06 Sept 2023

Junior Golf: A Year of Achievement

First and foremost, we'd like to say a big thank you to all the parents and junior golfers who dedicated their time and effort to participate in our events this year.  Additionally, a huge congratulations to all the young players who took part in the matches and competitions, representing Foxhills in an exemplary manner and going our golf club proud. 

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Junior competitions:

Our junior competitions have shown excellent progress from last year's schedule.

This season, we introduced an exciting Order of Merit (OOM) series for our junior golfers. This series was based on a points system over 10 events, with participants earning points based on their performance in each tournament. The top three leaders of this series are Frankie Ashdown who takes first place with an impressive 650 points. Frankie, one of our club scholars in the Foxhills Foundation, had an exceptional season with two wins and two runner-up finishes in the nine events played. In joint second place, we have George Kirk and Christian Meyer, both accumulating 540 points. Both George and Christian are part of our Foxstars program and have shown tremendous improvement throughout the season, from obtaining their handicaps to contributing to our unbeaten rookie league matches.

Rookie League:

This year, our junior section at Foxhills participated in the Rookie League matches, competing against three other Surrey clubs. The league included under 14 and under 18 matches, both home and away. This provided our juniors with a fantastic opportunity to play different golf courses in the county - all at no cost in well-organised, competitive events.

A special congratulations goes out to our under 14s who remained undefeated in their matches against all three clubs - a great achievement from our young representatives! Results below:

  • West Surrey: Home 1-1, Away 0-2
  • Sunningdale Heath: Home 1-1, Away 1-1
  • Farnham Vs Foxhills: Home 2-0, Away 0-2

Many of our juniors have progressed through our Foxstars programme and some, Guy Allen and Jonnie Summerfield, have advanced to become scholars of the club.

The Foxstars program consists of levels 1-10, each designed to assess a player's skills and find the most suitable group within the programme. Our elite PGA-qualified coaching team oversees the sessions which align with school terms and include junior camps during half-terms and holidays.

The Foxstars sessions are held on weekends with each group convening bi-weekly, allowing junior golfers time to practise and not obligating parents to commit every week. The recommended age range for the Foxstars program is from seven years old to 16.

Committee Vs Juniors Match

The golf committee have admitted they "are now in training" following another defeat to our talented junior section a few weeks ago. The juniors beat the committee 4-2, showcasing some exceptional golf to remain undefeated in the competition.

This event was a big success, enjoyed by all participants who eagerly asked for more. We're thrilled to announce that we've added a Juniors Vs Ladies section match to our calendar. Will the juniors maintain their unbeaten record or will the ladies of Foxhills get a victory on the board? If you're a junior golfer interested in joining this exciting event, please contact Brad, our Assistant Golf Professional, at bwarner@foxhills.co.uk. The date for this event is set for Sunday 7th October and we will be looking for 11 players to go up against a strong ladies side. 

Golf Committee Vs Juniors Match

Foxhills Foundation's newest scholars

Six talented young golfers have become the latest scholars to be handed a potentially life-changing opportunity through the Foxhills Foundation.

A selection of Surrey’s brightest up-and-coming stars have claimed a coveted place on the esteemed scholarship programme that supports the next generation of junior golfers.

Matilde Santilli (aged 16), Johnny Summerfield (aged 15), James Parsons (aged 17), Guy Allen (aged 17), Josh Diton (aged 15) and Frankie Ashdown (aged 13) are the newest recruits and will follow in the footsteps of PGA Tour and European Tour stars Paul Casey and Anthony Wall, who both graduated from the scheme on their way to their stellar careers.

The Foxhills Foundation has established itself as one of the country’s top youth development programmes since it started in 1986, helping develop more than 300 golfers through expert coaching and support.

Youngsters aged 13 to 18 from the local community, who may not previously have had the opportunity, are picked through a careful selection progress and given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to make the most of their golfing potential with everything they need to gain a deep understanding of the game, both on and off the course.

Delivered by Foxhills’ PGA Professionals, the scholars will benefit from an honorary membership at the PGA Cup host venue, in addition to mentoring, specialist tuition and equipment support. Not only will they have access to weekly group and private lessons, but also range balls, clothing and the opportunity to represent the prestigious club in competitions.

Some of the new scholars have already achieved incredible success for their age group and are looking to the Foxhills Foundation to help them take the next step and reach their potential. Matilde Santilli, who has a handicap of +2 and has already represented England at under 16 level five times, has ambitions to play collegiate golf in the USA and then turn professional and play on the LET or LPGA Tour. James Parsons, who plays off scratch, also has ambitions to head over to the States on a college scholarship with dreams of making it on the PGA Tour while Frankie Ashdown, who currently plays off 25.8, is looking to get his handicap down to single figures in two years’ time and scratch in four years.

Foxhills Foundation Scholars