A hole lot of success

The youngsters from the Sharon Brookes Golf Academy with their trophies
The youngsters from the Sharon Brookes Golf Academy with their trophies
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IT was standing room only at St Kentigern’s parish centre in Blackpool at the annual presentation ceremony of the Sharon Brookes Junior Golf Academy.

And there were some high-profile golfers who gave their support to the occasion from afar.

Lee Westwood sent a signed shirt that was auctioned off, while Colin Montgomerie donated a signed glove.

The BBC’s voice of golf Peter Alliss, who likes to encourage young players, passed on a signed book with the message: ‘Keep up with the golf - we need you.”

The hall was packed with juniors and their family members.

Making the presentation was the owner of the Tee Time Golf Centre in Bispham, Andy Lee, who praised the juniors on their achievements.

He vowed to do all he could do all he could to make his course and range a place where youngsters could enhance their game with the aid of award-winning PGA professional Sharon Brookes and her team.

It has been an outstanding year for the junior academy, despite the foul weather.

During the year, nine junior golfers qualified for the England Golf north regional finals - this equated to one-third of the total qualifiers from the North.

Two juniors made it through to the national finals, Grace Worth and CJ Linfoot.

Grace missed out on taking the crown by one bonus point.

In addition, Jonathan Joyce set the course record on the nine-hole, par three course at Tee Time Golf Centre with a gross 33, during the academy championships.

Melanie Flude, the north region’s development officer for England Golf, said “I saw some of these juniors last year and couldn’t believe just how much they had improved.

“They were competitive, yet showed great sportsmanship.”

Sharon said that the academy hoped to go one better next year with a national winner.

The presentation began with the induction of the 2013 junior captain Jonathan Joyce and the vice-captain Daniel Carr.

For the first time, the academy now has a girls’ captain, Rhia Taylor.

Certificates of achievement were issued before the main presentation of trophies took place.

As in the past, competitions were run to accommodate all age groups and capabilities.

Bryan Brookes, father and coach to academy owner Sharon, presented the academy with an annual board for its ‘hall of fame’.

This year saw the names of C J Linfoot and Grace Worth added.

There was a surprise for Bryan Brookes himself when he was presented with the ‘spirit of golf’ award.

This was given in recognition of Bryan’s years of work with junior golfers.