South West League

2016 was a great season for Barton Juniors with notable successes achieved both inside and outside of the club.

The South West League is played against 8 other clubs in Hampshire. Wins at home, and victory away at Wellow & Bramshaw gave Barton an excellent springboard to the campaign. Combined with a great team performance at Royal Winchester where we achieved 2nd place, Barton entered the last match of the season at Romsey with a narrow lead over Stoneham. In the tightest of finishes a strong Stoneham side narrowly outscored us, earning 15pts to our 12. This was just enough to tip the balance in their favour and their final total of 151.5pts was enough for them to snatch the league title, with Barton agonisingly close in second place on 149.5pts.
The disappointment at missing out on the league had to be put behind us, as by dint of achieving 2nd place in the league, we qualified for the knockout stages of the Junior Team Home Nations Championship. The Quarter Finals were contested at Etchinghill GC, just outside Folkestone in Kent against 4 other teams, 1 each from Surrey and Sussex & 2 from Kent. The Barton team consisted of, Finbar Kane, Archie Nankivell, Chris Ogborne, Josh Caffyn, Henry Nankivell and Michael Fisher. We travelled down the day before for a practise round and, after an overnight stay in Canterbury we returned to do battle, the effort was all worthwhile, we won and the Semi Finals beckoned, the long drive home seemed a whole lot shorter.

The Semi Final Match was drawn to be played at Essendon GC near St Albans and necessitated another road trip and overnight stay. The team remained largely unchanged, with Michael Fisher making way for Barton No1 Tom Rowsell who had been unavailable for the Quarter Final match. Tom was out in the first group and put in a great captains performance, carding a fine round of sub par golf. When Finbar Kane followed him home with his own solidly crafted round, things were looking good and we started to dream. Unfortunately the rest of the team were not faring as well and a series of disasters over the closing holes saw us drop out of the reckoning. The winning team on the day was Cuddington 2 who ultimately went on to win the tournament, so at least we could say we went out to the winners. It was the end to a great campaign and a credit to all the players who represented the team through the season.

PICTURE: Semi Final Team (l to r): Tom Rowsell, Henry Nankivell, Archie Nankivell, Finbar Kane, Chris Ogborne, Josh Caffyn.

Junior Success in Senior Competitions

Junior section members are permitted to enter the Mens Section Competitions once an appropriate level of golfing expertise is reached, and this year 2 Juniors responded by scooping the 2 biggest prizes on offer.

The 36 Hole Scratch Medal Competition was won by 17 year old Alex Adam a 5 handicap player who returned gross scores of 70 75 = 145 to win the title by 5 shots with 2nd spot being taken by Junior Captain Tom Rowsell.
The Clarke Trophy is played in September and is a 36 Hole Medal (Handicap) Competition which this year was won by 14 year old Joshua Caffyn playing off an 8 handicap who returned nett scores of 68 71 = 139 to edge home by one shot, clinching his victory with a birdie 2 on the final hole.

Junior Club Championship

The Junior Club Championship is a 36 Hole Medal event with Scratch & Handicap trophies up for grabs. This year the honours were divided between the immediate past Junior Captain Will Logsdon who scooped the Handicap Trophy and the incumbent Junior Captain Tom Rowsell who triumphed in the Scratch event.

PICTURE: 2016 Junior Championship
Handicap Winner Will Logsdon (left)
with Scratch winner Tom Rowsell

County Honours

The Barton Junior section are strong supporters of Hampshire Junior Golf and during the 2016 season represented the County at U12 - U14 - U16 & U18 levels.
Bartons 2016 Hampshire County players were; Ellie Mans, Michael Fisher, Josh Caffyn, Tom Rowsell, Matt Beck, Chris Ogborne, Finley Mill & Alex Adam and Joshua Randall (Dorset).

Junior Presentation

The Junior Presentation evening traditionally takes place in November and is a celebration of individual achievement over the season, the guest of honour was Captain Don Read who presented the prizes. This year the prizes were spread quite evenly across the section although incoming Vice Captain Finbar Kane, again appeared to have grabbed more than his fair share! The evening was a great success, well done to all who had managed to win prizes, good luck for 2017 to those who didn't.

PICTURE: (l to r): Ellie Mans, Jack Mans, Henry Nankivell, Chris Ogborne, Finbar Kane, James Edmunds, Josh Caffyn, Barney Joint, Archie Nankivell, Tom Rowsell, Nat Gore, Michael Fisher, Will Logsdon, Joshua Randall, Seb Lewis, Dan Hart.
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