The 2017 Junior Girls Open takes place at Droitwich Golf Club on Thursday 13th April (Maunday Thursday) and is open to all girl golfers aged 18 and under on 1st January 2017.

Thirty six years ago, Droitwich organised the first Girls’ Open in the country, thanks to the dedicated lady members of the club who felt strongly about supporting young people taking up the sport. Today, the event continues to be an important date on the Junior Golfers’ calendar with players entering from all parts of the country.

This year’s competition is open to all ages and stages of Junior Girls’ Golf. Beginners can enjoy their first taste of competition over nine holes, encouraged by club members and their parents. More experienced players enter the eighteen hole competition with the winner qualifying for the Daily Telegraph Junior Golf Competition which could take them towards the final, last year played in Portugal.

Over the years, the club has proudly observed the progress of girls who have regularly entered the competition. Several players advanced to professional golf with Helen Dobson who became British Ladies Champion, being just one example. It is a joy to watch these young players take this sporting event so seriously and satisfying to the club in the knowledge of giving the opportunity for young players to experience a special day for their chosen sport.

The 18 hole competition, open to girls with an active CONGU handicap of 36 or under, is £8.00. The 9 hole competition, where there are no restrictions on entry is £5.00. The entry form can be found on the club website following the “Comps” tab above or via Golf Empire.

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Of the testy closing stretch at the Copperhead Course—the Snake Pit—many feel the most dangerous hole is the watery, 475-yard 16th. Hadwin almost drowned his chances for good at the hole when he lost his tee shot into the water and made double-bogey. When Cantlay made par, they were tied for the first time all day, but Cantlay seemed to have all the momentum.

“I told him, ‘Forget about it,’” said Hadwin’s caddie Joe Cruz. “‘All you wanted was a chance and you still have that chance.’ He said, ‘You’re right. I can’t be mad.’ I think this proves we belong out here. I know he’s believed it ever since Palm Springs, and it’s cool to pull one out.”

Hadwin went from 15th to fourth in the FedExCup standings, qualified for his first Masters, and became just the second player to win on the PGA TOUR, the Mackenzie Tour—PGA TOUR Canada, and the Web.com Tour. Although he came into the week 98th in the Official World Golf Ranking, the victory moved him up to 51st, making him eligible for the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play. (He’ll be getting married and will miss it.)

He almost lost it all with the splash of his errant 3-wood tee shot on 16.

“I was still in the golf tournament,” Hadwin said. “I was tied for the lead with two holes to go.”

Both players made par on 17, and on the walk to the 18th tee Hadwin told caddie Cruz that they were still in better shape than they’d been in at the CareerBuilder Challenge. That was where Hadwin shot a third-round 59 but lost to Hudson Swafford by a shot.

This time there were no such regrets. Cantlay smoked a 3-wood down the 18th fairway, and Hadwin did the same. Then Cantlay made one of his only mistakes, losing his approach shot into the right greenside bunker. Hadwin kept his own approach just left of the pin, his ball rolling up against the back fringe, and with Cantlay unable to get up and down, and Hadwin cozying his bellied-wedge third shot to within a foot, it was over.

“I just went out there today and stuck to what I do best, and just hit some quality golf shots, and really made the game super easy outside of hole No. 16,” Hadwin said. “I feel a little fortunate after that hole to be sitting here with you, but I’ll certainly take it and I can’t wait for everything that comes with this win.”

Local favourite SSP Chawrasia won the Hero Indian Open for the second successive year with a sensational seven-shot victory over Malaysia’s Gavin Green to claim his fourth European Tour title. The 38-year-old gained 275,828 points and made a massive jump in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, moving from 194th to 18th position, as he targets a debut appearance in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, hosted by Jumeirah Golf Estates from November 16-19, which is open only to the top 60 ranked players.

Chawrasia, who became the first Indian to defend a European Tour title, entered the final round of the rain affected tournament two strokes clear of Spain’s Carlos Pigem.  While the Spaniard had a day to forget, carding four bogeys and a double bogey for a six over par 78, the man from Calcutta produced a steady one under par 71 to sign for a 10 under par total of 278, taking his season total to 289,309 points.

