North of England Under 16's competition

2023 North Of England Under 16's Event Summary

The 2023 event got underway on Tuesday 22nd with an international match when England Girls Under 16’s defeated their Swiss counterparts by 3½ to 2½.

The competition proper began on Wednesday 23rd with Under 16 and Under 14 Boys and Girls sections all playing their first round. The second round followed on Thursday after which the field was reduced to 28 boys and 14 girls who played 36 holes on Friday.

Members and visitors witnessed top class golf across all three days. In the Under 14’s section the Boy’s winner was Alexander Boyes of Teesside GC with a three under par score of 285. In the Girls Under 14’s Annabel Peaford of Walton Heath GC won with a total score of 293 (3 under par) beating her twin sister Emily by one shot.

The leading Girl was Charlotte Naughton of Ponteland GC with a 7 under total score of 289. The leading Boy was Archie Cook (Goswick GC) again with a 7 under aggregate score of 281. Congratulations to both as our winners of the Pannal Trophies in 2023.

The event returns to Pannal on the 21st-23rd August 2024 and the Club thanks all volunteers and sponsors who made the 2023 event such success.

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. Carlota Ciganda, the U14's winner in 2003 went on to win the British Ladies Amateur in 2007 before winning the ISPS Handa Order of Merit and being named Players' Player of the Year and the LET Rookie of the Year in 2012. The most impressive step up into the professional game however has surely been made by the U16's winner of 2010 Matt Fitzpatrick, when he became a major winner through his victory in the 2022 US Open at Brookline, Massachusetts.

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 more about notable past winners including Pablo Martin, Carlota Ciganda and Matt Fitzpatrick by viewing the attachment below.