It’s tee time for young golfers

WOODFORD Golf Club hosted a series of Tri-Golf lessons for local children during the summer. This was set up through a partnership with Claire Bancroft, a qualified PGA coach, who has been teaching in local schools. Tri-Golf gives children the opportunit

WOODFORD Golf Club hosted a series of Tri-Golf lessons for local children during the summer.

This was set up through a partnership with Claire Bancroft, a qualified PGA coach, who has been teaching in local schools.

Tri-Golf gives children the opportunity to play golf in a safe environment carefully monitored by Claire and have fun at the same time.

Claire started her coaching in different schools and decided it would be more enjoyable to conduct her work in a golfing environment - the children were very excited by this idea.


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For those who progress sufficiently there is the opportunity to move on with lessons from Adam Baker, Woodford's club professional.

In late September, a Tri-Golf Challenge was arranged with the children being partnered up with a parent, the idea being to show how well the children have improved, although it turned out that the adults enjoyed themselves as much as the children.

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The winners of the challenge were Rosie Osborne and her grandmother Sue.

Trophies and medals were presented to the winners and all other participants by Claire in the Woodford clubhouse after the competition.

Club president Peter Willett and professional Adam Baker supported Claire during the Challenge.

Because of the success, the children have persuaded Claire to keep the course going through the winter months with a new class starting Easter 2010, at 5.30pm on Wednesdays.

Further information can be obtained from Claire on 07791-913294 or from Woodford Golf Club on 020-8504-3330.

n ONE of the highlights of the social golfing calendar at Woodford Golf Club is the Tigers, Foxes and Rabbits event.

The three groups represent low, middle and high handicap groups respectively.

While social, it is always a highly-competitive occasion, followed by a dinner at the club.

This year, the format was decided on a three-way match-play basis with full handicap differences and the Rabbits playing off general play tees.

The Rabbits, led by vice-captain Hugh Williams, won the trophy for the third consecutive year, defeating past captain Michael Jones' Foxes, with club captain Mark Deeming's Tigers in third spot.

The week also saw the finals of the two principal singles competitions.

Having been the successful pair the previous week in the summer four-ball, Tom Slocombe and Mike Smith competed against each other in the 36-hole final of the Roberts Challenge Cup, with club treasurer Smith emerging as the winner.

In the final of the President's Cup, Chris Phillips defeated captain Mark Deeming on the second extra hole.

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