Juniors have their day at Ringway

SEVENTEEN single figure players were among a 40-strong field in the second annual staging of the Manchester and District Junior Open at Ringway.

WINNERS: From left, Louisa, George and Edward

EVERYONE A WINNER: From left, Louisa, George and Edward

Royal Birkdale picked up two of the four top trophies as last year’s nett winner, one of their members Edward Reed, aged 11, retained the Fred Heap Memorial Trophy 64 off his 16 handicap, three shots clear of Styal’s Sam McLeod.

History also repeated itself in the battle for the Fred Heap Scratch Salver as Ringway junior captain George Osborne followed his predecessor Chris Dodd with a 70 to win by three shots from Royal Birkdale and Ashton-under-Lyne star Louisa Brunt.

Louisa had the ample compensation of winning the Tom Harrison Trophy with the best girls’ score of nett 72, three less than Royal Liverpool’s Emily McBurney.

Ringway professional Nick Ryan said: “This was also a qualifier for the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship and we were pleased to see such a high-quality field take part.

“The event was organised in 2013 to perpetuate the memory of Fred Heap, a former president of the Manchester and District Junior Golf Society, who did so much to encourage junior golf in the 1950s and 60s but the society ceased operations in 2002.

“It was great to see another M and D JGS stalwart, Donald McDonald, attending the day and also Tom Harrison was on hand to present his trophy to the Louisa Brunt.”

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