Talented youngsters head to National Skills Challenge final

North Skills Challenge regional winners

A total of 32 talented youngsters are heading to the grand final of the National Skills Challenge, supported by FootJoy.

They have each won through a regional final and will take their place in the national event at The National Golf centre in Woodhall Spa on Saturday 28th September.

The four regional finals were held at: Midlands – The Warwickshire Golf Club, Warwickshire; South East – Chesfield Downs Golf Club, Hertfordshire; South West – The Kendleshire Golf Club, Gloucestershire; North – High Legh Park Golf Club, Cheshire.

The qualifiers are:

Rookie 8 yrs & under
Chanon James – Kenilworth Golf Club, Warwickshire.
Holly Waterfield – Lutterworth Golf Club, Leicestershire.
Jack Dart – Churston Golf Club, Devon
Carys Morris – Portmore Golf Club, Devon
William Bradfield – Barnham Broom Golf & Country Club, Norfolk
Chloe Brown – Faversham Golf Club, Kent
Thomas Rogerson – Heysham Golf Club, Lancashire
Ayane Butterworth – Scarborough South Cliff Golf Club, Yorkshire

Rookie 9 to 11 years
Archie Davies – Spalding Golf Club, Lincolnshire.
Kati Powell – Lutterworth Golf Club, Leicestershire.
Drew Mackinnon – Southampton Golf Club, Hampshire
Shannon Parfitt – Weymouth Golf Club, Dorset
George Fricker – Ufford Park Golf Club, Suffolk
Molly Dixon – Betchworth Park Golf Club, Surrey
Robert Hillier – Ingleby Barwick Golf Academy, Yorkshire
Bethany Fletcher – Heysham Golf Club, Lancashire

Tour 12 to 14 years
Luke Turbutt – Robin Hood Golf Club (Solihull), Warwickshire.
Charlotte Voysey – Wharton Park Golf Club, Worcestershire.
Scott Parker – Royal North Devon Golf Club, Devon
Jessica Francis – Churston Golf Club, Devon
William Smith – Ufford Park Golf Club, Suffolk
Chloe Rose – Clacton-on-Sea Golf Club, Essex
James Swash – Ingleby Barwick Golf Academy, Yorkshire
Lauren Green – West Lancashire Golf Club, Lancashire

Tour 15 to 17 years
Charley Mycock – Bakewell Golf Club, Derbyshire.
Clare Wilkie – Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands Golf Club, Bedfordshire.
Connor Aitken – Weymouth Golf Club, Dorset
Rebekah Nicholls – Dainton Park Golf Club, Devon
Chay Robinson – Clacton-on-Sea Golf Club, Essex
Khadejar Khan – Fairlop Waters Golf Club, Essex
Matthew Bargh – Heysham Golf Club, Lancashire
Megan Cullen – Heysham Golf Club, Lancashire

Russell Lawes, European Marketing Manager – FootJoy, commented: “Everyone at FootJoy would like to congratulate those players who have managed to progress through to the National Skills final and wish them every success.

“We have once again been delighted to support all players who have entered the skills challenge at the varying regional events and wish all players every success with the development of their golf game.

“There is a perfect synergy between the National Skills Challenge and FJ's The Mark of a Player mantra, by teaching the next generation of golfers the key fundamentals which will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of the game of golf."

The England Golf National Skills Challenge, supported by FootJoy, is now in its eighth year, and over 800 golf clubs and 7,000 juniors have registered to take part.  

The Skills Challenge aims to make practice fun for young golfers and consists of 10 activities, which clubs run for their junior players. These support skill development and also provide encouragement to practice.  Golf clubs which run Skills Challenge events within two specific dates input their players’ scores onto an online leaderboard, which identifies the juniors who qualify for the regional finals.

FootJoy, the #1 Shoe and Glove in Golf, supports England Golf’s National Skills Challenge and kindly supplies products and prizes to all players who qualify for the Regional and National Finals.

For more information on the National Skills Challenge visit www.getintogolf.org/skills  

Caption: The winners at the North regional final of the National Skills Challenge.