As one of the smallest counties in England, in terms of number of Golf Clubs, Northamptonshire has a reputation of continually punching above its weight - and 2018 was no exception. Players representing Northants enjoyed team and individual success at regional level, and occasionally national level, during the year. The Men’s first team won the Anglian League for the fourth time, as they overcame a narrow loss in their opening fixture to storm to the title with four impressive wins over the other counties.
The Seniors have been the dominant force in regional golf for a couple of years, but they took their performances to another level in 2018 as they remained unbeaten in competitive fixtures. Alan Wrigley’s side won the Anglian League and East Midlands League, before they completed an unprecedented treble by winning the Midlands Final.
Although the Boys just missed out on retaining their Midlands Six-Man Team crown, the Girls, many of whom represented the ladies at County Week, made no mistake in the Midlands South Final as they took the Scratch title for the second year in a row, and also won the Handicap Final.
In individual competitions, Christina Hancock and Ann Lester won the Ladies Coronation Foursomes at St. Andrews, while teenager Ashleigh Critchley won two Midlands Girls titles, the Abraham Trophy and the Scottish Under-14s.
Junior golf continues to go from strength to strength in Northamptonshire as Charlie Salter triumphed at Midlands level, and also qualified for the Faldo Series Grand Final in UAE, alongside Max Hayward.
Ben Jones was promoted into the England A Squad and, if that’s not enough, Robin ‘Tiger’ Williams represented Europe in the Junior Ryder Cup and had the pleasure of meeting his hero, 14-time major winner Tiger Woods.