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Carus Green’s Harriet Barker ‘drives-in’ as Junior Captain

Harriet Barker with members of Carus’s junior section

[O]ne of Carus Green golf club’s most successful junior members has taken her place as the 2018 Junior Captain. 16-year-old Harriet Barker, who is a pupil at Queen Katherine school in Kendal, ‘drove in’ in fine conditions last week, and will now lead Carus’s thriving junior section into a new golfing season, aided by Junior Organiser Bob Davies and Club President Marlene Billington.

England player, Harriet, who is coached by Head Professional, Dave Turner, now plays off a handicap of just three and has a score of impressive wins to her name. The Carus ladies Club Champion for the past three years and the Cumbria Girls County champion for 2017, she also won the U15 Cumbrian Junior Masters Tour at the end of 2016. Selected for the U16’s North of England squad for the second year running in 2016, Harriet also represented Cumbria at the England Golf Champion of Champions in September 2017 and despite working hard towards her GCSE’s later this year, is just as determined to maintain her form on the golf course.

“I am very pleased to have been chosen as the Carus Green junior captain for 2018 and hope to promote junior golf to those who want to give it a try or have never thought of it before,” said Harriet. “Golf is great fun, and a challenging sport and should be experienced by all.”

Harriet is just one of a small number of extremely talented young female players at Carus, with 19-year-old scratch player, Ellie Broome and 15-year-old Caitlin Whitehead, who plays off a handicap of +1.1, part of this elite group. And Carus is keen to progress and develop its junior players in 2018, as Dave Turner explains:

“We have a 40-strong junior section at Carus and are welcoming more and more eager youngsters to our Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon sessions,” he said. “Harriet is a superb example of hard work and commitment; she is practising on the course and driving range all-year-round which is very inspiring for younger players. She is a tremendous ambassador for the game and we know she’s going to make a great junior captain.”

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