Wee Wonders Grand Final 2018
With the continued support of adidas golf, 2018 saw the Wee Wonders Championship enter its 24th year and it was another one to remember! This year had more events than ever before, with 59 Regional Qualifiers and 9 Regional Finals taking place throughout Great Britain and Ireland, culminating in the Wee Wonders Grand Final that took place at St Andrews on the 25th and 26thof August.
Wee Wonders 2018 kicked off in April, with the first Regional Qualifying event being held at Lincoln Golf Centre. Three players from each age group automatically progressed from Regional Qualifying onto the Regional Finals, and the top 3 at the Regional Finals from each age group qualified for the 2018 Grand Final.
Our Grand Final was once again played across two of St Andrews Links Trust outstanding courses, with our juniors playing on either the Strathtyrum or the Balgove course. The Grand Final preparations got underway on the Friday with our juniors heading to the course for a practice round, getting in some last minute preparation and getting ready for the big two days ahead.
The Strathtyrum course was the site for our 11-12 Boys, 11-12 Girls and 9-10 Boys, with our juniors playing 2 rounds of 18 holes across the weekend. In the 11-12 Boys group, Frank Kennedy played some fantastic golf, mixing 2 birdies with 1 bogey to post a 1-under 68 on round 1. In the 11-12 Girls group, 3x Wee Wonder champion Grace Crawford began her quest for title number 4 with an opening round of 70, whilst the 9-10 Boys group saw Dion Regan open up a 4-shot lead after a first round 68!
The Balgove course saw 3 rounds of 9 holes being played by our juniors in the 9-10 Girls, 7-8 Boys, 5-8 Girls & 5-6 Boys age groups and the standard of golf across all ages was of the highest level. In the 9-10 Girls Category, Roisin Scanlan and Olivia Costello got off to fast starts, both shooting rounds of 32 and 31 on the Saturday to be sitting at the top of the leaderboard. In the Boys 7-8 group, Haydon Sarfo and Jaxson Perry were the pacesetters, finishing the day at level par for the tournament.
As Sunday arrived, it brought with it the rain and the wind, giving our talented juniors something else to contend with. Whilst conditions worsened, the quality of golf did not and across all age groups, our juniors continued to play some fantastic golf in tricky conditions. In particular, Zara Naughton in the 11-12 Girls played magnificently, posting a 3-under 65 and the best score of the week.
After a brilliant two days of golf from everyone involved, here is who emerged victorious and became 2018 Wee Wonders Champions:
Boys 11-12 Frank Kennedy 68, 69 (137) Prestbury Golf Club, Cheshire
Girls 11-12 Zara Naughton 73, 65 (138) Matfen Hall Golf Club, Northumberland
Boys 9-10 Dion Regan 68, 74 (142) Cilgwyn Golf Club, Ceredigion
Girls 9-10 Roisin Scanlan 32, 31, 32 (95) Woburn Golf Club, Buckinghamshire
Boys 7-8 Jaxson Perry 31, 29, 30 (90) Kendleshire Golf Club, Avon
Girls 5-8 Arianna Virik 34, 35 33 (102) Kenilworth Golf Club, Warwickshire
Boys 5-6 Parker Bonnes 34, 37, 35 (106) Galgorm Castle Golf Club, Essex
2018 Grand Final Information
Tee Sheets will be available 1 week prior to the event commencing. Tee Times may change, please ensure you check the night before the event for the correct Tee Time for your child
Saturday 25th August Tee Sheets
Sunday 26th August Tee Sheets
All those who played in this years Grand Final will receive an invitation to next years USKids European Championships. This will be at the end of May. Invitations will be sent out early next year
Grand Final Qualification
There are 3 places per age group allocated to each Regional Final, if one of these places is declined immediately the next placed player in that Regional Final will be offered that place after that we will go to the reserves list.
Boys 11-12, Girls 11-12 & Boys 9-10 will play 2 rounds of 18 on Strathtyrum. R1 Sat 25/8, R2 Sun 26/8
Girls 9-10, Boys 7-8 Girls 5-8 & Boys 5-6 will play 3 rounds of 9 holes on Balgove. R1 & R2 Sat 25/8, R3 Sun 26/8
There are a limited number of places available for reserves at the Grand Final. These places will be allocated in the following way. All 4th placed players in each Regional Final event will go onto the reserve list. To determine the best players in each age group the calculation will be proximity (closest) to the winner of that event and the field size (largest field) within a maximum of 20 shots. This will determine the order of the reserves. If a place is available in that age group the first on the list in that age group will be offered the place at the Grand Final.
If any spaces become available we will contact the first person on the list and work our way through in order. If you have not received an invitation there is not a space available.
If after 22nd August there are any late withdrawals the place in that age group will be offered to a sibling of qualified players.
Tee Sheets and Results
PREVIOUS GRAND FINAL RESULTS
GRAND FINAL CSS
EXEMPTIONS FOR 2018
The players on the Grand Final exemptions list will receive an automatic invitation to the 2018 Grand Final. (Invitations will be sent out by the beginning of August to all the Grand Final Qualifiers.)
The players on the Regional Final exemptions list will receive an automatic invitation to a 2018 Regional Final. (Invitations will be sent out by the beginning of July)
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|TEE||Balgove||Boys 5-8 & Girls 5-10|
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World Championships Qualifiers
The players on the World Championships List will be invited to play at The World Championships or the Teen World Championships in 2018. Players will receive an invitation late November/December.
W Sands Rd, St Andrews KY16 9XL, UK
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Practice Area: Driving Range
Eating & Drinking: Yes
Changing Facilities: Yes
Dress Code: Smart / Casual