Home Page Haverhill News

Haverhill Poll
Haverhill Poll


Mailing List

Matthew Hancock
Your Local MP

Liam rewarded for outstanding golfing achievements

Wednesday, 8th September 2010.

At the age of 14, Haverhill golfer Liam Merritt has won the prestigious Ransomes Jacobsen Junior Golf Award, organised by the Suffolk County Golf Partnership to recognise outstanding achievements by junior golfers in Suffolk over the past 12 months.

The award ceremony, held on September 1, was also attended by the junior girls’ winner, Sarah Jane Barker from Rookery Park.

The presentation followed a three-hole round of golf on the sponsor, Ransomes Jacobsen's course at their head office in Ipswich.

Liam was nominated by Haverhill junior organiser, Linda Macfarlane, in recognition of his dedication to the game of golf and to the golf club itself.

Liam joined the junior section of Haverhill Golf Club in May 2009 and within days he was attending the Saturday Junior Academy, run by head professional Paul Wilby and his assistant professional, Ollie Rush.

Liam continued to practice regularly throughout the school summer holiday during 2009. He attended almost all of a possible 77 Junior Academy sessions and is an Elite Junior Academy member.

Liam’s handicap has been cut from 36 to 12 since joining the club, and his attendance at the academy and continued practice and competing has no doubt played an essential part in this success.

In March 2010, Liam was awarded the Junior Committee Trophy, for ‘outstanding levels of involvement in coaching practicing, competitions and events’.

He has played in junior county competitions as well as interclub matches and has been an excellent team member, fighting to win, and always being unfailingly well-mannered in success or failure.

There have been successes in club competitions; in the winter of 2009, Liam won the first four, newly instituted, junior medals and the Peter Bowers Trophy in 2009/10. The junior committee was impressed by Liam from the day he joined the club, and wholeheartedly recommended him for the Ransomes Jacobsen Award.

Other news...
The Haverhill juniors played their foursomes match on Tuesday, August 31, off half combined handicap. The clear winners by four shots were the pairing of Stephen Boyles and James Higham, with 87-21-66. The runners up were Hayden Durrant and Liam Merritt with 89-19-70.

On Thursday, September 2, the Suffolk Ladies Division Three meeting was held at Waldringfield Golf Club. Helen Lawson of Diss won the individual event with 41pts, and Haverhill’s Catie Heathfield was just edged into third place behind Angela Chapman of Newton Green with 38pts on countback.

Catie was also part of the tied winning team for the Division Three Belstead Shield, producing a total of 108pts, alongside lady captain Sally Price (37pts) and lady vice-captain Marian Mercer (33pts).

The ladies shared victory with Pat Cofield (37pts), Hilary Moss (36pts) and Jean Cross (35pts) from Felixstowe.

The Haverhill Ladies September Medal and LGU Pendant was a combined competition played on Wednesday and Saturday, September 1 and 4.

Winning overall was Jackie Condon with an excellent round of 90-20-70, and as a result her handicap has been reduced by 1 shot. Lyn Fish finished in second place with 97-25-72 and Doreen Darbey finished in third place with 101-28-73.

On Sunday, September 5, the ladies competed in their club championship, over 36 holes - the afternoon round was combined with the Pam Ratford Trophy.

Winning the Scratch Trophy and 2010 Club Championship was Sue Carr with a gross score of 181. Winning the Handicap Trophy was Lyn Fish with a nett score of 152. The Pam Ratford Trophy (afternoon 18 hole medal event) was won by Doreen Darbey with a nett 73, in second place Ann Thompson with a nett 84 and in third place Linda Macfarlane with a nett 87.

Haverhill Online News

Comment on this story

[board listing] [login] [register]

No comments have been posted for this news entry.


You must be logged in to post messages. (login now)

© Haverhill-UK | Accessibility | Disclaimer