.l0Chesterfield Golf Club Juniors emerged victorious at a cold but sunny Matlock to register the win their first Derbyshire League Junior title since 2008.
Their opponents were a strong Kedleston Park team who boasted four U18s county level players.
The top match pitted Junior captain, Jack Barker-Sabido against his county colleague and two handicapper, Henry Hayward.
Barker-Sabido was off to a flyer, with two birdies in the first three holes to go three up.
Hayward never really recovered from this and more superb play from Barker-Sabido on the back nine saw him win his match 4 and 3.
Next up was Louie Cole, playing Ben Wain. Louie never looked in trouble on a course where he has had some great matchplay success in the past and he cruised to a 6 and 5 victory, finishing off with a 25 foot birdie putt on the 13th.
These wins made it almost impossible for Kedleston to come back for if it had been 2-2 the result would have been determined by holes won.
The third match saw an in-form Matt Pepper beat Chesterfield’s Harvey Sands by 3 and 2.
Pepper played well under his handicap, and much though Sands battled, he couldn’t make any inroads in the match.
The last match was much closer and went to the last hole, but young George Marsden saw off his older opponent, Josh Atkins.
Marsden was behind for much of the match, but won four holes on the trot in the middle of the round, and held on to win with an excellent par on the last.
The team were presented by the Junior League organiser, Graham Naylor, the Captain of Matlock, Steve Bradley, and the Chair of Derbyshire Golf, Cynthia Machent. The match was a superb advert for junior golf and was played in a great spirit by all of the players on both teams.
The win caps a great season for the club, that has seen the Junior section grow to 56 players, from beginner to county player, and has seen the club compete successfully in the Golf Sixes, for non-handicappers, the Derbyshire Futures Tour, and the Derbyshire Junior League, as well as organising weekly competitions for all junior players.
If you are interested in becoming a junior member, please contact the club on 01246 279256 and ask to speak to the Secretary/Manager, Sean Boyle.
Pictured are from left to right, George Marsden, Jack Barker-Sabido, Junior Captain, Gary Cole, Manager and Louie Cole.