Shires Junior Golf Tour offer boy and girl golfers of all abilities between the ages of 5 and 21 years old the opportunity to play in competitions. Please come and join us.
It is run by parents, with the help of golf clubs and golf club professionals. The 2017 Tour has 12 events, this includes a Team event and a Pro-Am , in the counties of Leicestershire & Rutland, Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire.
After yet another record breaking season with fields of 100 players plus Tour director Paul Bull and Tour Manager Mark Faulkner wanted to thank all the Volunteers that were involved in helping out at each event, They said ‘it is beyond our wildest dreams that the Shires Junior Golf Tour has come such a long way in just 3 years’
Paul Bull further commented on the good will gestures made by all the sponsors and how much it had helped to make the tour such a great success and the place to be. An introduction of yet another 9 hole division ( Diamond) had seen the tours numbers increase, There are so many youngsters out there trying to make their first steps onto the golf course commented Mark Faulkner and the Diamond division is just the place to start.
After years of being a Junior delegate Paul and Mark had noticed the ever decreasing numbers of junior players at golf clubs, Together they decided to set up an affordable tour with a variety of golf courses within the Northamptonshire,Leicestershire and Bedfordshire area’s .
Paul Bull explained that it was great to see other local tours starting to sit up and realise that using the Shires Junior Golf Tour template to make it fun and affordable was the way forward . Paul further explained that a lot of Tours had tried to cash in on Junior golf and use them as vehicles for making money, this he said had been their downfall the only reward needed is seeing the Juniors enjoy themselves.
2016 saw the introduction of a Shires Junior Golf Tour Pro-Am at Kingsthorpe golf Club an idea Paul Bull is really proud of. With the help of PGA professionals Carl Sainsbury and Stuart Kier the day was made very special when Hannah Burke Ladies European Tour Player and Ryan Evans Mens European Tour player lined up along side Leicestershire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire PGA professionals to make it a dream come true for Shires Junior Golf Tour players. ‘Who knows who will take part in 2017’ commented Carl Sainsbury.
2016 also saw the continued support of it’s team event, as players from each division joined forces to battle it out in a 4 man Texas scramble at Pavenham Golf Club for the Prestigious Thomas Gasking Trophy , Paul Bull mentioned that the sponsorship by Kerry Thomas and Terry Gasking had gone a long way to forming friendships between players for life no matter what age they were.
2017 will also see the introduction of yet another coveted Terry Gasking masters scratch Trophy , best gross score in 2017 will receive a voucher for £100.00.
Shires Junior Golf Tours Paul Bull is also very proud of the connections the tour has made within the three county golf unions.
Paul explained that the Bedfordshire Golf Union had shown interest in 2014, the following season the shires junior golf tour was included in an email to all clubs within their county recommending their juniors to take part in our tour. In 2016 The BGU used the Shires Junior Golf tours 4 events in Bedfordshire as part of their Junior order of merit also helping them to identify players in form and up and coming talent.
Northamptonshire Golf Limited have been very impressed with what the Shires Junior Golf Tour have achieved in just 3 years and Paul made recommendations to the county coaches on up and coming players. It was also very noticeable how many boys and girls from the Shires tour had made their way into the Northants County set up. A great achievement on their part and reward for all their hard work.
Leicestershire Golf Union were given access to the Shires Junior golf tour Results on master scoreboard in 2016 helping them to identify players in form and again up and coming talent. Paul will be meeting with them in 2017 to discuss further ideas and promote the Shires Junior golf tour and it’s idea’s.