Juniors cap off a successful anniversary year
Wellow Golf Club could not have asked for more from its members this year.
The 2016 summer couldn’t come quick enough and after a wet and miserable winter, Wellow Golf Course, managed by Simon Justice, recovered well and he and his team now boast one of the best kept courses in the area with greens to match any top rated course.
In May, 25years after the doors opened at Wellow, celebrations began to recognise how far Wellow has come in its 25 years, but no one had thought that over the next few months success would stem from these celebrations.
First it was the turn of the Men. Having competed in the Monty League for many years, in September, Wellow produced some fantastic results under Captain Kevin Foot, to clinch an emphatic first ever title, beating favourites and eventual runners-up Bramshaw Golf Club on the last day. This meant that the team was invited to Romsey Golf Club for the Swann Trophy and Monty League presentation. This again was new territory for Wellow, but they produced some great golf on cue to become earn the runners-up spot behind hosts Romsey.
Then it was time for Ian Weeks and his Gales Hockley team to produce a string of victories to reach another prestigious Final. Having won a convincing away tie at Stoneham 8-1 and the Army Golf Club 6-3, the next stop would be Hockley Golf Club. After a gruelling match against current holders Meon Valley, Wellow came up just short and were 2016 Runners-up. Once again showing pride and team spirit throughout the competition.
Then it was time for the juniors. 2016 has been an exciting year already with membership increasing in the section, a growing camaraderie and an addition to the coaching staff in local PGA Professional Danny Harris.
With a solid showing in the South West Hants Junior League (SWHJL), it was to be the matchplay knockout competitions that Wellow would thrive in. Having reached the semi-finals 2 years ago, Wellow’s squad of 5 were hoping to go one step further.
Against all odds and after some incredible comebacks in previous rounds a semi-final was booked.
The Royal British Legion Poppy Golf Matchplay Tournament started with over 150 teams from all corners of the country and its final 4 teams would battle it out over 2 days at Staverton Golf Club, Northamptonshire.
After narrowly winning the semi-final 1-up, Wellow had now reached the final that alluded them 2 years earlier. After a valiant effort, the Wellow team came up just short becoming runners-up to a very strong Rotherham team consisting of 2 England players. A feat not to be shrugged at.
‘It was evident that the lads wore the Wellow colours with pride and I honestly believe they are a special bunch of lads with a team spirit that was so evident throughout the weekend. My thanks go out to the parents who supported us and fully entered into everything the weekend had to offer. It was one of those occasions that will always be remembered in the children’s mind and one which will never be forgotten.’
A final Note from Dave Board, Junior Organiser
It certainly has been a great year for Wellow Golf Club, celebrating a milestone in its history, a growing junior section, a fantastically maintained course and club pride and spirit to rival any in the county.