Burstwick Juniors presented with team shirts

Last week we presented three-quarters of the Burstwick Junior Team with team shirts as a thank you for representing the club in the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Tom Ward (left), Alex Hewitson (middle) and Alfie Tidder (right) were presented their embroidered Footjoy shirts by myself, while the fourth player, Ashton Webb wasn’t able to make it as he was still on holiday. I will be presenting Ashton his shirt this Thursday so keep an eye on our social media for that one!

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Get your team into the Junior Fundraising Open Am-Am on Sunday 17th June!

We are hosting a Junior Fundraising Open Am-Am on Sunday 17th June 2018, raising funds for the Junior Section at Burstwick. It costs just £15 a person and team can be mixed, and can be a member of any club in England. Give us a call on 01964 670112 or email alan.key@burstwick.golf to enter your team now!

Burstwick win the 2017 East Riding Junior Final at Ganton!

On Tuesday 29th August we visited Ganton Golf Club, near Scarborough, to watch our Junior Team compete in the East Riding Union Junior League Final for 2017. The event consisted of three players from the finalist clubs, Burstwick, Hornsea and Scarborough North Cliff, and the format was an aggregate 18-hole stableford competition.

Burstwick looked the strongest team on paper with Jack Maxey (2 hcap), Lewis Hunt (4 hcap) and Alfie Tidder (9 hcap) representing the club, but as it was a handicapped event anything could happen on the day.

When spectating the event, which consists of three 3-balls with one player from each club in each group, it's difficult to judge which of the players are doing well and which are not. You never truly know how players are scoring, although you think you might have an idea.

In the end we are delighted and proud to say that the Burstwick lads won the event by five points, with Hornsea in second place and Scarborough in third. It was a fantastic performance from Jack Maxey (36 points), Lewis Hunt (37 points) and Alfie Tidder (31 points) to make a total of 104!

Hunt picked up the award for the best individual score and the lads were honoured with the title of Junior League Winners 2017. Well done to Lewis, Jack and Alfie, not forgetting Rob Hunt who is our Junior Organiser and works tirelessly with the help of the other parents to keep the team going throughout the season!

It really was a fantastic day for the club at the most picturesque course in the Union!

Matthew McDonnell wins Junior Captain's Day

On Monday 30th May Junior Captain Harry Giles hosted his Captain's Day at the club, and the day went perfectly. Fourteen juniors turned up to play in the event which consisted of a nine-hole warmup and an 18 hole Stableford competition. Harry's parents put on a half-way house treat for the kids as they played, making sure they had enough energy to go on and complete the day.

The winner on the day with a fantastic score of 44 points off a 25 handicap was Matthew McDonnell, a great round from the youngster! In second and third were Jack Maxey and Lewis Hunt, who both shot very steady rounds in windy conditions.

Well done to all that played and congratulations to Harry on hosting a fantastic day.

Jack Maxey Wins Scratch Matchplay Final

It was an epic final match in the Scratch Matchplay Tournament between Jack Maxey and Alan Key, which saw many twists and turns along the way.

The weather forecast for the day was not looking good, but both players were very well prepared with all the gear; water proofs, umbrellas, extra gloves, changes of clothing, etc. After a prolonged downpour the night before which closed some nearby courses, Burstwick had drained nicely but the bunkers were washed out meaning that they were denoted as GUR for the day. Although there were a couple of very light showers, the weather ended up fine for the match, albeit a little windy!

The match started off with Alan taking the lead on the second hole after Jack hit a nervy tee shot which forced him to chip out from the trees, causing him to bogey. On the third tee Jack still wasn't completely comfortable and hit his tee shot left onto the 11th, and after missing the green short and left, made a fantastic up and down to halve the hole. 

A few more halved holes meant that there was still only one hole in it going down seven, but Jack was in trouble again on the left and ended up losing his ball and conceding the hole. At the turn Alan was 3-up. Both players halved 10, 11 and 12 but Jack was still looking nervy with his driver as he mis-hit his tee shot on 13 causing him to lose the hole, and Alan was 4-up going down 14, which was then halved.

On hole 15 Alan missed a four foot par putt to lose the hole, and then hit his tee shot out of bounds on 16 while Jack played the hole perfectly and was back to 2-down on the 17th tee. The players could both sense a change in momentum and Jack took advantage, hitting a great tee shot to 12 feet away from the flag before Alan missed the green. After hitting a reasonable chip to around six feet, Jack knocked his putt in for a two and they walked to the tee looking very different from four holes ago!

After a wayward tee shot Alan managed to hit a good 5 iron into the green on 18, and Jack replied with a lovely wedge shot, both missed birdie putts and they walked into the clubhouse for the half time break with just one hole between them.

Steak Pie

After both players enjoyed our popular homemade Steak pie and chips they were back on the tee for the second half of the match, at this point some members, friends and family joined to spectate.

The second round started in a similar vain to the first, with Alan winning holes two and four to go 3-up after four (22 total) holes, but this time Jack fought straight back winning the 5th, 6th and 7th to get back to all square. Both players halved the 8th and 9th so it was all to play for with 9 holes remaining.

