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Junior girls – report 2014

We now have 48 junior girls and we have an average of 20 girls playing weekly and earlier this year we had 32 girls on one Sunday which was a record.

Our plan for the this year was to integrate the older girls into the ladies section on a weekly basis and we achieved this to a degree. Girls who are 35 hcp or less can play in most of the ladies competitions. We have 7 girls off 35 hcp or less and we have 36 girls off a 36 hcp. Most girls play in the 18 or 9 hole competitions that I set up for them.

We had 24 girls playing in Lady Captain Margaret’s day to the junior girls and with a great score of 36 points, Deadly Delaney’s daughter Aoife won the beautiful necklace which she wears every day. I would like to thank Margaret on behalf of all the girls for a really lovely day.

I would like to thank my favourite assistant Orla Delaney for all her wonderful help and commitment through out the year, we make a great team.

This year we got the ILGU grant of 350 euro and 350 from the ladies committee which we are very grateful for and I would like to thank Lady Captain Margaret and her committee for their contribution. The above is subsidised by the girls as well. David Lewis does all the coaching which involves driving range coaching in March and April, short game coaching at the club in June July and August and then in September and October he did on course coaching.

This coaching, I feel, is the most important part of junior girls golf. A big thank you to David Lewis for all his help and his incredible patience.

I would like to thank Michelle Knapp for all her help with the girls’ handicaps, 15 girls got their handicaps this year.

Our junior girls were runners up in the Wicklow Trophy and we were narrowly beaten by one point.

Jessica Maxwell lost the most shots this year , she went from 36 to 31 and I think she spent every minute of her Summer holidays practicing. Katie O’Byrne won the Karl’s prize, which was a fabulous golf bag, as always Karl is very generous. Golfer of the year 2013 was Laoise Horgan, winner of the ILGU junior Medal 2013 was Sorcha O”Connor and the most improved golfer 2013 was Kate Walker.   We will have the 2014 prize giving on Sunday 7th December, which consist of attendance prizes, most improved golfer and the golfer of the year cup which will be presented by my mother in law, Beth.

Many thanks to Clodagh Smullen for being a most enthusiastic Junior Girls Captain and the new Junior Girls Captain for 2015 is Emma Henpenstall.