Farnham Golf Club’s superb hosting of the inaugural English Under 18 Championship has won them the accolade of Tournament Venue of the Year at the 2022 England Golf Awards sponsored by adidas.
The Surrey club – staff and members combined – put their heart and soul into staging last year’s event featuring 132 of the most talented boy and girl golfers in England.
General manager Ben Beagley and his committee of staff and members set out with the aim of providing a first-class venue for both spectators and competitors alike and succeeded in their ambition.
Head greenkeeper Rupert Lawrence ensured the course was in first-class condition throughout the three-day event.
A small army of 95 club volunteers helped the event go smoothly by staffing the range, carrying out on-course scoring and ball-spotting duties.
And the warm welcome in the terraced clubhouse and bar and restaurant guaranteed that visitors – both parents and locals – enjoyed the best of hospitality.
The championship – England Golf’s first national mixed event for juniors with players competing on the same course at the same time for one trophy – also captured the imagination of the media.
The championship was broadcast via Content Live with 300,000 views across a number of digital platforms.
BBC South Today featured the event as the lead item on their sports news with an audience share of 400,000 viewers.
Meanwhile, national golf media provided excellent coverage of the championship won by Walsall’s Jenson Forrester who edged ahead of home favourite Lottie Woad on the closing day,
Farnham was also proactive in attracting local sponsorship for the event with a profit in excess of £7000 going directly to support the club’s thriving junior section and improved practice facilities.
A charitable donation was also made in connection with the championship.
General manager Ben Beagley said: “It meant a lot to host the event and we’re ecstatic to win this.
“We had tremendous support from the membership – over 90 of them volunteered and it showed in the welcome we offered just how much it meant for us to have the event here. To win this award is outstanding.
“This was our first ever England Golf championship at Farnham and we wanted to pull out all the stops to put on a fabulous show and be excellent hosts.”
Farnham’s decision to re-invest profits from the event in the junior section, continues the club’s commitment to the next generation.
“Our junior section here is not for profit,” added Beagley.
“That’s something we’re proud of. Everything we take from junior subscriptions all gets ploughed back into coaching and prizes and events and whatever we can do to grow the game for juniors.
“We have some fabulous young golfers, a great junior organiser and brilliant academy and all of that contributes to the club.”