F.T. Fernandes of Enfield, London won the Middlesex
County Golf Union Under 13 scratch championship at
Hampstead Golf Club on Thursday the 31st March 2005.
He is the son of Dores and Agnelo Fernandes (email@example.com)
ex-Eastleigh, Nairobi and brother of Thomas and Isabella.
Agnelo, his main coach and mentor, attended St. Teresa's
Boys School, Nairobi and was a top footballer with
Simba FC of London in the eighties.
over 2 rounds, at the 9 hole, par 34 course, John
opened his account with 2 birdies in the first 3 holes.
He went out in the lowest front 9 score of 39 and
came home in 42 to claim the title by 7 shots. His
driver, averaging 220 yards was the key to his victory
as he found the fairways and the correct sides, in
all but 2 drives. He finished strongly, sinking a
30 foot putt to save Par on the deceptively undulating
practices and plays virtually all year round. His
entire 2 week Easter college break was spent practicing
up to 8.30 in the night, and playing competitions
and this reaped its’ rewards.
year, John won the GOA category 2 trophy. The youngest
player participating, he equalled the highest stapleford
score for the day, 43points, which was the same as
the Category 1 winner.
loves the game and started playing golf when he was
3 years old and competitively for the last 3 years.
John loves to practice and experiment with different
shots with his elder brother Thomas, a county youth
1.6 handicapper. He has an impressive Junior 2004
resume that also includes winning the Ashford Manor
h/c with net scores of 64 and 62 and is the current
runner-up in the Stonham Barns Players Championship.
Mixing academics with golf is challenging. John has
got his handicap down from 26 to 12 in 2004 and is
determined to get to Category 1 (h/c 5 and lower)
in 2005 and follow in elder brother Thomas’
footsteps and, together become possibly, the first
Goans in the Golf Professional ranks.
on the mark again
EDMONTON golfer John Fernandes underlined his talent
by winning the Middlesex Boys U14 Championship and,
in doing so, capped a remarkable double.
Two months earlier he won the Middlesex Under 13 Championship
over two rounds at Hampstead and in this latest success,
Fernandes carded a second-round 76 at Stanmore for
a winning tally of 157. A junior member of the Enfield
and Sudbury clubs, Fernandes’ patience told
over the closing nine holes of the second round when
he hit six of seven fairways, eight out of nine greens
and had 16 putts - dropping just three shots.
After the celebrations he was straight back to catch
up on his studies before returning to college.