Green, meanwhile, hit five bogeys and two birdies for a round of three over par 75 which proved good enough to secure second place at three under par 285 for the tournament.

Pigem’s one under par total of 287 saw him drop into a share of fifth place with compatriot and Dubai favourite Rafa Cabrera Bello as well as last year’s runner up Anirban Lahiri.

Each gained 59,249 points, with Pigem moving from 73rd to 49th, while Cabrera Bello broke back into the Race to Dubai’s top five and Lahiri moved from 58th to 43rd.

Italy’s Matteo Manassero and Scotland’s Scott Jamieson were tied in third on two under par 286.

Manassero and Jamieson claimed 93,177 points each, with the Italian moving from 98th to 47th while the Scotsman jumped from 77th to 39th.

South Africa’s George Coetzee, England’s David Horsey and Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey finished in a share of eighth to gain 37,182 points each. Coetzee moved from 53rd to 46th, Horsey progressed from 157th to 98th and Hoey advanced from 216th to 111th.

England’s Tommy Fleetwood remains at the head of the Race to Dubai rankings with 1,550,987 points with Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti in second place with 585,311 points and Spain’s Sergio Garcia in third place with 533,846 points.

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Tshwane Open final leaderboard:
-18 D Burmester (Rsa); -15 M Korhonen (Fin), J Campillo (Esp); -14 P Uihlein (US); -13 A Bjork (Swe); -12 J Blaauw (Rsa), P Dunne (Irl), J Morrison (Eng).
Selected others:-9 R Ramsay (Sco); -7 D Stewart (Sco), O Fisher (Eng); -6 G Storm (Eng), M Warren (Sco), S Jamieson (Sco); -5 J Donaldson (Wal), L Slattery (Eng), J Smith (Eng).

Overnight leader Scott Jamieson produced a nightmare final round of 78 to blow his chances at the Tshwane Open in South Africa.

Home favourite Dean Burmester carded a 65 to win his first European Tour Title on 18-under.

Scotland’s Jamieson shared the lead with Sweden’s Alexander Bjork after rounds two and three at Pretoria Country Club.

But his hopes evaporated early when he bogeyed three of his first four holes.

The 33-year-old ran up a double bogey on the eighth on his way to a front nine of 39 and he double-bogeyed the 12th and 13th, eventually finishing in a tie for 22nd.

Bjork carded a 71 to end the tournament in fifth spot.

Burmester began the day one shot behind Jamieson and Bjork but his second successive 65 ensured he finished three clear of both Finland’s Mikko Korhonen and Spain’s Jorge Campillo.

“I can’t believe it,” Burmester, 27, said. “I sharpened my teeth as a youngster on the Big Easy Tour here at home and I think I had five seconds in one year and then two years later I had four wins on the Sunshine Tour.

“It’s gone from strength to strength and now I’m a European Tour winner and that sounds great.”

Ireland’s Paul Dunne carded a final round 66 to finish in a share of sixth on 12 under, with England’s James Morrison also finishing in sixth after a 69.

WGC Mexico Championship, final leaderboard:
-14 D Johnson (US); -13 T Fleetwood (Eng); -12 R Fisher (Eng), J Rahm (Spa); -11 T Pieters (Bel), J Thomas (US); -10 B Snedeker (US), P Mickelson (US), R McIlroy (NI)
Selected others: -9 T Hatton (Eng); -7 S Garcia (Spa), J Spieth (US); -6 P Casey (Eng), M Fitzpatrick (Eng); -5 A Sullivan (Eng); -2 L Westwood (Eng)

American Dustin Johnson held off a strong European challenge to win his first tournament as world number one at the World Golf Championships in Mexico.

Johnson, 32, closed with a round of 68 to finish 14 under par, one shot clear of England’s Tommy Fleetwood (66).

Another Englishman, Ross Fisher (65), was tied for third on 12 under with Spanish rookie Jon Rahm (68).

