Junior Section

Team Fixtures 2019

Thurs 2nd May  v  Boldon (h)
Thurs 9th May v George Washington (a)
Thurs 16th May v South Shields (a)
Thurs 23rd May v Ramside (h)
Thurs 6th June v Chester le Street (a)
Thurs 13th June v Heworth (a)
Thurs 27th June v Boldon (a)
Thurs 4th July  v George Washington (h)
Thurs 11th July  v South Shields (h)
Thurs 18th July v Ramside (a)
Thurs 25th July v Chester le Street (h)
Thurs 1st August v Heworth (h)

Mens Club Championship 2019 

Congratulation to HLSGC junior Dan Ellison on becoming 2019 Club Champion.  Dan's hard work  and recent form combined perfectly in less than perfect conditions yesterday to secure the 2019 title against a strong field of experienced golfers and past champions.  Dan was the only player in the field to go level par  (72)  in the morning round taking a one shot lead into the afternoon round ahead of his dad John and fellow junior member Jack Laidler who both scored 73.  That was  in itself a fantastic achievement by 15 year old Jack in his first Club Championship.  Others in contention included David Stabler, Graeme Stubbs, Ian Baxter  and Sean Foster on  75 and also  Rio Jones on 76. The afternoon round saw some much better scoring in general including an impressive 78 by Jack Laidler ,  75 by David Stabler , 74 by Gavin Spensley and Jamie Purvis , and 73 by Eddie Mackie and Adam Laidler. Dan came down the 18th with 2 chasing groups behind him on -2 for his round. With a nervy putt to secure par in front of the watching members gallery Dan holed out in style to post a score of 70 and combined with his morning 72 the clubhouse target was set at 142. So with 2 groups to come in which saw  Graeme Foster par the course with an excellent 72 the only threat to Dan's lead came in the form of his Dad John and Sean Foster.   John came up short with a 75 and despite a fantastic one under par 71 by Sean to give him a combined total 146 it wasn't enough to better the mark set by Dan who won by 4 shots securing his first Club Championship title.   A tremendous achievement by 17 year old Dan who earlier in the season won the Junior Club Championships. When awarded the trophy by Captain Dave Bryson Dan paid tribute and thanks to his parents John and Joanna for all their continued support in his achievement. The full leaderboard is pictured below along with the moment Dan holed out to win the competition. Thanks to everyone who took part and returned all scores promptly.  A special thanks to those who completed both rounds despite remote chances of success after disappointing first rounds ! Ian Cassap - Competition and Handicap Secretary         

HLSGC Junior Open 2019 Result sheet


2019 Junior Club Championship - 13/07/19

Congratulations to Dan Ellison on wining the 2019 HLSGC Junior Championship. Dan continued his impressive season with fantastic gross scores of 71 Rd1 & 72 Rd2 to win by 13 shots overall seeing his handicap reduced to 3.8 ! Dan also claims the handicap cup with a first round Nett 66. Some excellent scores were returned by all the competitors including a 2nd round Gross 74  (nett 64 ) by  Captain Oliver Norden who finished in second place after a first round 82 giving him a total of 156 overall. See the link for full results Junior Club Championship and Handicap Cup 2019 Dan with the Championship Trophy 
Congratulations to the Nett winners at Durham County Boys Championships today at Boldon. Dan Ellison (U18) and Jack Laidler (U16) from Houghton-le-Spring Golf Club.
Ladies and Juniors Team Event 11/04/19 1st place S Gilmour,  H Pryor,  O Norden,  E Rought. 24.9 points 2nd place J Ellison J Hodgkinson, J Howell,   O Ridley 26.6 points 3rd place C Bryson, V Taylor, J Whelan, O Turvey. 26.7 points 4th place C Coleman,  V Grant, C Reed, H Grayson. 36 points

Durham County Junior Foursomes - Dan & Ryan reach final!!

Ladies and Juniors draw - 11.04.19

Junior Liaison Officer - Joanna Ellison

Thank you to all the families and members who made our annual Family Race Night such a success again. Special thanks to Graeme Anderson for running the evening as always and also to Oliver’s mum Lisa who’s help was very much appreciated. The winter has flown over and here we are at the start of the 2019 season with lots to look forward to. Plans to have a measured Blue Tee course are well underway with our 3185 yard course now marked out ready for our Academy Juniors to use very soon. I’m also very pleased to confirm that we are part of a Blue Tee League pilot in Durham County this year with our younger members having the opportunity to represent the club against Chester le St, Wearside and Boldon in 6 hole team games over the summer months. We also have a great opportunity from Houghton le Spring 41 Club’s through their work to support developing young people in the community.  I will have tickets for sale for their 8th Annual Beer & Cider festival on Friday 10th May at five pounds each. The more ticket holders we have there on the night the more entries we get into the Golden Ticket draw meaning we could win top prizes of five hundred or one thousand pounds for the section. Anyone interested in tickets please contact me or leave your contact details, along with number of tickets needed, behind the bar for me. Finally, I’d like to wish Oliver an enjoyable and successful year as our Junior Captain for 2019!   Joanna Ellison JLO  

Captains Blog

Spring Captains Blog: Hello, welcome to the Houghton-le-spring G.C junior page. I am this year’s junior captain, Oliver Norden and this is a blog of what goes on in our junior section: Recent events: Family Race Night- This years Family Race Night was a great success with many juniors attending and a total of £297.50 raised for the junior section. Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed. February Half Term- A Texas Scramble was played between 14 of our juniors of mixed ability and age to showcase the variety in our junior section, the winning team was Dan, Ryan, Leo and Thomas scoring 44 for 12 holes! Future events: Junior Team - As the golfing season begins our junior team fixtures will be played every Thursday (home and away), first tee time from 5pm and it would be great to see as many people as possible turn out and support the team. We start the season with a 5 man team cup game away to Hartlepool in April, date to be confirmed with our opening league game on May the 2nd at home to Boldon as we look to kick start a campaign for this years North East Junior league title. As well as this, we also have a pair competing in this year’s Junior county foursomes at Whitburn and Hartlepool on the 6th and 7th of April, I wish Dan Ellison and Ryan Mackie the best of luck in this year’s event. Junior competitions-This year is the most exciting year for our younger juniors with many competitions scheduled throughout the year and a new Blue Tee junior league to represent the club within the county. For our older juniors, there are our usual annual competition to play for as well as our junior match play and Parent & Child knockouts to compete in. Please see the fixture page of the web site for full calendar of events – link below: http://www.houghtongolfclub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/FIXTURES-2019-.pdf   In addition to the competition fixtures, we will hold Junior Roll-Ups on a Saturday afternoon when there are no formal junior competitions. These will be hosted by myself and my vice captain, James Howell. We would like to invite juniors of any age or ability to join in with both fun and competitive golf. A meet up time will be arranged on a weekly basis via our Facebook page (Houghton Golf Club Junior section) or by text message. Thank you for reading the blog. I will keep you updated with all major news and events throughout the season. I look forward to seeing you all throughout the year of my captaincy, Enjoy your Golf!   Oliver Norden Junior Captain 2019 Junior Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/HoughtonGolfClubJuniorSecti