History made at Stonham Barns in junior event
Alexandra Rock, a talented visiting golfer from the Czech Republic, made history at Stonham Barns Golf Club at the weekend.
The 14-year-old won the club’s Junior Players Championship Trophy for a third time in as many years on Sunday.
She competed in the U15 category, winning that and the overall tournament with her score.
Alex, who lives in Prague and is a member of Podebrady Golf Club, became the only person over the 18-year history of the event to achieve three wins.
She wrapped up victory at three-over -par, with an excellent score of 32.
In the age categories, 11-year-old Ethan Lewin from Stonham Barns won the U12s, with brother Kyran in second place.
The U10 category was won by Beatrice Meadows from Bury St Edmunds Golf Club, with Ted Hopkins in second place.
The Stonham Junior Players Championship is the last of eight tournaments each year and only players that have played in at least one event are invited to play.
This junior tournament was first played at Stonham Barns in 2001 and has been played every year since.
More than 500 juniors have played in the event in that time, with some previous winners going on to become county players and even England internationals.
In addition to rewarding the winners, one of the main aims of these events is to encourage players of all standards to come along, have fun and enjoy playing some competitive golf.
This year the event was played using 'Big Hole Golf' which uses larger eight-inch golf holes.
The concept is becoming popular all over the world as a way of getting increased participation into golf, following a basic philosophy of quicker rounds making golf fun, including less putting.
Stonham Barns was the first course in the UK to convert to Big Hole Golf and the feedback from all the players has been great.
For more information, contact 01449 711545 or visit www.stonhambarnsgolf.co.uk/big-hole-golf.