It has been a busy winter for Spalding Golf Club’s junior section.
Junior boys have been attending county coaching and this has reaped early rewards with Hugo Kedzlie gross winner in the Torksey Junior Open winter series.
This month the club was represented by last year’s junior captain Calum Lewis winning both the overall and gross, shooting a superb 74 (69 nett), while Tommy Hull was 13th overall.
Four girls represent Spalding at regional level.
Lois Williamson, who is 16 and attends sixth form at Spalding Grammar School, has played competitively since the age of 11 and had the tough decision to choose golf over netball which she played for Boston.
She was selected for the East Midlands under-16 regional squad, attending coaching at Woodhall Spa, and representing the region in matches.
She is now part of the under-18 squad and captain of the Lincolnshire junior team as well as playing for the county ladies second team in all their matches last season.
One of her most recent wins was the junior county match at Canwick Park.
Williamson is also ladies club champion at Boston where she has held the trophy for the last two years.
Tilly Garfoot (12) attends Spalding High School and began attending junior coaching sessions at the club aged five. She has gone from strength to strength, reducing her handicap from 36 to 25 last season.
She has played various matches on the Little Imps Tour and made her debut last season for county girls against county boys, as well as also representing Lincolnshire against Nottinghamshire at Seacroft and Woodhall Spa.
Last season she won prizes at Woodhall Spa in the closed championship, Stoke Rochford in the open championship and also represented Spalding in the final of the Lincs Junior League against Gainsborough at Market Rasen.
Garfoot was also nett winner in the junior club championship at Spalding last season, as well as winning the ladies section April Sunday medal and May Sunday Stableford.
Tilly Kedzlie (15), who attends Spalding High School and lives in Deeping St Nicholas, has been a junior member at the club since she was six years old but 2015 was a great year.
At club level she was a member of the ladies team that reached the ninth round of the Mail on Sunday national competition, and also the junior team that reached the final of the Lincolnshire Junior Shampionships.
She was Lincs Schools champion for 2015 and she is a member of the East Midlands under-16 coaching squad which met at Woodhall Spa throughout the winter.
Kedzlie is an active sportswoman who also plays netball and rounders for her school.
Eden Inglis (14) attends Bourne Academy and has played golf for six years, attending the Saturday morning coaching at the club, and has played the Spalding course for the last two years.
From her starting handicap of 36, Inglis has played in the Little Imps Tour for under-15s.
She has attended regular coaching sessions at Woodhall Spa and played her first match at county level last September, following this up with a win in the ladies roll up at Spalding – earning her a reduction in her handicap.
The club are keen to build on the success of the junior section and would welcome more attendees to the Saturday morning sessions run at the club.
These sessions are open to all, run by club professional Adam Keogh and co-ordinated by junior organiser Craig Lewis who is supported by Lisa Howling and Peter Hull.
Coaching takes place every Saturday between 10am and 11am – all abilities welcome between ages five and 18. Clubs are available to borrow for those who are thinking of trying golf for the first time.
The cost of the sessions is £3 per person and dress code is smart/casual.
Juniors who attend coaching will also have the opportunity of some time out on the course with the Junior Back 5 challenge (holes 14-18 played under supervision).
These sessions start on Tuesday, April 5, and run through to September at £2 per session including sandwiches and a drink afterwards.
Anyone wishing to attend should call club professionals Chris or Adam on 01775 680386 to book or for further information.
Meanwhile, the start of the season saw disappointment for club members with the March Medal being unable to be played due to waterlogging resulting from unprecedented rainfall over the previous week.
The Buckingham Cup on Saturday becomes the revised start of the competitions for club members.