AWARD-winning professional Sharon Brookes is continuing her push to promote junior golf in Blackpool.
Sharon has worked for the Golf Foundation and Sport England for several years setting up junior training programmes and taking golf into schools.
Now she has been selected to host Blackpool’s first Golf Foundation, Grass Roots Centre, at her academy at the Phoenix Golf Centre in Bispham.
Grass Roots is the main junior training programme in the United Kingdom, supported by all the major governing bodies including Sports England, the Royal and Ancient, English Golf Union and the PGA.
The Golf Foundation has been the starting ground for many young golfers such as Lee Westwood, who took over from Tiger Woods as the world’s No.1 golfer before being displaced by Martin Kaymer.
Lee began with the Golf Foundation, going on to win its Under-15s championship in 1986 and the Under-16s championship in 1988.
In December, he became the Golf Foundation’s Ambassador.
Sharon is striving to provide the same opportunities as Lee Westwood for juniors in Blackpool
With the help of the Mack Golf organisation and the manager of Stanley Park golf course, Maria Nolan, Sharon has set up a pathway for students at her academy to progress on to the golf course.
With shortened holes and on course lessons, golfers aged from as young as six can learn to play golf, enter competitions and obtain their first handicap.
Sharon’s juniors are now being offered free membership at Stanley Park Golf Course on obtaining on course basic playing ability. She said: “Who knows? Perhaps Blackpool can produce the next Lee Westwood.”
To find out more about junior golf development, Sharon can be contacted on 07708 065 965