Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Teenagers Get in the Swing of It; Golf

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Teenagers Get in the Swing of It; Golf

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A GOLF academy set up to get Middlesbrough youngsters into the sport has had its first major success.

A team of four teenagers from the town triumphed in the Yorkshire Inter-District Union Junior Club Championship held in Leeds earlier this month.

Ryan Elliot, 16, and 15-year-olds Joe Drury, Josh Tibbett and Joe Crockett beat the best young golfers from across Teesside and Yorkshire.

Remarkably two of the team, Joe Drury and Josh Tibbett, were introduced to golf just 18 months ago thanks to their involvement with the academy.

The Middlesbrough Golf Academy has been funded by the Middlesbrough Healthy Town programme and has so far helped more than 100 youngsters from across the town pick up a golf club for the very first time.

The academy funds six weeks of professional golf lessons, helps the participants get access to golf clubs and funds half the cost for membership at Middlesbrough Municipal Golf Centre - one of the leading municipal courses in the area.

As well as the team's success at the Yorkshire Championship Ryan proved to be the best individual golfer on the day.

Josh goes to Ormesby School, but the rest of the team all attend Acklam Grange School and were recruited to the academy with the help of their PE teacher, Darren Rayner, who is also a keen golfer.

The team previously won the Teesside Union Junior Club Championship at Saltburn Golf Club in June and now go on to represent the Yorkshire and Teesside Unions of Golf Clubs at the National Finals at Woodhall Spa from August 24-26.

Joe Drury said: "I am delighted with what we have achieved in this competition, especially as I have only recently taken up the game.

"I have really enjoyed the experience. Getting the opportunity to play golf courses outside the area and the whole experience of playing in big national competitions has helped my game develop and I've learned to deal with the pressures that go with the game. …

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