Ryston Park prove size is not an issue

Ryston Park has a tiny junior section – but they proved a force to be reckoned with when the club team won the annual Norfolk Junior Am-am at Sheringham.

The club has just three juniors with handicaps and two of them took their place in the team, made up of two youngsters and two adults.

Liam West, who plays off 19, and eight-handicapper Owen Mills played alongside club captain Mark Nixon, a six handicapper, and head greenkeeper Richard Plummer, who plays off 10.

Together they amassed 114 points and beat Middleton Hall by one. Third place went to Royal Cromer with 106 points. The event produced excellent scoring with 10 of the 17 teams scoring 100 points or better.

A few years ago Ryston Park boasted a strong junior section including a county first team player and the Norfolk boys' champion. The current generation of juniors includes just the three with handicaps and a number of youngsters who are learning the game.

The club is taking steps to attract and keep more young players. Initiatives include an offer to the local high school to run an after school golf club for students, with the club meeting all the coaching costs.

They also offer a student membership pegged at the same subscription paid by the oldest juniors and have extended intermediate membership to those aged up to 25.

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