The 2012 Academy had their first experience of playing on the Holywell on Saturday 12th May. For some it was their first ever outing on a course. The 33 players were divided into three groups. The top group played a 10 hole eclectic, with intermediate standard group playing a 7 hole eclectic and novices, many of whom had never held a club till March this year playing 3 holes.
A complicated scoring system had been devised by Kenton Williams (which many of the adult helpers struggled with but the children easily grasped) where each group had a target of number of shots to reach the green and a target of number of putts which in both cases, if achieved, saw them deduct a “bonus” shot from their score. For example the Group 3 first timers their regulation scores being 4 onto the green and down in 4 putts (these were also the maximum that was recorded on their cards). In passing those novices reached their target on 12 out of 36 shots to the green and 26 of the 36 putts which is a terrific start to their golf careers.
The highlight for two of the adults was seeing Emilyrose Arrowsmith, just days short of her tenth birthday, who putted magnificently all day drain a real whopper right across the notoriously difficult 5th green. The day would not be possible without the assistance of a fine body of members, parents and grandparents and the Academy is very grateful for their continued support.