After a week of torrential rain, Sunday dawned bright and clear for the first DevonGolf Junior Fun Day. Organised by Golf Professional Andy Fox (Foxy) and DevonGolf directors Yvonne Alford and Wendy Stanbury, Bovey Tracey Golf Centre provided the perfect facilities for this pilot day. It is hoped in 2020 to extend these days across the county.

Juniors with a high or no handicap were invited from local clubs and several non-affiliated facilities such as Torbay Golf Centre (thanks to Neil Holman for his support and for encouraging his juniors to come along). 10 girls and 26 boys, ages ranging from 5 to 14, all enjoyed the use of Bovey Tracey's Golf Centre's driving range, putting green, par 3 and 9 hole courses. The function room was a genius set up of indoor skills which tested those with or without a handicap. 

Foxy demonstrating skills on the putting green


Jo Donmall with the older girls doing a putting drill


Parents had been asked to stay and assist if they could and thank you to those who could and did, which was most of you. Bovey Tracey's Junior Organiser Pete Cassidy gave up his day to assist, as did DevonGolf's U16's team member Ollie Amos and U14's team members Noah and Aiden Mulligan. All 3 were inspirational to the juniors who quickly aspired to play "like the big boys". DevonGolf's Girls' Organiser Jo Donmall and Boys' U14's Team Manager Marc Mulligan all helped Foxy throughout the day. It was no day off for RND's Junior Organiser Julian Goddard either, he came as a parent and was quickly utilised along with all the other parents who selflessly pitched in.

A great finish - oh, to be young




Putting scores - each shot counts


Foxy was like the Pied Piper, the juniors hanging on to his every word. They were even fairly quiet through a pizza and chips lunch but eager to get back outside to play on the par 3 and 9 hole courses. The one heavy shower that came whilst out on the courses didn't dampen their enthusiasm (although one or two adults looked like they could have done without it) and their energy didn't flag. A change of clothes and shoes was required for most afterwards but we were very grateful to Bovey Tracey for the opportunity to play at all after the hideous weather endured up until the day.

The juniors left with new skills, a better understanding of golf and rules and in many cases new friends. All left with beaming smiles and an ongoing enthusiasm to play.

DevonGolf is very grateful to Foxy and Bovey Tracey Golf Centre. They gave up their time and energy to host and provided us with everything we could have wished for.

Watch this space for the next Junior Fun Days across the county in 2020.

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