Tuesday, September 23, 2003



ENGLISH youngsters dominated the leading positions in the Grand Final of the PGA Wee Wonders Open Golf championship, staged in association with the Golf Foundation, over the Balgove Course, St Andrews
The four boys' age groups were all won by competitors from England. Three of the four girls' age categories were also won by English entrants.
The odd girl out was Lesley Atkins from Minto Golf Club, near Hawick. Lesley won the 7 and 8 years' section in a close finish with Aimee Wilson from Branston, Staffordshire. Both used their allotted 36 shots to get as far as the ninth green. Lesley was closer to the hole.
Eight-year-old Ewan Scott, one of the two locals among the 72 qualifiers for the Grand Final, lost out in a "photo finish" for first place in the boys' seven to eight years' category. Both he and Aaron Rai from Wolverhampton holed out on the 10th green with their 36th shot. Aaron won the tie-breaker.
Lauren Whyte (7), the other St Andrews competitor, finished sixth in her age group.
The Grand Final was the culmination of six months of qualifying rounds and nine regional finals in Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales.
Started in 1995 by Alasdair Good, now head professional at Gullane, the PGA Wee Wonders tournament has grown into the biggest golfing event in Great Britain & Ireland for children from the ages of five up to 12 years.
"We are thrilled to support this event which promotes golf at its grassroots level," said Sandy Jones, chief executive of the PGA.


BOYS: 11-12 Years
1 Eddie Pepperell (Frilford Heath) 12th green; 2 Jack Brooks (Blackburn) 11th holed; 3 Jonathan Bell (Royal Blackheath) 11th holed; 4 Gurdit Dhanjal (Woodcote Park) 11th green; 5 Andrew McLachlan (Eastwood) 10th green; 6 David Graham (Shandon Park) 10th green; 7 Nathan Williams (Pontypridd) 10th green; 8 William McKay (Upavon) 10th fairway; 9 Kenny Govan (Brucefields) 9th holed.
BOYS: 9-10 Years
1 Nathan Kimsey (Woodhall Spa) 11th fairway; 2 Christopher Thursby (Eden, Carlisle) 10th holed; 3 Jack Mann (Brancaster) 10th holed; 4 Dermot McElroy (Ballymena) 10th green; 5 Daniel Jeffries (Newport) 10th green; 6 Iain Watson (Crail) 10th green; 7 Tom Collins (Camberley Heath) 10th green; 8 Gary Meechan (Kilsyth Lennox) 10th fairway; 9 William Chambers (Redbourn) 9th holed.
BOYS: 7-8 Years
1 Aaron Rai (Wolverhampton) 10th holed; 2 Ewan Scott (St Andrews) 10th holed; 3 William Aldred (Lamerwood) 10th green; 4 Jonny O'Mara (Letham Grange) 10th green; 5 Liam Cox (Burhill) 10th fairway; 6 Matthew Kane (Whitehead) 9th green; 7 Zachary Galliford (Borth & Ynslas) 9th green; 8 Dariuz Davey (Bristol & Clifton) 9th green; 9 Ryan Meechan (Kilsyth Lennox) 9th green; 10 Kane Sawyer (Costessey Park) 8th green.
BOYS: 5-6 Years.
1 Maxwell Martin (King's Norton) 10th fairway; 2 Jordan Aird (Sene Valley) 8th green; 3 Daniel Pickering (Pontypridd) 8th green; 4 David McBlain (Auchenharvie) 7th green; 5 Taylor Davis (Costessey Park) 7th fairway; 6 Jack Matthewson (North Berwick) 6th holed; 7 James Hargreaves (Willow Valley) 6th green; 8 Luke Armstrong (Rosses Point) 6th fairway; 9 Peter Spriggs (Newbury & Crookham) 6th fairway.
GIRLS: 11-12 Years
1 Katie Thompson (Meon Valley) 10th holed; 2 Georgina Kilby (Woodhall Spa) 10th fairway; 3 Alice Barnes (West Chiltington) 8th holed; 4 Elizabeth Scott (Chumleigh) 9th holed; 5 Kelly Miller (Aberystwyth) 9th holed; 6 Emma Goddard (Vale Royal) 9th green; 7 Amy Douglas (Southwick Park) 9th fairway; 8 Emma Bisset (Elie & Earlsferry) 9th fairway; 9 Ailsa Townsend (Murrayfield) 8th holed; 10 Niamh Carty (Rosses Point) 8th green; 11 Rebecca Hyatt (Wolverhampton) 8th green.
GIRLS: 9-10 Years
1 Helen Searle (Halifax) 10th fairway; 2 Emma Carberry (Highwoods) 10th fairway; 3 Ashley Cramond (Leamington Spa) 9th hole; 4 Eilidh Briggs (Ranfurly Castle) 9th holed; 5 Hayley Davis (Carnford Magna) 9th green; 6 Amy Boulden (Maesdu) 9th green; 7 Miranda Brain (Gog Magog) 9th green; 10 Megan O'Hara (Rosses Point) 8th holed.
GIRLS: 7-8 Years
1 Lesley Atkins (Minto) 9th green; 2 Aimee Wilson (Branston) 9th green; 3 Chloe Williams (Wrexham) 8th green; 4 Nadine Williams (Fynn Valley) 8th green; 5 Kytra Horlock (Ferndown Forest) 7th green; 6 Lauren Whyte (St Andrews) 7th green; 7 Ellie Goodall (Wike Ridge) 7th green; 8 Abigail Evans (Sittingbourne) 7th fairway; 9 Nicola Murray (Sligo) 5th green.
GIRLS: 5-6 Years
1 Lianna Bailey (Western Park) 7th green; 2 Fay Carpenter (Carnford Magna) 7th green; 3 Emily Boyman (Pwllheli) 6th green; 4 Charlotte Hatch (Costessey Park) 6th green; 5 Emma McTernan (Sligo) 6th fairway; 7 Elizabeth Prior (Weybridge) 6th fairway; 7 Julia McMillan (North Berwick) 5th fairway.