Junior Section

Every decade seems to produce several talented young golfers and no doubt it has always been thus since the club was formed. It has certainly been true of the 1970s onwards.

One young star who shone particularly brightly in the early 1970 was Lloyd Wing. In 1973 at the age of 15 he won Harry Foster's Captain's Prize a fine silver plated tea set. There was a then record entry of 167 and Lloyd, playing off a 16 handicap, had a net 65. In the same year he won the Howitt Cup and the MacRae Trophy.

J R (Bob) Wilkinson donated the Junior Cup in 1973 and when the Junior Section was formed in 1974, Lloyd was the first Junior Captain. About this time other very talented youngsters were appearing. Names that spring to mind are David Brumpton, Chris Bentley, Brian Noble and Andrew Stokes. These four formed the team which won the Lamplugh Trophy (the Notts Junior Team Championship) in 1979, the year of its inception. David Brumpton later chose golf as his career and is now a successful professional in Finland  .  

Sadly, Andrew had later to give up golf because of back problems but Chris and Brian went on to great things and between them have won many golf trophies and honours, including the Scratch Cup several times.

The 1980s in their turn produced another crop of young talent: Adrian Allen, the brothers Robert, Graham and Michael Jones, Nicholas Britten and Ian Burnett. All of them continue to play golf to a high standard. Ian Burnett, like David Brumpton, chose golf as a career and is now the professional at Luffenham Heath Golf Club. In July 1985 Robert and Graham Jones and Nicholas Britten were selected to play for Nottinghamshire Juniors against Connecticut State Juniors USA.

The young stars of the 1990s include Jason Smith, Jim and Joseph Hallam, Ben Openshaw, Tim and John Cooke and Ian Bennett. The young ladies are represented by Alison Mills (now Mrs Smith) and Emma Sheffield. In 1996, Emma at the age of just 8 years and playing in her very first County Championship off a 36 handicap, returned a net score of 67 to win the cham­pionship on a countback from the English Junior champion, Laura Wright. A wonderful achievement at such a young age! In 1997, Ben Openshaw was appointed captain for the year of the Notts Under 21 Youth team.

Presently the young men getting ready to move centre stage with Emma are Aidan Greenberry, Ashley Crich, Adrian Cobb and Alex Openshaw.

The success of the Junior Section owes much to those members who over the years have undertaken the responsibilities of Junior Organiser. Colin White was one of first and Pam Marshall. Later names we remember are Reg Dove, Derek Dickinson, Tony Smith, John Jalland and presently Andrew Cobb.