U18Darlington

2016 Season

2016 has been a good year for Cumbria junior golf. The U18 team won the Northern Federation League with a match to spare and once again won a very close Northern Federation 36-Holes Strokeplay Championship by one shot at Penrith Golf Club, being their fourth triumph in this prestigious fixture in the last six years. It would be difficult to pick out any individual player as the success of this incredible group of young lads is based on a fantastic team spirit and a never-say-die attitude. Every single player has contributed to the season's results which finished with our U18 team unbeaten for the first time in several years.

We have said thank you and farewell to 2016 Captain, Will Postlethwaite, Vice-Captain Alex Rose and to Will Barnes, all three of whom have made oustanding contributions to the successes of the team for the last three years and we wish them all every success in their future careers. They will be sadly missed but, as alway,s there is a conveyor belt of young golfers coming through and eager to join the team.

Thanks to everyone who supported the squad during 2016. We have had terrific support from an amazing group of parents and from county executives. Special thanks and gratitude to Tom and Kate Stout, who rarely miss a match, and to Jean and John Sheffield for their help and invaluable advice.

Targets for 2017

Happily, the Cumbria U18 team will have six of the 2010 team available plus a number of talented U16s who are rapidly maturing into fine players and will make their mark during the season. A ground-breaking initiative, backed by England Golf, is in place for 2017 to provide each elite player in the U18 and U16 squads with a year of one-to-one coaching which, if the players work hard, should give them all the chance to realise their potential.

The first target for 2017 is to try to repeat the success of 2010 and win the Northern Counties Championship which is to be held at Warrington Golf Club on July 5th. At the very least a top three finish would represent a remarkable achievement.

The second target is to win the Nothern Federation 36-Holes Strokeplay Championship at Arcot Hall Golf Club. The team have almost made this their own with five wins in the last seven years, including 2016's one shot victory at Penrith.

The third target is to win the Northern Federation League again. 2016 saw Cumbria win the title for the first time in six years and the team are capable of repeating that feat in 2017.

And finally, and most importantly, the main target - to enjoy this great game of golf, the camaraderie of playing in a great team, the honour of representing your county, and the immense satisfaction that success brings. A Happy and Successful 2017 to all our players, their parents and supporters - let's do it!!!

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James Fisher

James plays his golf at Brampton Golf Club and has been a member of the Cumbria squad for three years. He is arguably one of the most improved players during 2016 and is a very popular member of the team. He has all the necessary qualities to lead this talented team and we wish him a happy and successful season.

James Fisher

Jeff Blair

Jeff takes over from Alan Shaw as Cumbria County President for the next two years and is a strong supporter of junior golf.

Winter coaching

County Coach, Andrew Waple, is overseeing the management of the England Golf-approved one-to-one coaching throughout 2017 with the co-operation of club PGA coaches round the county. Feedback to Edufii is part of the scheme and should result in a rise in skills and a fall in handicaps. Squad sessions will be arranged for pre-season at Penrith and Carus Green and details will appear on this web site.

Wise Words

"Sometimes things work out on the golf course and sometimes they don’t. Life will go on. You try to understand what happens, but maybe today I don’t want to know. I just screwed up so maybe I should just put it behind me."
~ Greg Norman