Junior Week at Wrag Barn is a 9 day extravaganza of golf, friendships, highs and lows.
There is an inscription above the entryway to Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Club which reads "If you can meet with triumph and disaster / And treat those two impostors just the same" – lines from Rudyard Kipling's poem ‘If’ which sum up the emotional challenges of playing sport at any level and would be equally appropriate on the wall at Wrag Barn. The friendships formed and mutual support amongst the Junior Section is testimony to the value of Junior Week and competitions run throughout the year.
The whole 9 days is run by volunteers Alan Kavanagh and Brian Drane who employ the services of our golf pros, club staff and marshals and are supported by the parents of our juniors and cadets. Paul Drinkwater is well known for his ball spotting skills!
The group is split into two sections according to ability and the pathway begins in Cadet 1, progressing to Cadet 2 and then the Junior Section.
There is a programme of theory, coaching and competitions which runs throughout the week. Some competitions are with other sections of the club such as the Seniors and the Ladies, others are within the Juniors and Cadets only, culminating in the Championships.
Sometimes the best memories are made in the most informal moments and overhearing the banter and laughter is heart warming in this digital age.
The last entry in the Junior Week calendar is presentation night and the results and account of the Juniors and Cadets are below.
Wrag Barn Junior Presentation night
Winner of the Wardy Cup and Junior Champion
Ollie 79/70 = 149
Nett Junior Champion 36 Holes
Best PM Nett
Best AM Nett
Order of Merit
1st Gethin, 2nd Ollie, Ruben
Eclectic Cup presented by Matt Mumford
1st Biggsy, 2nd Riley
Margo Campbell Award for highest % reduction in HC
Riley Banks 53% 7.1 to 3.3
Positive Mental Attitude Award
1st Charlie, 2nd Theo
Summer Matchplay Plate
1st Gethin, 2nd Riley
Roberts Malham (Stroke play)
1st Jake, 2nd Gethin, 3rd Harry D
McDonald Trophy Stableford
1st Charlie F, 2nd Harry, 3rd Ruben
Toby Drayton Stableford
Juniors Rody Cup Stableford
1st Noah, 2nd Ittai, 3rd Riley
Juniors with Seniors Texas Scramble
Ollie, Jack, Jacob, Geoff
Competitions held throughout the year:
Junior May Medal Ruben
Winter Matchplay plate1st Jake 2nd Biggsy
Winter Matchplay 1st Hamish 2nd Charlie F
US Open Gethen
The Open Ollie
All the Junior squad were presented with medals and Ollie made an awesome speech and presented his award of player of the year to Ittai.
The Cadet presentation:
Cadets 1&2 presentation
Winners of medals played throughout the year:
03/06 Archie Arnett (not in the picture)
02/07 Seb Whalley
22/07 Charlie Gantlett
24/07 Charlie Bourne
Spring Shield Charlie Ganlett
Spring Cup Seb Whalley
Cadet 1 Majors
Masters Daniel Curl
PGA Charlie Gantlett
US Open William Fairgrieve
The Open Bobby Keen
Cadet 2 Majors
Masters Charlie Bourne
PGA Logan Webster
US Open Seb Whalley
The Open Thomas Hutton
Texas Scramble Ava, Logan Charlie
Winner of discipline
Eddie, Luke, Seb, Bobby & Jacob
1st in section
Bobby and Imogen
Cadets with the Ladies
Cadet 1 Flag Competition
Anshul & Jacob
Cadet Adult Foursomes
1st Islay, 2nd Daniel, 3rd Charlie B
1st Seb, 2nd Eddie
Peter & Luke
Wise Beyond Years
Cadet 1 Champs
1st Nett Anshul
1st Gross Bobby, 2nd Eddie 3rd William
Cadet 2 Champs
1st Nett Thomas Hutton
1st Gross Seb, 2nd Charlie B 3rd Imogen
None of this would happen without the team of volunteers and supporters which was summed up in a letter from the parent of one of our Juniors:
Hi Alan, Brian and All Junior Golfers/Parents at Wrag Barn,
On behalf of all parents a MASSIVE THANK YOU TO ALAN & BRIAN for their year-long dedication to the Juniors and Cadets at Wrag Barn. We are so lucky to belong to a club where Junior Golf is promoted and nurtured (so thanks also to the ownership and management at 'Wrag').
The presentations last night were fantastic; warmth, humour and great organisation all on display. Well done to our A/B dynamic duo!
Also well done to our Junior Capt. Ollie Webb, who demonstrated dignity and maturity in his execution of the role this year (great speech too!).
Wishing everyone all well for the rest of the season and long into their future years of Junior Golf at Wrag Barn.
Best Wishes, Phil T.