2020 JUNIORS' CAPTAIN - Max Balmforth

Hi I’m Max!

I am currently studying at Ellesmere College in year 10 and will be taking my GCSE’s in 2021. I love taking part in sport; I play rugby, hockey and, of course, Golf which is my main sport and the one I enjoy the most!

I first started playing golf at Harlech with my Sister and Dad back when I was five years old, I played in junior competitions and often came home after winning a Mars bar or two. Then I went on to playing the Shropshire Pee Wee tour and won a few medals. Last year I was lucky enough to play in the under 14’s Shropshire County Team, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Keith Williams has been coaching me for the last six years "He’s had his work cut out" but he has helped me get down to a 12 handicap and with more of Keith’s help this year my handicap goal is to be off 6 by the end of September, I also want to be outhitting my Dad by the same time!!!!

I am really looking forward to my Captain's year and helping more juniors be better golfers and having fun at Hawkstone Park, especially in this centenary year.


Matches organised by the County Junior section certainly are plentiful and varied. For more details see www.shugc.com. There is also an opportunity to play in the County handicap league, with each club fielding a team of 4 players.


We have an active Junior section at Hawkstone, giving both boys and girls the opportunity to learn and improve their golfing ability. Each month the Junior section play a monthly stableford and monthly medal; there is also the opportunity to play in the Mens and Ladies monthly competitions. Trophy competitions are played at the weekend, at a time to suit all players. Our Honours Board Trophies are preseted at the Club's Annual Prize Presentation evening at the end of November.

Younger players (both U11 and girls U13) can take part in the popular County Pee Wee Tour playing at courses throughout the County during July and August.

Hawkstone Park also hold a Junior Open event, usually in August, endorsed by our very own European Tour player Ashley Chesters.


Congratulations to Max Balmforth on winning The Shropshire Schools County Championship at Arscott in May 2019. Max then accompanied Tom Welch in representing the County in a friendly match vs Nottinghamshire.

Tom Welch also has represented the County at Llanymynech Golf Club and Max and Finn Bowdler have also played for the County in an U14 match at Market Drayton.

Congratulations also to Ben Carr who played in the Mens friendly match at Church Stretton; he partnered his dad, Gary, to win 9 and 7 in their match.

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