After halving hole 10 Alan managed to miss the green from 70 yards on 11 and didn't get up and down while Jack made a solid par, and the same happened on 12 but Jack birdied, you could see Jack's confidence growing and Alan was starting to show frustration. Going down 13 Jack made a good par and Alan had a tough seven foot par putt to halve after leaving his first well short. Alan holed it, Jack still 2-up going to the 14th, when he missed the green with his tee shot while Alan's caught the front edge. A good putt from Alan meant a 'gimme' three, but Jack raced his chip six foot past and missed coming back, game on!

Going down 15 the tension was growing with just one hole in it, and Jack hit a fantastic second shot to six foot from the flag, while Alan was on the fringe around 30 foot away, Jack missed his birdie put but Alan then failed to make par from five feet which meant that he was 2-down with three to play. Both players hit good tee shots down 16 and had 25 foot birdie putts each - neither dropped. 2-up with two to play, things were definitely going Jack's way.

Alan and Jack both had similar length putts on the par-3 17th after two good tee shots, Alan to putt first and it was heading for the middle of the cup but agonisingly stopped in the jaws, an inch short! Jack needed two putts from around 20 feet to seal the deal, rolled his first one up to around 4 foot, and as he was putting well it looked a forgone conclusion but the ball was heading for the hole and seamed to defy gravity, horse-shoeing back out! A lifeline had been dealt to Alan, 1-down with one to play!

Going down 18 the light was getting very dim, and Jack was looking a little frustrated with what happened down 17, whereas Alan looked like he had some belief again. Jack hit his tee shot wayward and towards the driving range net, but it was in bounds in the rough about 180 yards from the hole, while Alan hit one of his best drives of the day, middle of the fairway, 155 from the hole. Jack had a bad lie and subsequently only managed to advance his ball around 120 yards down the fairway, while Alan fired in a lovely 7 iron to the middle of the green about 25 feet from the hole, the crowd were on edge at this point as the match could go either way!

This is when Jack pulled off arguably the shot of the day; faced with a 60 yard pitch with the momentum against him and his opponent putting for birdie, knowing he needed to hit it close to give himself a chance of clinching the match. The crowd looked on as Jack hit a beautifully struck wedge shot, exactly pin high, one bounced, stop, five foot left of the flag! Absolutely fantastic shot at a crucial time. After Alan's birdie putt slipped past the left edge of the hole, Jack calmly stepped up and this time found the centre of the cup to claim victory; 1-up.

It was a fantastic match which was full of twists and turns, and Jack fully deserved to claim the victory, especially after such a fantastic shot under the greatest of pressure.

Congratulations Jack, we're sure this will be the first of many!


Burstwick Juniors Compete in East Riding Junior Final at Ganton

Burstwick Junior Captain Lewis Hunt, Jack Maxey and Harry Giles went to Ganton Golf Club on Tuesday to compete in the East Riding Junior League Final after winning the South East Division earlier this summer.

It was the first time Burstwick have reached the junior final and the lads were very excited to represent their club after a great season. The clubs who won the other two divisions were also there, Hessle Golf Club (South West Division winners) and Scarborough North Cliff Golf Club (North East Division winners), each with very talented junior golfers competing for them.

In the end it was Hessle GC who won the final with a fantastic performance, with Scarborough NC finishing second and Burstwick third.

Congratulations to the fantastic Hessle team on a great performance on a very blustery and difficult day. It was a great stepping stone for the Burstwick lads and hopefully we’ll be there again in 2016 to give it another go. Well done lads, onwards and upwards!

First Junior Captain's Day is a Massive Success!

Today we hosted our first ever Junior Captain's Day at Burstwick and it turned out to be a fantastic day for the next generation of golfers at Burstwick. Captain Lewis Hunt hosted a 27 hole event with a 9 hole Texas Scramble in the morning followed by lunch and an 18 hole Individual Stableford in the afternoon.

Lewis continued his fine form of late with his best ever round, shooting a one-under-par 69 gross to win the competition by three points, ahead of Harry Giles and Tom Ward on 40 points.

Well done to all the juniors that played and made it such a great day, let's make it even better next year!

Lewis Hunt Finishes Second in Boys Championship at Hornsea

Our very own Lewis Hunt put in a fantastic performance at the East Riding Boys' Championship at Hornsea yesterday, shooting gross scores of 78+76 for an overall 154 score which lead him to second place by count-back over 3 other players including a one handicapper from Hull GC.

It was an excellent day's golfing from the youngster who has seen his handicap to 6.7 and is gunning for a place in the Scratch Matchplay Championship, hoping to beat Alan Key in the Semi Finals.

Well done Lewis!

Burstwick Juniors do South Holderness Technology College Proud

Three Burstwick junior members represented South Holderness Technology College in the Yorkshire Schools Golf Association tournament and did themselves very proud with some great results!

Jack Maxey, Harry Giles and Lewis Hunt (left-to-right) competed at Malton and Norton Golf Club in the North & East region qualifiers, and the team of three managed a great performance, winning the East division for South Holderness TC.

This results qualified the school for the Yorkshire Finals, where the top two schools would go on to compete in the National Finals.

The three boys competed in the Yorkshire Finals at Lowlaithes Golf Club in Pontefract, and missed on on qualification by a slender margin of just three shots.

Our Junior Captain Lewis said that although they were disappointed to have not made the national finals, they were felt like they did their school and also Burstwick very proud by achieving what they did. We agree, it's fantastic news that these lads are doing so well, and with continued work on their game we know they'll have an even better chance to go further next year!