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Sunday 22nd October.
After ten main tour events and two nine hole events within the Counties of Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Leicestershire a total of 70 players qualified for the end of Season Shires Junior Golf Tour Final, players still had a chance to move up the leader board in their respective divisions and a chance to pick up a £200.00 voucher from Gavin Hay of Custom lab golf.
18 players were in with a chance of claiming a top three spot in the Gold division it went down to the last few holes to decide who was going to be the Gold order of merit winner,
Shea Morris (Aspley Guise and Woburn Sands Golf Club), who had held top spot since the Abbey Hill event held onto his lead and walked away with the coveted Shires Junior Golf Tour Gold Order of merit shield.
Elijah Woodward (Kingsthorpe Golf Club) took the runners up spot from Jordan Darnell (Kettering Golf Club) who finished a close 3rd.
Jordan’s day was made special when he walked away with the Terry Gasking Trophy and a Voucher for £100.00 after shooting the best gross score in 2017 with a 2 under par 69 at Abbey Hill Golf Club. Jordan has reduced his handicap from 5 to 1 after a excellent season and hard work.
This was even closer as Thomas Freeman (Kingsthorpe Golf Club), Aidan Rudge (Collingtree Golf Club) and Austin Cooney (Kettering Golf Club) had just 5 points dividing them.
Thomas Freeman held his nerve and finished just above Aidan Rudge 2nd who took the silver Order of merit shield . Mark Stockdale of Overstone G.C leapt 3 spots to take 3rd.
Tour newcomer Vikram Singh (Bedfordshire Golf Club) took the top spot in this division winning the Diamond Order of merit by 6 points from runner up , 7 year old Bobby Moore (Thorpewood Golf Club), Bobby wasn’t to be outdone on the day and lifted the 9 hole division Mark Faulkner chasing your dreams trophy which coincided with the Grand Final.
3rd spot went to Oliver Fidler (The Bedford Golf Club) followed by Ollie Walden 4th and Martha Pieterse 5th both Overstone Golf Club.
As Part of our 2017 season we introduced two 9 hole events with the 2 best scores from 3 events being added together. 86 players took part at Beadlow Manor Golf Club followed by a further 63 at Brampton Heath Golf Centres short course.
Two trophies were on offer for the two different divisions and the following results were finalised at our Grand Final at Northampton Golf Club.
1st Bobby Moore – Thorpewood Golf Club
2nd Arianna Virk- Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club
3rd Anabella Hay- Beadlow Manor Golf Club
4th Ollie Walden- Overstone Golf Club
5th Martha Pieterse- Overstone Golf Club
1st Harrison Taylor – Northants County Golf Club
2nd Euan Cadle- Staverton Park Golf Club
3rd Lottie Heaver- Overstone Golf club
4th Joseph Hyde- Kettering Golf Club
5th Callum Gant- Rushden Golf Club.
A father and son have been praised for their heroic actions which saved a man’s life after he suffered a serious heart attack while playing golf.
Ellis Kerr and his dad Garry were halfway through a bonding session of the game at Haverhill Golf Club on Saturday, August 19 when disaster struck.
Another golfer – known only as Mick – collapsed on the course minutes after meeting the Kerr’s when his playing partner hit an errant ball in their direction.
Garry immediately sprung into action, starting to give CPR while seven-year-old junior golfing champion Ellis – ignoring his dad’s instruction to stay put – sprinted to the club house for help.
Mr Kerr, 45, said: “It’s not something you see everyday and don’t wish to see.
“I shouted for people around us to phone an ambulance. Then he just stopped breathing, I pushed him over and started CPR .
“I just kept on giving him CPR but he was blue, I didn’t think he would make it. ”
As others scrambled to call for help, Mr Kerr was focused on the sole task of keeping Mick alive.
He added: “It must have gone on for about 20 minutes.
“Occasionally he would take a couple of breaths and I would stop but the he just stopped breathing again. He’d fallen head first so his nose and mouth were bleeding.
“Even when the paramedic got there I had to keep doing CPR while he got the defibrillator out. ”
An air ambulance was called to assist and take the man to hospital for further treatment.
It is understood he is still in hospital awaiting surgery.
Mr Kerr, who is a regular visitor to the golf course with his son, said the life-saving encounter was “fate”.
He added: “I mean if the guy he was with hadn’t hit such a wayward tee shot then there wouldn’t have been anyone near him when it happened.
“The man’s wife got in touch with me to say thank you for everything and how much she appreciated it.”
Mr Kerr and Ellis are both members of the golf club and travel across the country for tournaments.
Being so young, Mr Kerr tried to shield Ellis from what was happening, telling him to stay where he was and wait for him but his heroic son knew he needed to help.
He added: “I didn’t realise until afterwards but Ellis had run all the way up the course to get help, all on his own.
“He’s only seven. I thought he was still waiting for me where I left him.
“I just think what he did was so brave.
“I was worried he’d be traumatised but luckily where he was standing, he couldn’t see through the bushes. The next day we talked it through and explained the man’s heart hadn’t been very good. ”
Mr Kerr, who works as a manufacturing supervisor, was previously first aid trained but never thought he’d be the type of person to take control in a crisis.
“I’ve done a bit of it in the past and it just kind of kicked in,” he said. “I always thought I wouldn’t know what to do but it just takes over.”
Pictures and story originally published by the Cambridge News
Shires Junior Golf Tour’s 2016 season got off to an ace start as Ben Loveard bagged a hole-in-one in the opening event at Hellidon Lakes, Northamptonshire on March 13th.The 12-year-old’s moment of perfection came on the short 13th hole as the Woburn member pitched his tee shot six feet beyond the flag and spun it back into the cup.
On a day when Shires Junior Golf Tour set a new record of 121 players in one event, the ace was the second in Tour history after Oliver Saunders holed out on the 12th at Kettering last year.