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Yorkshire Boys' Executive2024

Boys’ Chairman & Team Manager

Philip J Woodcock

Scarborough NC GC

Boys’ U16 Team Manager

Frank Greaves

Huddersfield GC

Boys’ Executive

Frank Greaves
Jonathan Plaxton
Steve Robinson
Cameron Thomson

Huddersfield GC (Co-opted)
Fulford GC
Lead Coach (Co-opted)
Beverley & ER GC

Boys’ Welfare Officer

Cameron Thomson

Beverley & ER GC

Boys’ Captain

Josh Stephens

Moortown GC

Philip Woodcock

Philip started in golf as a junior in 1968 at Scarborough North Cliff GC and played to a good standard achieving a low handicap of 8. He served the committee of North Cliff from 1984 – 1997 during which he was appointed Captain in 1994.

Philip has always strived to improve junior golf not only at his own club, but throughout the East Riding Union and now with Yorkshire. He was appointed junior organiser at his club in the late 1980’s and only in 2020 did he retire from this position. Philip was very instrumental in adopting the Golf Foundation Passport scheme enabling the professional to operate during his academy coaching sessions. Many local juniors have benefited from his dedication including Iain Pyman (YUGC Amateur Champion, British Amateur Champion & Professional golfer) and Michael Petch ( USPGA Seniors Tour Director) to name a couple. In 2014 Philip was awarded the Sir Henry Cotton Award for meritorious service to junior golf from The Golf Foundation.

Philip continues in his role as Chairman with great enthusiasm and relishes in the challenges ahead. He would like to see junior golf numbers increase and appreciates there are many professionals and volunteers who are endeavouring to achieve the same, but understands it is an exceedingly difficult task. He was delighted for the Boys when they were crowned England Golf Boys County Champions in August 2017 & 2018, especially having come second in 2016, then losing out by half a point! In 2021 the Boys failed to qualify for the finals with Northumberland taking the honours of representing the Northern Counties in the final. However, in 2022 Yorkshire were winners of the Northern Counties qualifying event at Kendal GC by 24 shots and therefore progressed to the final at Furness GC in Cumbria. Sadly, we were not successful in bringing the trophy home, but the boys are looking forward to 2023!

2019 saw the Northern Counties competing in the inaugural Boys Junior League, based on the men’s league, but dividing the northern counties into two divisions, North (Cumbria, Durham & Northumberland) and South (Cheshire, Lancashire & Yorkshire). The winners of these two divisions meeting in a final for the title and in 2022 Arcot Hall Golf Club hosted the finalists with Yorkshire meeting Northumberland and Northumberland coming out the winners yet again!

He would like to see Yorkshire consistently at the top, continuing in producing some first-class players and assisting in any way possible to promote junior golf. It is a shame that we have lost golf coverage to Sky and professional tournaments abroad, but there is some great golf to be seen at Amateur level and I encourage you to spectate at these amateur events in the coming year, the guys love it! You may even be watching the next Open or Masters Champion in a few years, for example Danny Willett; he was playing for the boys and men’s team less than 10 years ago, and Matty Fitzpatrick, currently the US Open Champion and in the top 10 of the world rankings.

We currently have 16 boys now in the States on the US Golfing Scholarship with many performing exceptionally well in their endeavours to be better players and ultimately achieving their degree.

One stand-out is Dan Bradbury who completed his 5 years in the States winning 9 events whilst there, turning Professional in the summer of 2022 allowing him to obtain 3 invites into the DP World Tour and winning on his third outing the Joburg Open. What a start to his career, giving him a 2-year exemption, various contract signings and some cash – Congratulations to Dan! There was also Dan Brown (Romanby GC) a former Boys and Mens Team player winning the DP tour ISPS Handa World Invitational Event in 2023 thus securing his card for 2 years.

Turning to the Challenge Tour we had Alex Fitzpatrick winning his first professional tournament at the British Challenge and Sam Bairstow winning the Farmfoods Scottish Challenge the following week, both securing their DP Tour cards.

