In 2007, the Club Council, recognising the lack of top class Junior Golf in the Northwest of England, agreed to a Proposal from the then Treasurer, David Lodge, to set up the “Fairhaven Trophy”. The inaugural Competition was held as a 36 Hole Event for Boys. The Winner on that occasion was Gary King of Tyrells Wood, who is still playing on the European Tour.
In 2008, with the support from England Golf, specifically Anthony Abraham (Coaching & Tournaments), it was decided to maximise the stature of the Event by transforming it into a 72 Hole Tournament, for both Boys and Girls, and to align it with the “Lytham Trophy”, played at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club.
This alignment with the “Lytham Trophy” made it possible for overseas National Golf Organisations to bring both their Junior and Senior Squads, to play in the same locality.
The Tournament since then, has simply gone from strength to strength.
In the past we have had Teams from Germany, Spain, France, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, Brazil as well as the home nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
The Tournament is now one of the strongest and most internationally represented Junior Championships in Europe. It is included in the Boys and Girls National Order of Merits, and the European and World Amateur Golf Rankings.
Players names you may recognise who have participated in the past are: Tom Lewis, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Tyrell Hatton, Sami Välimäki and Garrick Porteous. From the Girls: Alexandra Peters, Emily Taylor, Sophie Lamb and Louise Duncan.