Sharon’s stingers

EGU National Skills Challenge 2011'Pictured, front row left to right, Elise Cardwell, Grace Worth, and Gudrun Nolan'Middle row left to right, Jonathan Joyce, Cerys Rees, Tom Roe and Rihanna Taylor'Back row left to right, Maria Nolan, Kyle Butler, Sharon Brookes (PGA coach)

EGU National Skills Challenge 2011'Pictured, front row left to right, Elise Cardwell, Grace Worth, and Gudrun Nolan'Middle row left to right, Jonathan Joyce, Cerys Rees, Tom Roe and Rihanna Taylor'Back row left to right, Maria Nolan, Kyle Butler, Sharon Brookes (PGA coach)

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EIGHT youngsters from the Sharon Brookes coaching academy had every reason to celebrate.

They have made it through to the English Golf Union National Skills Challenge regional finals, at the Close House course in Northumberland, on August 9.

Among those looking forward to the big date is Kyle Butler, ranked No.1 in the North in the 15 years boys’ tour category.

Also through are Jonathon Joyce (10 years boys rookie nine-11 years as joint-second in the North), Rihanna Taylor (10 years girls’ rookie nine-11years as No.1 in the North), Cerys Rees (nine years girls’ rookie nine-11 years as No.2 in the North), Thomas Roe (eight years boys’ rookie eight and under No.1 in the North), Gudrun Nolan (seven years’ girls’ rookie eight and under, as No.1 in the North), Grace Worth (seven years girls’ rookie eight and under, as No.2 in the North), Elise Cardwell (eight years girls’ rookie eight and under, as No.3 in the North).

Two other juniors, Adam Bowker and Adam Jennings, only missed qualification by one point

The skills challenge covers five golfing disciplines –putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play and full swing.

All the youngsters are juniors at Stanley Park.

Sharon said: “The people who run the course have opened their arms to the youngsters and provided them with opportunities to practise and play in full and shortened hole competitions, which has been a positive step to helping these youngsters in their achievement.

“When I informed the parents their children had qualified, it was a case of total silence, then shrieks of joy, and some tears.

“We are so proud of them.

“All the qualifiers are travelling up together with family, and staying in the same accommodation to add to the team spirit.

All those who have got through are part of Sharon’s Stingers, as the group is known.