Finally, we had Josh Berry claiming his DP Tour card by securing it via the Tour School. We therefore have something to be proud of and look forward to seeing more success in 2024, good luck guys!

Josh Stephens

Moortown GC

Q. How old are you?
A. I am 16 years old and will be 17 in January.

Q. When did you start playing golf?
A.I was around 10 years old.

Q. Why did you choose golf above all other sports?
A. I love cricket, even though I don’t play anymore, I really enjoy watching lots of cricket. To be honest I like to be involved with all sports as I love the competitive nature of sport whilst also spending time away from golf.

Q. Where do you play your golf?
A. I’m lucky enough to play golf at Moortown GC and have done since I started playing. My Dad, brother and Grandpa are also members there too.

Q. Do you receive coaching from Yorkshire Union and if so, for how long?
A. I am currently in the Yorkshire England Golf Regional squad for my 3rd year and have been in county coaching for the last 5 years. Yorkshire coaching has helped my game develop massively over the last few years and has defined my development as a junior golfer with the great level of coaching which sets us apart from other counties!

Q. When did you first represent Yorkshire in a team match?
A. In July 2020 in the U16 match against Lancashire where the team had a resounding win of 13.5 – 4.5.

Q. Have you any notable achievements?
A. Some of my most notable achievements in 2023 was coming 13th in the England U16’s, 5th in the North of England U16’s and 4th in the Irish U16’s. In 2022 I represented England Schools against Wales, having won the England Schools U16 Championship. For me this was a very proud moment and one that I will remember for a long time as it was great fun and a brilliant experience.

Q. What experience or event represents the worst of last year and why was it a challenge?
A. Last year I had a very slow start to the year where I had a really poor performance in the Yorkshire Boys where I shot 80 followed by and 83. I found this disappointing as I had really let myself down and felt embarrassed by my performance. However, I learned a lot from this experience as it helped me stay present and positive during tournaments. This experience also has taught me how to balance school with exams, as at that time I was preparing for GCSEs but now I am much better at maximising my time and efficiency in practice during exams.

Q. Who is your personal coach?
A. Eddie Hammond is my personal coach at Moortown, and I have been with him since I first started playing.

Q. What has been your lowest round to par and where and how did you feel?
A. Last year I shot 68 (-4) in the third round of the North of England U16’s at Pannal GC. This is my joint lowest score to par in a tournament and I remember feeling a real sense of control and calmness throughout the round as I hit the ball great. When I came off after the round, I remember feeling a sense of pride but also frustration as I missed lots of chance’s during the round but overall I felt very positive going into the final round.

Q. Who is your golfing hero and why?
A. My golfing heroes are Tiger Woods and Viktor Hovland. I admire Tiger’s determination to keep coming back from injuries and his competitive nature which made him nearly impossible to beat during his peak. I also love Viktor’s attitude to golf as he is a very positive golfer not only in his shot selection but also in his outlook on life and golf. These are all things that I look to replicate in my game.

Q. Which is the best course you have played in Great Britain?
A. The best course I have played in Great Britain would have to be the Ailsa course at Trump Turnberry. I love playing this course! The combination of the spectacular sea views and the true old-fashioned holes carved through the dunes make it an amazing course.

Q. What is your goal in golf?
A. I think it goes without saying that most junior golfers all want to become world number 1 and win countless majors and I do too. However, my main goal in golf is just to keep working to reach my full potential and see where that takes me whilst also enjoying the game whilst doing so. I just want to be the best golfer I can be and then hopefully that takes me to the top level.

Q. Finally, as Captain of the Yorkshire Boys’, what would you like to bring and achieve in your year?
A. Firstly, I cannot wait to get started as Yorkshire Boys Captain, it is a huge honour for me and one that I am very proud of. This year I hope to bring a great sense of positivity, determination and resilience to the team which will make us a very hard team to get past! I know that as a team we always push each other to get better each year and we will continue to do so, I’m sure. I also hope that as a team we cannot only reach the England Golf Boys County Finals for the 3rd year running, but we can finally win the championship this time. I think another good achievement for the team this year would be to win the North of England Boys County Team League as we came close last year.

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