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Young Royal Norwich golfer Hope Neild chosen as national ambassador for game

PUBLISHED: 09:58 26 January 2018

Pictured from  left to right at King's Lynn Golf Club are (back row) club captain Blair Rule, Olly Perry, Polly Norman, Harry Davis, Tom Davis, Kale Heath, James Sheldrick, Matthew Chapman and head professional James Weight. Front row:  Jack Madge-Smith and Amelia Hollington. Picture: Club

Pictured from left to right at King's Lynn Golf Club are (back row) club captain Blair Rule, Olly Perry, Polly Norman, Harry Davis, Tom Davis, Kale Heath, James Sheldrick, Matthew Chapman and head professional James Weight. Front row: Jack Madge-Smith and Amelia Hollington. Picture: Club

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Royal Norwich rising star Hope Neild is one of 11 youngsters nationally who are set to give golf a fresh, new voice.

Hope, 16, has been named as a young ambassador for England Golf and the Golf Foundation and with her colleagues has been handed the task getting more people involved through her enthusiasm for the sport.

The ambassadors range in age from 10 to 22 and include school pupils, students, a volunteer coach, a trainee PGA professional, a would-be PE teacher and a trainee doctor.

They’re all prepared to do what it takes to inspire others, whether it’s speaking at meetings, blogging or vlogging, getting involved with national campaigns or helping to organise events.

“They’re an amazing group,” said Lee Dolby, England Golf’s Young People Manager. “They’re bringing to life our Children and Young People’s Plan for Golf and helping us achieve our vision of inspiring a love of golf that lasts a lifetime.

“By sharing their stories they’ll help raise awareness of golf, show the positive impact of young people and prove that it’s a game for all.”

Alice Lowe, Golf Foundation Regional Development Officer and lead on volunteering, added: “Each member of the group is so enthusiastic about changing the negative perceptions of golf, and supporting our ambition to help young people enjoy the playing and personal benefits of golf by making it inclusive and fun.”

Meanwhile the annual junior presentation evening at King’s Lynn Golf Club celebrated the accomplishments of young players throughout the year.

The main winner was two handicapper Kale Heath who recorded some notable victories, including both the Junior and Club Championships, the County Team Shield and the Hudson Trophy.

Jack Madge-Smith retained his nine hole Junior Championship title with the four hole competition being won by Amelia Hollington.

The event also saw Tom Davis appointed as the club’s junior captain for 2018.

In April the club is launching its Junior Academy which will enable youngsters to join the club and use all the practise facilities as a pathway to full on course membership.

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