Record scores as the sun shines for junior open

The winners from Worthing Golf Club's Junior Open are presented with their trophies
The winners from Worthing Golf Club's Junior Open are presented with their trophies

MORE than 60 young golfers from across the south played in the sun to bring in record scores for Worthing Golf Club’s combined junior open for girls and boys.

They competed on both courses for scratch and Stableford prizes and Megan Edwards won the Pat Brown Trophy for a second time with 45 points.

She cut her handicap from 15 to 13, while Goodwood’s Yasmin Hang was second and Worthing’s Lily Margaroli took third. Worthing’s Anya Olsen took the prize for the best front nine and Emily Coles won the nearest-the-pin prize.

The Worthing boys were not quite so successful but Danny Sykes did bag third prize in the net trophy, as well as winning the nearest-the-pin in two on the fourth hole.

In the girls’ competition on the upper course, Beauport Park’s Lauren Hawkins won the Di Langridge Trophy with the best gross score of 84. In the boys’ event, the Alan Toley Trophy was won by Laird Shepherd, of Crowborough Beacon, while the Purnell Net Trophy went to East Brighton’s Louis Morris.

Worthing club captain Brian Hooker and ladies’ captain Liz Carlton presented the prizes, together with former ladies’ captain, Pat Brown, who founded the girls’ open competition and each year makes a generous donation for the main prize.

Hooker said: “Worthing has a thriving and growing girls’ and boys’ junior golf section.

“We were delighted to welcome some of the best junior players in the south to the combined junior open.

“The weather conditions were fantastic and the competitors all produced some excellent scores – they can all be very proud of their achievements.”