Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Putter Gives Brave Jake a New Lease of Sporting Life

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Putter Gives Brave Jake a New Lease of Sporting Life

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totally obsessed with golf, but he is doing his schoolwork - in fact he is getting good marks. He is a laid-back sort of character who never brags to anybody about anything he does. If he has just played to his handicap and we ask him how he has done, he will grimace and grunt 'oh, all right'.

"If it is something like the hole in one at Ramside or the 50-foot putt playing for the county, he will just shrug his shoulders and say, 'it was canny'.

"We have to drag absolutely everything out of him."

A thought-provoking aspect of Jake's story is one which the golf authorities, who invest time and money in press releases telling the media about how they are all getting out there in the public domain and putting a concerted message across, might want to consider.

It could be the case their appraisal of their own effectiveness in terms of persuading non-golfers to at least give the sport a go might be inflated.

Joanne added: "Jake was surprised at how interesting and addictive golf was.

"He likes it so much because he just wants to get better at it and keep improving.

"Before the accident, he was football-mad like most young lads and he had been a season ticket holder at Sunderland since he was three. When he had all that time getting over his accident, he missed getting out in the fresh air and enjoying his sport, so we tried taking him fishing out of his wheelchair and set up a basketball net halfway down from the normal height so he could have a go at that."

She went on: "When he became better, he only had a go at golf because I banned him from ever playing football again. I totally put my foot down.

"As soon as he tried golf, he really got the bug. Nobody in our family ever had the remotest connection with golf before and when you talk to other golf families you find it is usually a case of a son or a daughter following a parent to join the same golf club.

"In our family's case, his dad only took up golf because Jake loved it right from the time he started at seven.

"When the accident happened, we thought it was the end of the world. …

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