2018 Championship

The 2018 North of England Under-16 Championships attracted 132 young talented golfers from all over the country and overseas. The event started on Tuesday with an international match between England and Switzerland under-16 girls, which England won 4-2. On Wednesday and Thursday, competitors played 18 holes, then the top 56 players continued with a further 36 holes on Friday.

The boys’ winner was local golfer Jack Ward from Rudding Park GC with a superb 7 under par 281 for the 72 holes, helped by an excellent 66 in Round 3. Winner of the girls’ Trophy was Ellie Gower from Chateau de Vigiers GC, who was just 1 shot behind Jack, but in addition Ellie had played 36 holes in Tuesday’s international match. In the Under 14 age group, Cormac Sharpe from Blairgowrie GC won the boys’ Trophy, and Patience Rhodes from Burnham and Berrow GC won the girls’ Trophy.

Special mention to Pannal’s Oliver Abbott who successfully made the cut and played very consistently over the 4 rounds, coming 13th overall, and also to Rachel Seal who just missed the cut.

Competitors and parents were extremely complimentary about the quality of the course and facilities, and the friendliness of the staff and the many members who had volunteered to help, both on and off course, during the 4 days.

England v Switzerland Girls International Match

Pannal is proud to play host to the 2018 North of England U16 Championships 29th to 31st August 2018 which has attracted 132 talented young golfers from all over the country and overseas. The event started on Tuesday 28th August with an Under-16 Girls International Match England v Switzerland, which England won 4-2.

Event History

For many years Pannal Golf Club has been a leader in the world of Junior Golf. From 1957 to 1964 the Club staged the British Amateur Youth Championship where many juniors competed who went on to top level professional careers. Notable winners include Alex Caygill and Brian Barnes. The event returned in 1975 when it was won by a certain Nick Faldo, who set a course record at that time of 65 on his way to victory.

2001 saw the inauguration of the North of England Under 16’s Stroke Play Championship which ran until 2005 and then returned here again in 2010. Again there have been many players who have gone on to great things, including Pablo Martin, the first man to win as an amateur and then a professional on the European Tour.

The event was the brainchild of Anthony Abraham, past President of England Golf, who got in touch with Henry Dean, Pannal Captain in 2000. Pannal hosted it from 2001 until 2005 (incl.) and then in 2006, our centenary, we had the English Boys Championship Finals at Pannal, at a similar time of year, and it was thought prudent to find an alternative venue for the U16s.

Heswall agreed to host it from 2006 and following a later agreement it now alternates between the two clubs on three year terms, returning to Pannal in 2010 and again in 2016.

The club has also staged a number of Junior International matches. In October 2012, England Boys Under 16’s beat Scotland Boys Under 16’s in their annual match. Each year before the North of England Under 16’s there is a mixed international match: in 2016 England Girls took on Switzerland.

Notable Past Winners

Read all about the notable past winners including Matt Fitzpatrick and Carlota Ciganda by viewing the attachment below.

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