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, the halfway leader, did not threaten as he ended with a level-par 71 for 10 under.

Johnson moved to the top of the rankings last month and becomes only the fifth player after Ian Woosnam, David Duval, Vijay Singh and Adam Scott to win his first tournament after becoming number one.

“It means a lot – it’s a tough spot to be in,” said Johnson. “There a lot of pressure on you. I played just well enough I guess, because I won by one.”

Johnson looked to be cruising to victory when he led by four shots midway through the final round but he was briefly overhauled by Rahm.

The 22-year-old from northern Spain is based in the US but confirmed last week he had taken out affiliate membership of the European Tour to be eligible for the Ryder Cup team.

A victory in his maiden WGC event looked possible when Rahm moved to 14 under – and a one-shot lead – with birdies on 14 and 15, but successive bogeys followed to leave him in a tie for third.

Fleetwood closed with two rounds of 66 to finish second

Southport’s Fleetwood, 26, sank a superb 40ft putt on the last to secure second place on his own, and with it a cheque for £850,000.

Fisher, from Ascot, surged into contention with nine bogeys in a final round that left the 36-year-old tied with Rahm in third place.

“That last putt [a birdie at the 18th hole] was a big one wasn’t it?” Fleetwood said. “It was just nice to have a chance going down the stretch and it just shows you’re never quite out of it if you just hang in there.”

Frustrating afternoon for McIlroy

Two strokes from the lead starting the day, McIlroy missed a seven-foot birdie chance at the first hole, which set the tone for a frustrating afternoon.

“I needed to get off to a fast start and I didn’t. The course got a little tricky over the weekend and maybe I didn’t adjust to that,” said McIlroy, who had returned to action following a seven-week lay-off with a rib injury.

“First start back, it’s OK, but being two ahead going into the weekend [it is] obviously disappointing to finish where I have.

“These two rounds were the sort of rounds I would have expected the first two days, not the last two. I was hoping to improve as the week went on.”

DROITWICH GOLF CLUB TO HOST 37th JUNIOR GIRLS OPEN

In 2017 the Junior Girls Open takes place at Droitwich Golf Club on Thursday 13th April (Maundy Thursday) and we

 encourage Junior Girl

Golfers from all over the country to

join this historic competition.

O

ur Junior Girl’s Open is a qualifier for the

Daily

Telegraph Junior Golf Competition

(@Telegraph Junior)
, making it an opportunity

to take part in the biggest junior golf competition in the world.

All girls who enter will be

competing for a place in the final, taking place from November 6 – 11, 2017, at the amazing resort of Quinta do Lago, Portugal.

 
Thirty six years ago, Droitwich organised the first Girls’ Open in the country, thanks to the dedicated lady members of the club who felt strongly about supporting young people taking up the sport. Today, our event continues to be an important date on the Junior Golfers’ calendar

and we are as dedicated as ever to supporting young golfers to achieve their ambitions.
The 18 hole competition is open to girls 18 years of age and under (on 1st January 2017) with an active CONGU handicap (maximum 36), and

o
ur 9 hole competition is open to

girls with handicap over 36 and those without handicaps

who will be
supported

on the day

by our members

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Over the years, the club has proudly observed the progress of girls who have regularly entered the competition. Several players advanced to professional golf with Helen Dobson

(

who became British Ladies Champion

)

being just one example.

We are thrilled to have received support from Women & Golf Magazine who covered the event Women and Golf Online Coverage and from Midlands Golfer

who featured for Junior Captain Phoebe Stanley (@phoebestanley12) with junior players from Droitwich Golf Club (@golfDroitwich) during a lesson with our PGA Pro Phil Cundy (@cundygolf).
We

‘re looking forward to a full day of Junior Girls golf

at Droitwich

Golf Club

on Thursday 13th April

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To be a part of this event look for the

entry form

on

www.droitwichgolfclub.co.uk

and Golf Empire

www.golfempire.co.uk/entryforms2/Droitwich-Junior-Open2.htm

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The 18 hole competition is £8.00 and the 9 hole £5.00.