Tiverton youngsters in line for county golf challenge

First published in Mid Devon News

Tiverton Golf Club's juniors are gearing up for another exciting year with ten youngsters in line for county callups and a number of talented new members joining.

Harry Konig and Ben Hearn recently starred for the Devon men’s team in their annual match against the county ladies at Woodbury Park, combining to score an exceptional sevenunder gross 65 with their fourball victory helping the men prevail 4½-1½.

Five other Tiverton boys – Nixie Acfield, Danny Perry, Alex Trepess, Tom Trowbridge and Alex Gibson – and three girls – Alex Dudley, Mollie Budden and Grace Jackson – are in contention for county squads.

Mark Sangster has been the driving force behind what is arguably the strongest junior section in Devon.

The junior organiser said: “The future really is bright for Tiverton’s junior section.

“We seem to be picking up new members, both experienced and new to the game, almost on a weekly basis with many joining us from other clubs.

“We now have seven boys and three girls being considered for county squads, and there are lots of other boys and girls improving at an amazing pace.

“The club and section are buzzing right now.

This year is going to be a very exciting one.”

Junior captain Konig recently competed in the British Colleges Championship at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire.

The Richard Huish College student finished a creditable 12th equal in the open gross competition after shooting rounds of two-over and five-over on the Hotchkin and Bracken courses respectively.

Hearn, 15, whose spectacular performance led Tiverton to third place in the Junior Champion Club Championship at Woodhall Spa in September, has been attending training weekends with the South West under-16 elite squad.

Konig and Hearn have also been keeping their eye in by playing in the County Captain’s Winter Medals.

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