ title in the same age group. In the nine-to-11 category, Curtis Done (Heysham) and Christine Rumbelow (Easingwold) claimed victory.

In the ‘tour’ category, Joshua Ashton (Tapton Park) and Heide Wellman (Southport) won the 12-to-14 age group, while James Drury (Gaudet Luce) and Clare Wilkie (Aspley Guide & Woburn Sands) were successful in the 15-to-17 age group.


FootJoy supported the event and the brand’s marketing manager Russell Lawes said that he recognises the importance of getting kids into the game.

He said: “Grassroots golf is immensely important in making golf more accessible to individuals and we are committed to supporting the stars of tomorrow.

“This is a fantastic initiative that provides a fun and easy  way for junior golfers to improve all aspects of their game.”

Richard Flint, England Golf participation and club support director, added: “The Skills Challenge is a great way for clubs to inspire young golfers to improve and we’d like to see even more clubs represented.”

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