Memorable week for Barratt as he claims a double victory
The school holidays signalled a busy golfing period for Normanby Hall's juniors.
Their league matches saw them finish with three wins out of 10. However, six out of seven losses were by a 2-0 scoreline which could easily have been reversed.
There was some very encouraging performances considering that sometimes players were playing their first competitive matches and were required to play off handicaps of 20, which was much less than their own personal handicaps.
Normanby's last league game was at Ashby Decoy. This was a very tight affair and a 3-0 result for Decoy would have won them the league.
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The first match, involving team captain Sam Pavlovskis and Dan Tollan, was the key game. It finally went to the 17th green, where Normanby won 2&1 after Tom Brooks had made a 30ft putt for Decoy on the 16th to prolong their hopes of winning the league.
The other two games were won easily by Decoy, who have a very strong squad, with their highest handicapper playing off 14.
Normanby finished fourth in the Northern section of the Lincs League, which is a good effort and one to build on for next year as they prepare to cope without departing captain Pavlovskis who never lost a game this season.
In the Kent Cup, the rapidly improving Adam Keogh scored a fine nett 68 off a handicap of 11 to win by five shots from Dylan Moss.
The Frank Braithwaite Trophy produced some very good scores from Moss, who won with nett 69. Runner-up was Keogh (nett 70), followed by Liam Barratt (nett 71).
In the August Medal, Jack Barker and Oliver Martin both recorded nett 68s, but Barker's BB9 saw him take first prize.
In the Merve Ellison Putter competition, an outstanding performance by Jack Fairless in only his second competition saw him shoot a nett 66, narrowly winning by one shot from Moss, on 67.
The latter was closely followed by Josh Story and Keogh with nett 68s.
The Derby Shield results confirmed the emergence of the younger new members as Alex Barratt carded a superb nett 65 in only his third competition to comfortably beat brother Liam by five shots. Both will see their handicaps adjusted accordingly.
Alex rounded off a memorable week as he strolled to victory in the Clark Construction Trophy with 42 points, played under the Stableford format. In second place was another 13-year-old, Scott Fish, who scored 37 points.
The Palmer Trophy, a bogey competition where players play matchplay against the course, saw Liam Barratt run out a comfortable winner with a score of +4.
That was three shots clear of Pavlovskis and continued a string of solid performances by Liam in both men's and junior competitions.
In fact, Pavlovskis, Adam and Liam all sit in the top four in the men's overall league table for points scored in nominated events during the season.
Only the prodigious Arnold Trophy, an individual matchplay knockout event, remains to be completed after some close matches where the youngsters have illustrated the potential they have to offer the junior section over the next five years.
Normanby Hall's Junior Open Day will be held on Sunday, September 9, where visitors from all clubs will have a chance to play on the toughest course in the county.