Junior Week at Wrag Barn is always a highlight in our calendar. Fifty two Juniors took part this year aged between 6-18 years and the week started on 29th July culminating in a Presentation Evening on 4th August attended by 120 people.
The week is a combination of coaching and competitions. The Seniors play with the Juniors on the first day and some brave ladies turned out to play with the Cadets on Tuesday, but monsoonal rains sent them back into the Clubhouse for a rather tense (for the author) putting competition.
On the Saturday, there was a match against the men and the Juniors always win – this year was no exception with the Juniors winning 8.5 to 1.5 and the Vice Captain remarked that he didn’t think the result was too bad!
Our Junior Champion is, Junior Captain and Club Champion, Kyle Campbell who has had an remarkable year and will no doubt have to extend his trophy cabinet to contain all the cups and shields he has won with some exceptional performances.
The standard of our Junior Section is due to the dedication and commitment of Richard Ward who has selflessly volunteered his time for the past 12 years. Richard was short-listed for England Golf Volunteer of the year 2018, which was a tremendous achievement as it’s an award which receives numerous applications.
During Richard’s time with the Junior Section, they won the Wiltshire Junior Sports Team of the Year and often won the Junior Knock Out, Wiltshire League and were County Champions. They’ve travelled to Spain representing the UK and, on the way, have formed some enduring and important friendships.
This was summed up by Matt Mumford who posted the above picture with the following comment: “What you see before you is six past junior captains and former team mates all coming together for one last night to celebrate the man who has transformed Wrag Barn Junior Section and helped shape the career paths of so many. Last night was a special night and we are all so proud and honoured to have been a part of it. Thank you Richard Ward.”