Bramshaw Golf Club

Activities and Competition

What we do

This page explains the activities and competitive opportunities that a junior golfer has at Bramshaw. It also records notable successes that the Club and its individual young golfers have achieved in recent times. In order to aid the development of the young golfer we have a full programme of opportunities for the beginner and the established junior to play in, both within the Club and against other local clubs:

Within Bramshaw Golf Club

  • Junior Competitions : At least 35 per annum for our more experienced junior members with CONGU handicaps and a further 20 'shortcourse' competitions per annum for our younger less experienced golfers (with Club handicaps up to 54). A significant number of our junior competitions are  played for trophies and all have prizes (or prize-money vouchers) awarded. Winners are invited to a Presentation evening in December each year, where parents and friends can recognise the young golfers achievements. We also run a Junior Order of Merit with points awarded for places in major competitions and a Younger Junior Order of Merit for our shortcourse programme golfers .
  • Integration with Men’s/Ladies/Seniors Sections :  A number of Club competitions/matches are designed to encourage junior/adult integration and to enable the young golfer to learn valuable skills (and the adults to admire the swings of the youngsters!)
  • We have a Summer League for our Junior Members which provides an ideal opportunity to meet fellow young golfers while playing in a structured but informal competitive environment on a weekly basis when the summer light conditions permit.
  • Short-course competitions: For our younger and less experienced golfers we have 9-hole competitions played from 'blue' tees over a shortened course and in 2011 we introduced a 'Young Junior' Order of Merit as well. This is an ideal way to keep youngsters motivated and enthused while they learn the game, helping to provide a smooth transition from Academy to established junior golfer status. Parents are actively encouraged to walk round, caddy and support their children during these events. A member of the Junior Committee also attends these events to encourage and support the young golfers.
  • New from 2012: For our more committed young golfers we offer a 'Free Coaching/Development Plan' package for those who sign up to our Coaching Charter, which provides some 'FREE' coaching in return for commitment to play in a number of competitions, skills challenges etc and also take part in a Rules session and some fund-raising activities for the Captains' Charities.
  • Tri-golf sessions: For the real beginner, an introduction to golf that is lots of fun for the young (and old!). Our Professional Team already go into local schools with Tri-golf equipment to support the school curriculum and take golf out to the wider community.

Inter-Club

  • Friendly matches – an opportunity for junior golfers to learn ‘matchplay’ golf playing singles matches against a member of another local club.
  • Blackmoor Shield - team of 5 to represent Bramshaw in a singles matchplay competition (handicap)
  • Hampshire ‘Green Jackets’ - team of 3 to represent Bramshaw in a 'team stableford'  competition (handicap)
  • Junior League (scratch & handicap team competition leading to Regional, National and UK Finals).
  • Three-Club Challenge - a triangular match with teams of 8 juniors competing from Bramshaw, Knighton Heath and Sandown & Shanklin golf clubs.



Profiles of a sample of our Junior Members

Joe Buenfeld (aged 12)


Joe began playing golf at the grand old age of 4, lured into the game by his golfing family, with his father, uncle and grandparents all playing the game to a good standard. Joe, now aged 12, attends Mountbatten School in Romsey and is a keen sportsman. He has certainly benefited from playing golf with his family, who have provided him with a great grounding. His behaviour on and off the course is exemplary and he is a role model for any young junior. With his keen competitive spirit and being very calm Joe has the ideal temperament for the game of golf and is already achieving some notable successes.

Joe, with his talent and commitment has already obtained a full CONGU handicap of 16, which will undoubtedly tumble significantly during the forthcoming 2015 season.

In his time at Bramshaw, Joe has won the ‘2011 & 2012 Younger Junior Order of Merit’ at Bramshaw and the Most Improved Junior (Boy) in 2010 & 2012. In 2012 Joe also won the Promac Trophy.

Since 2013, Joe has represented Bramshaw in the Solent League (Matchplay) and in 2015 we will be looking to Joe to step up to the South-West Hampshire League (Medal Strokeplay).

In 2014, Joe was selected to play for Hampshire U14s (6 times!) and he also won the Wee Wonders Regional Qualifying event at Hoebridge and in doing so, scored his first hole-in-one (one more than his dad who has been a category 1 golfer for many years!). Joe had the pleasure of travelling to St.Andrews for the Wee Wonders Grand Final in August 2014. What an experience!

The achievements don’t stop there either! Joe has started to widen his golfing experience by entering Junior Opens and in 2014 won the Meon Valley U14 category. Back at Bramshaw he entered the prestigious Manor Masters (Junior Open) and was Runner-up (Handicap) in a field of over 80!

In addition, Joe has played in a number of Mens competitions and has won the Morgan Matchplay Knockout competition, plus a Monthly Medal competition.

Joe has had a great 2014 and the even better news is that is still so much more to come. He is a great asset to the Bramshaw Junior Section and the wider club as well.

As well as Joe’s commitment to golf, he has also been a great supporter of everything we do at Bramshaw. A few years ago, following a questionnaire issued to the juniors, Joe suggested a Nintendo Wii Night and this has now been run for the last 5 years. Of course, Joe is also very good at the ‘computer’ sports as well – no surprise there!

With his natural ability and great work ethic, it is perhaps no surprise that Joe would like to continue the development of his golf to obtain a golf scholarship in America and ultimately aspires to represent England.







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