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Talented young golfer Romer Heywood from Gorleston to take part in tournament

PUBLISHED: 16:14 02 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:14 02 August 2017

Young golfer Romer Heywood,7, has only been playing since November and is allready set to play in a Junior European Tour event at Sprowston Manor.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Young golfer Romer Heywood,7, has only been playing since November and is allready set to play in a Junior European Tour event at Sprowston Manor. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A talented young golfer is preparing to take part in a European championship just months after picking up his first club.

Young golfer Romer Heywood,7, has only been playing since November and is allready set to play in a Junior European Tour event at Sprowston Manor.
Picture: Nick Butcher Young golfer Romer Heywood,7, has only been playing since November and is allready set to play in a Junior European Tour event at Sprowston Manor. Picture: Nick Butcher

Romer Heywood, seven, from Gorleston, only started playing last November and is now preparing to take part in the European Junior Golf Tour.

On September 1 he is due to take part in a contest at Sprowston Manor Marriott golf course near Norwich.

If he qualifies, he will be able to take part in the Race to Spain International Tour Championship Spain.

His proud dad, Scott Heywood, 40, said he took his son to play pitch and putt and then discovered his knack for the sport.

Young golfer Romer Heywood,7, has only been playing since November and is allready set to play in a Junior European Tour event at Sprowston Manor.
Picture: Nick Butcher Young golfer Romer Heywood,7, has only been playing since November and is allready set to play in a Junior European Tour event at Sprowston Manor. Picture: Nick Butcher

Mr Heywood said: “Unbeknownst to us he had been watching YouTube video clips of a golf pro called Dustin Johnson and had really mastered his strike.

“There aren’t many lads his age playing 18 holes of golf.”

The father-of-two said: “You hear a lot of parents saying they don’t get time to play golf because of the kids, but this is the perfect excuse.”

His coach Mark Tungate, a PGA professional at Caldecott Hall Golf Course in Fritton, has taken the youngster under his wing and got him signed up for the tournament.

The schoolboy, who is due to start at Cliff Park Junior School in September, trains around three times a week.

The youngster said his favourite part of the sport of golf was chipping, a short shot to get the ball on the green and rolling as soon as you can.

He tends to play nine holes, and averages less than shots 50 a time.

He lives at home in Victoria Avenue with mum Pippa, 35, and sisters Anya, 15 and Lola, 10.

Given Romer’s remarkable success in such a short space of time, his father encouraged other parents to get their own children to try out a new sport.

He said: “Just give it a chance and go and give it a go.”

The European Junior Golf Tour is described by its organising team as a stepping stone from competing at a home club and county events, moving up to national level.

They added it was also about meeting other juniors of a similar age and testing golfing skills outside of your comfort zone.

If you could help sponsor young Romer as he starts his golfing career, contact dad Scott Heywood on 07795671582.

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