Juniors trump seniors in Eric Russell Trophy

Conor O’Grady (centre) with the Eric Russell Trophy and members of the victorious Redbourn Juniors.

Conor O’Grady (centre) with the Eric Russell Trophy and members of the victorious Redbourn Juniors. (Left to right): Alex Crawford, Jamie Knight, Owen Benson, Jordan Everett, Nick Denton, Alex Williams, Conor O’Grady (capt.), Michaela Du Plessis, Holly Hunter, Jack Stevens, George Mudd, Jack Bigham, Luke Baynham and Jake Norman. - Credit: Archant

JUNIOR golfers at Redbourn Golf Club saw off their senior counterparts for the fifth time in six years to win the annual Eric Russell Trophy.

The event, named after the club’s founding member Eric Russell, who passed away 15 years ago, saw a total of 99 matches played over the two days as 11 teams of at least 10 players competed in the match play contest.

It proved an extremely tight affair as the whole club came out to support the competition, which went down to the wire with just one-and-a-half points separating the Redbourn juniors and joint runners-up, The SMS Allstars and The E and B’s.

The victorious team was made up of a cross section of Redbourn’s junior section including youngsters of different ages and abilities ranging from low single figure handicappers to some of the less experienced golfers.

Ian McDowell, Redbourn Golf Club general manager, said: “The Eric Russell Trophy is one of the most anticipated events on the calendar and with 120 golfers taking part this year, it is one of our most popular competitions.

“We have a well established junior section with more than 80 youngsters, and it is testament to the hard work and dedication of Redbourn junior organiser, Mark Knight, that they have been so dominant over the past few years.

“I’d like to thank the two former Redbourn captains Nick Jones and Bob Taylor and their respective wives Carol and Lin, who initiated the event all those years ago. As well as playing in the event they still look after much of the administration and scoring over the weekend ably assisted by another former Redbourn captain, Frank Smith and his wife Barbara.”

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Played over the Ver Course at Redbourn, the competition is extremely popular among club members both young and old, and over the years has raised thousands of pounds for charity.

This year the event raised more than £1,000 for the captains’ chosen charity for 2013, Dogs for the Disabled, a charity that trains assistance dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities.

For more information about Redbourn Golf Club, visit: www.redbourngolfclub.co.uk or call 01582 793493.