Starting Out

Boys and Girls interested in trying golf for the first time should consider attending one of our popular Saturday morning group coaching sessions. These sessions are open to anyone below 18 years of age; golf clubs are provided and for a small fee, youngsters receive an hour of group tuition from one of our PGA teaching professionals. The session normally ends in a putting competition, the prize for which is a choccy bar of the winner’s choice! Parents are encouraged to stay and observe and one of the Club Junior Organisers will normally be in attendance to answer any questions they might have. These sessions can be very popular, particularly in the summer months - please contact the Professional Shop (01425 611210) for more details and availability.

Joining the Club

The next step for those wishing to take their golf to the next level would be to join the club’s Junior Section; this is very affordable with membership fees for a child under 12 years old starting at £49.00 for the year (see full price structure on ‘Junior Membership Facts’ page). Club Membership comes with many benefits including the Junior Golf Passport, which is a coaching and learning programme set up by The Golf Foundation. Other Benefits include; Unlimited Golf – Attain a Handicap – Subsidised Coaching – Competition Golf (both internally and against other clubs) - Subsidised Cost of Range Balls.

Play the Course and Gain a Handicap

The real fun is out on the golf course and Junior Golfers at Barton are encouraged to get out there and play as soon as their skills allow. There are 3 loops of 9 holes on which to test their game, all of which have a range of tee positions to suit all abilities. An interim handicap can be assigned to each player to get them out there competing; once they have returned cards for either 3 rounds of 18 holes or 6 rounds of 9 holes a more accurate assessment is made.

Junior competitions are played throughout the year, (please see the ‘Junior Section Competitive Golf’ page), and are open to all Junior Members, (those who only feel ready to play 9 holes are also very welcome).


Internal Competitions

There is a regular programme of Junior Club Competitions throughout the year, with the winner in all cases receiving a trophy, which they have presented to them on our annual Junior Presentation Night held in November. The format is Stableford for the majority of the competitions with the exception of the Centenary Medal, and the 36 Hole Junior Club Championships. These two competitions are decided by Strokeplay, with the winners again receiving a trophy to recognise their achievement whilst additionally having their name added to the Honours Boards in the Clubhouse.

Fun & Team Competitions

In addition to the regular programme of Junior Club Competitions there are opportunities to play in a series of Fun events and representative matches through the year. In April a team of juniors contest the Intersection Plate against teams from the Men’s, Ladies and Veterans Sections, then in August there is the annual friendly match against the Club Committee. In September the juniors split into two teams (Europe v USA) to contest the Junior Ryder Cup, mimicking the format of the main event; this is followed at the end of the month with a keenly fought match against the Hampshire U14 & U16 teams. Finally in October, junior members get a chance to team up with a parent, relative or other adult to contest the popular Generation 4 Ball event.

External Competitions

Barton-on-Sea Juniors are active participants in the Hampshire Junior League (HJL) and Hampshire Junior Academy League (HJAL) competing on a Home and Away basis against other clubs in the County. The HJL is aimed at those with a Club handicap of below 28 (boys) or below 36 (girls).

The winners of the HJL can progress further through regional stage qualifiers and, if successful, compete in the finals held annually in Portugal.
The HJAL is a league aimed at learner level players and is competed over a 9 hole shortened course with a maximum handicap of 54. The emphasis of the HJAL is for the youngsters to have fun whilst also experiencing competitive golf for the first time. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children at these matches.

The ultimate Junior Interclub challenge is the Hampshire Green Jackets. This competition involves teams of 3 players per club and is played on a knockout basis and open to all affiliated golf clubs in Hampshire and the Channel Islands.

Junior Team Members 2018

New team shirts purchased due to a very generous donation from the Club's Veterans' Section.


Junior Captain Profile

Josh Caffyn – Handicap 3

Josh started his golf at the Club’s Saturday morning coaching sessions at the age of 7. At that time his first love was football and he quickly attracted the interest of the scouts at Bournemouth FC. At the age of 12, however, he switched his focus to golf and competed with growing success in the club’s Junior Section competitions. By the age of 13 he had reduced his handicap to 18 and was playing regularly in the Men’s events, winning his first Major Club Competition, The Clarke Trophy, in 2016. His prowess did not go unnoticed by the County Golf Coaches and he has since represented Hampshire in Inter County matches at U14, U16 & U18 levels. In 2018 Josh added The Child Cup and The Scratch Knockout Cup to his growing list of Major Club Honours.

Josh Favourites
Tour Player: Justin Rose
Football Team: Southampton

Ambition: Pro Tour Golfer

Junior Vice Captain 2018-19

Junior Vice Captain Profile
Sam Waite – Handicap 12

Sam started playing golf with his father Tim at North Shore GC Skegness at the age of 10. After moving South to the Isle of Wight he played at Cowes GC until the family moved to Barton-on-Sea in 2017 where his mother, Kate, took on the position of House Manager. Sam immediately joined the Junior Section and played in every competition he could, in the process reducing his handicap from 28 to its present level of 12. In his first year he won the Junior Centenary Medal competition, earning himself a place on the clubhouse honours board. In 2018 he won the season’s Junior Order of Merit and has represented the club in the Hampshire Junior League for the last 2 years.

