The inaugural Kenilworth Junior Masters, sponsored by the Golf Society of Great Britain, was held on Wednesday 15 April 2009. This competition saw 53 junior golfers, ranging in age from six to thirteen years old, from across the UK competing for the John Butler Trophy.
An early morning thunderstorm caused the start of the competition to be delayed by 20 minutes but more significantly left the course playing quite long as a result of the soft fairways. Coupled with a strong wind for much of the morning, the conditions made low scoring difficult.
The best score of the day was a gross 78 from 12 year old Lewis George, a 6 handicap golfer from Crewe Golf Club. Lewis was a shot behind home favourite, Daniel Lane, playing the last hole but Lewis secured a birdie on the par 3 eighteenth hole after a six iron tee shot left him a six foot birdie putt which he duly holed to finish seven over par. Meanwhile, Daniel, playing off a handicap of 7, finished his round on the par 4 ninth hole where a visit to the greenside bunker resulted in a dropped shot for a round of 79. Third place went to William Aldred, handicap 5, of Mid-Herts Golf Club who was a shot further back with a gross score of 80.
The best nett score was recorded by Kenilworth's Bruce Fitzpatrick who scored an excellent 41 stableford points (five under par) playing off a handicap of 18.
The full results can be viewed by clicking here.