Llanymynech Golf Club Junior Section - 2013
The Junior Academy at Llanymynech Golf Club may not have the same, mystical, qualities as Max Boyce’s mythical “Outside Half Factory”, but the production line of golfers, graduating from its ranks, is testament to its continuing success.
Founded, in the 1970s, by Bernard Thomas, the Junior section of this famous club has, throughout the years, produced players of the highest quality. The first crop of youngsters yielded four Griffiths boys: Brothers Andy, David and Basil and their cousin Graham. All are still active members of the club. Andy has, for many years, been the club professional. David is this year’s Club Captain and Basil, this year added to his long list of successes, as a senior, by becoming the Welsh Amateur Seniors Champion. Graham was Club Captain in 2007. That same year Allan Lewis, from the same group of youngsters and now the club’s head green-keeper, set a new course record of 64 beating, by one stroke, that established 24 years previously by yet another former member of that same group of youngsters. His name? Ian Woosnam, who went on to become the world’s number one golfer, U.S. Master’s Champion and successful Ryder Cup captain!
Allan’s record score, of 64, was equalled, in August 2013 by 23 year old Tom King, yet another former junior. In setting the record he won the Border Rotary Trophy and August Medal. Third place in Division 1 of that competition was filled by 17 year-old Lloyd Roberts, the current Junior Captain. Division 2 was won by Tom Weetman, aged 14, another junior and Division 3 by, yet another junior member, 14 year old, Will Owen.
The Shropshire Junior Team of 1974 contained Allen Lewis, Ian Woosnam and yet another Llanymynech junior, Peter Martin who is still an active member of the club.
In the intervening years, Llanymynech has produced very many outstanding golfers, some of whom have gone on to make a career in the game. Martin Britten, now better known as the proprietor of a clothing retailer in Oswestry, went on to become a professional golfer, as did Lee Rooke. Edward Roberts was the youngest winner of the Men’s Club Championship when, as a teenager, he was victorious in 1976 and represented Wales at schoolboy level. His eldest son Jack is now a coach with the Mid-Wales Golf Academy run by, yet another, former Llanymynech Junior, Andy Humphries. Andy is also the professional at Aberdovey Golf Club. Middle son, Sam, is a qualified P.G.A. professional and is the current assistant pro at Llanymynech. Youngest son, Lloyd, is this year’s Junior Captain and holder of the Junior Club Championship. In 2007, as a 13 year old, he won two of the major club trophies, the Jubilee Trophy and the Furrows Cup. Two years later he eclipsed his father by winning the men’s Club Championship aged 15.
Justin Griffiths, son of Andy, is a teaching professional in Indonesia. Lee Evans is a professional in Germany whilst Mark Trow is the assistant professional at Kingshill Golf Club in Kent. Stuart Penrose is the assistant professional at Llanymynech and Grant Edwards an assistant at Mile End Golf Club, Oswestry.
Now, as the 2013 season draws to a close, Lee Rooke who also came through the junior ranks and was, in the late nineties Llanymynech’s assistant professional, has become Welsh National P.G.A. champion exactly forty years after it was won by Llanymynech professional, Andy Griffiths.
Stuart Penrose, another ex-junior was, until recently, Andy's assistant. He has now moved on to Ian Woosnam's Golf Academy.