St Annes Old Links junior golfer James Broadbent has just completed a successful season – with more than a little help from Uri Geller, who is now tipping him for the top!
The 15-year-old James consulted Geller, an expert in motivation and mind-power, when his game was going through a rough patch.
And the consultation with Geller did the trick and led to an upturn in his fortunes.
James said: “My dad got in touch with Uri Geller, and I had chat with him on the phone for about 15 minutes.
“I had just lost confidence in my game and he helped me into positive thinking.
“Uri has invited me down to his house and he has sent me a crystal, which I carry in my golf bag for good luck.”
Geller said he was delighted to give James his advice free of charge.
He said: “Most 15-year-old boys are introvert, but James became an extrovert when he spoke to me and he had confidence.
“The fact that he spoke to me showed he has a huge thrust to be successful.
“Nothing will stop him becoming a great golfer.
“Golf is very much a mind-power game. If you talk to the best golfers in the world, Tiger Woods or whoever, they will tell you that their success is a lot to do with the mind.
“I gave James the crystal as a good luck charm and it does emanate an energy to give him the inspiration to succeed.”
Playing against adults throughout the season, James had a 100 per cent record for Old Links in the Fylde Scratch League.
He completed the season with a victory in the Fylde Challenge Bowl at Royal Lytham and St Annes with a score of 74 off the red tees.
Highlight of the round was a superb eagle on the sixth hole.
After his driver off the tee, James used a rescue club for his second, leaving it 10 feet from the flag and subsequently sank the putt.
James gets regular coaching from Gwyllam Hardiman, the former professional at Old Links, whose house is on the edge of the course.
James’ golfing hero is Ian Poulter and he harbours hopes one day of following him on to the European Tour as a professional.