Junior Christmas Tankard – Crawford’s Christmas Cracker!


Crawford’s Christmas Cracker”

Sunday 11th December saw Churston Juniors’ final competition of the year, the Christmas Tankard.

The mild & sunny conditions produced some excellent scores, but no one could catch 9-year-old Brendan Crawford.

The CONGU handicap division produced some good golf & subsequent handicap reductions. Ahead of the field was Jacob Priestley with 39 points, just edging past friend Stuart Shipley on countback. Third place went to Callum Job with 38 points, followed by Lucia Woodall on 37.

The non-CONGU handicap division produced this year’s Christmas Tankard winner with 41 points, in the section’s youngest junior member Brendan Crawford. Second place went to Oliver Gagg on 38 points, enough to secure his CONGU handicap & in third place was Connor Pomeroy with 35 points.

The Nearest the Pin prizes, sponsored by Head Professional Rob Butterworth, went to Jess Francis on 17 & Jack Job on 18 & the Mystery Holes to Adam Furneaux & Connor Pomeroy.

Following the competition, the clubhouse filled with juniors and their families for the traditional Christmas carvery and end of year prize-giving. Amongst the prizes awarded, by Club Captain Bob Phillips, were the yearlong Order of Merit prizes with Jacob Priestley taking both the Nett and Gross titles. The two “Most Improved” awards went to Lucia Woodall (non CONGU) & Jack Dart (CONGU). Jack having had a particularly good year also shared the Committee’s Award for his progress over the year with Jess Francis, who leaves the section at the end of the year, who was recognised for her contribution to the section over her 9 years as a junior.

The final presentation of the night went to popular outgoing Club Welfare Officer & Junior Organising Committee member, John Millett, who was standing down after 12 years of service.

The result of the junior vote for their Captain for 2017 was also announced, with Brixham College student Callum Job taking over from Ciaran Ivey on 1st January. His official Drive-In competition, open to current and past juniors, will take place on Sunday 8th January where he hopes to raise money for his chosen local charity, The Trevor Ward Foundation.


Photograph: Junior Prize winners for 2016