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Nick Reiss Memorial Trophy, Sam Jaggard Trophy and Skill Test winners

Conal Downing and Louis MartinEach year the Suffolk Golf Union Junior Committee award the Nick Reiss Memorial Trophy to a junior who has been committed to Suffolk junior golf and demonstrated high standards of behaviour, sportsmanship and leadership throughout the previous year, thereby setting an example to his peers. Golfing achievements during the year are also considered and for 2017 the trophy was awarded to Louis Martin (Haverhill) who, as well as having all the attributes set out in the criteria, also won the county men's match play championship.

The Sam Jaggard Trophy is awarded specifically to a boy in the Under 16 age group, using the same criteria, and Conal Downing (Rookery Park) was awarded the trophy for 2017. He is the current county junior champion. Both trophies were presented at the final winter coaching session for the Under 18 and Under 16 age groups at Aldeburgh Golf Club.

Coaching sessions have been delivered to two groups of boys throughout the winter by Head Coach, Keith Preston, and Lawrence Dodd and the boys have taken part in various skills tests in respect of all aspects of the game. Points were awarded after each test and the boys with the most points in each of the two groups were awarded a trophy and prizes. 

Max Weaver and Taylor CrispThe winner in Group 1 was Taylor Crisp (Seckford) and the Group 2 winner was Max Weaver (Bury St Edmunds).

It is unfortunate that Patrick Spraggs will not be able to continue as Under 18 Manager this year as he is now living and working in the USA. I am very grateful for the time and commitment Patrick gave to the boys last year. I am, therefore, looking for volunteers to assist with the boys team throughout the coming season. Anyone who would like more information can contact me at any time - my details can be found on the SGU website.

The playing season is rapidly approaching and the boys at all age levels have been prepared as well as possible for representing the county, however results are not the be all and end all of junior golf and I hope being part of the county set up helps to prepare them for challenges they face in their daily lives as well as on the golf course. To that end the following is part of an email received from a parent of one of the boys.

"I just wanted to pass on my thanks to you all. My son and I were excited enough at the prospect of him improving his golf but the winter coaching seems to have given him a whole lot more. What he has lacked is confidence in himself and he gives himself such a hard time when he’s anything but improving. It’s a real challenge getting in the heads of teenagers, but the difference in my son since the training is huge. He’s writing up his day and positive quotes all the way home in the car and I can see a real change in him and his outlook. So thank you for all your help and encouragement developing his golf game but, as his mum, thank you mostly for helping him to work towards the best mental attitude to achieve the best out of life on and off the golf course.”

Trevor Mason