Sam Favourites
Tour Player: Jordan Spieth
Football Team: Wolverhampton Wanderers

Other Interests: Windsurfing/Sailing

Spooky fact...

Josh and Sam are the same age and share the same birthday (Sam is the eldest by approx. 3 hours!)

2018 Junior Club Champion

Finbar Kane

Finbar Kane had a great year in 2018 when, as Junior Captain, he led from the front, convincingly winning the Junior Club Championship in July with scores of 73+67=140. The previous month he recorded another comfortable win, playing in the Men’s Club Championships; he returned scores of 73+70=143 to win by a margin of 6 shots making him a Double Club Champion.

Finbar joined the club in 2012 and regularly attended the Saturday morning training sessions. He progressed from there to competing in the Junior Competitions then into the Men’s Competitions at the age of 14.

His improvement has been rapid, quickly reducing his initial handicap of 36 down to 1. Finbar has represented the club in many Men’s and Junior
matches as well as playing for the Hampshire at U18 level. He hopes to turn professional in 2019.

2018 Junior Competition Winners

Past Captains TrophyJosh Caffyn
Winter TrophyJosh Caffyn
Gamaliel CupSam Waite
Cattanach TrophyJosh Caffyn
Gavin Britton Celebration Cup (3 Club)Ellen Mans
Leslie Fletcher TrophyFinbar Kane
Centenary TrophyDan Stroud
Enjoyment TrophyJosh Caffyn
Mike Quigley CupJosh Caffyn
Junior Club Championship (Scratch)Finbar Kane
Junior Club Championship (Nett)Joe Langridge
Red Tee ChampionMax Wakley
Presidents TrophyGeorge Hancock
Barton Junior FoursomesNOT PLAYED
Spitfire TrophyNOT PLAYED
Cole TrophyZack Riggs
Wildgoose TrophyZack Riggs
Portman TrophyJosh Caffyn
Shutler TrophyJosh Randall
Christmas CompetitionSam Waite
Order of MeritSam Waite
Ladies Captains ShieldCharlie Hancock
Cattanach Achievement Trophy (Girls)Ellen Mans
Generation 4 BallRoy Smith & Dan Stroud
2018 Junior Trophy Winners
Junior Centenary Medal Honours Board
2018 Multiple Winner Josh Caffyn

Junior Section Officers

Junior Development Organiser - Ed Page

Ed is the Junior Section representative on both the Club Committee and the Handicap & Competitions Committee and is responsible to the Men’s Captain for the smooth running of the section. Ed’s primary task is to liaise with entry level junior golfers and their families at the Saturday morning training sessions, providing information and a friendly face as a focal point for any questions that might be raised. Ed actively encourages youngsters to get out on to the golf course as early as possible, attain a handicap, develop their full potential and grow their enjoyment of the game. Ed is responsible for the selection of the teams to play in the Hampshire Junior Academy League (HJAL) and shares new membership interview duties with Tim Waite.

Junior Competition Organiser - Tim Waite

Tim organises all of the Club’s Junior Competitions and Knockouts and also selects the teams to represent the Junior Section in the Hampshire Junior League (HJL) and the Hampshire Green Jackets Competitions. Tim shares the responsibility of new junior membership interviews with Ed Page the Junior Development Organiser and works closely with Ed and the rest of the Junior Committee to maintain a strong junior section.

Junior Secretary - John Downer

John has been a long-time supporter of Junior Golf and following his retirement from the Professional Shop, he has volunteered to take on the role of Junior Section Secretary. He will liaise with the Junior Section Organisers to ensure the timely posting of competition sign-up sheets, updating website content, Competition Results, Order of Merit, act as Junior Press Officer, provide the first line of contact for all external and internal communications, and compile / distribute regular news sheets to parents and children.

Child Welfare Officer - Trish Tottle

Trish is a long term member of the golf club and, following on from previous service as the 2014 Captain of the Ladies Section, she is currently serving as a member of the Clubs Board of Directors with special responsibility for Health and Safety and Human Resources in addition to being the Club’s Child Welfare Officer. Trish has a long attachment with the Junior section as her late husband Tony was once the Club Junior Organiser, additionally both of her sons were enthusiastic Junior Members with son Will being a former Junior Club Champion. If any parent or child has any concerns with which they believe Trish can help, please contact reception to arrange a meeting.

Head Professional - Peter Rodgers

Peter Rodgers is the Club Head Professional and he and his assistants John Bullen and Josh Young are responsible for all of the professional coaching at the club. Peter and his staff organise the popular Junior group coaching sessions on Saturday mornings which, for a small fee, is open to both Junior Members and visitors alike (subject to numbers). More advanced group lessons are available to Junior Members only and consist of 16 x 1 hour lessons, the cost of which is partially sponsored by local businessman Leon Crouch. Junior Members can also take advantage of reduced one-on-one coaching rates and Peter and his staff are always available to offer advice on clubs and equipment.
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