Young golfer and girl killed in crash
Tributes were paid last night to one of Norfolk's most talented young golfers after he was killed in a car crash. Dozens of flowers were yesterday placed at the scene of the crash at Hethersett, near Norwich, where 19-year-old Craig Waugh and Chloe Goose, 14, lost their lives on Saturday night.
Tributes were paid last night to one of Norfolk's most talented young golfers after he was killed in a car crash.
Dozens of flowers were yesterday placed at the scene of the crash at Hethersett, near Norwich, where
19-year-old Craig Waugh and Chloe Goose, 14, lost their lives on Saturday night.
Described as a “lively character” with a “heart of gold”, Craig was a naturally gifted sportsman who was said to be destined for big things.
He played football for Mulbarton under-14s and attended Norwich City Youth Academy but decided at the age of 12 to concentrate on golf.
Craig, who had lived in Hethersett and Wymondham, continued to make great progress and his long-term ambition was to turn professional and get into the European tours.
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By doing so, he hoped to follow in the footsteps of his father, Robert, a professional golfer and teacher at Dunston Hall, near Norwich.
Paying tribute to his son, Mr Waugh said: “He spent most of his time playing and practising and trying to achieve his goals.”
Police said the crash happened shortly before 7.50pm on Saturday when a silver Peugeot, driven by Craig and with Chloe as front-seat passenger, crashed into a shop.
The Peugeot was believed to have been travelling along Queens Road towards Ketteringham when it failed to negotiate a right-hand bend at the junction with Henstead Road and hit an electricity pole and the corner of the Red Herring Delicatessen.
In a statement issued by Norfolk police, Craig's mother, Cheryl Stevens, said: “Craig had lots of friends and was really loved by so many people. We are completely shocked and devastated by what has happened and can't begin to describe how we will miss him.”
The former Hethersett High School pupil also leaves two brothers Jonathan, 21, and Robbie, four. Jonathan said: “He was a really lively character and had a very cheeky side. He was a family person. He was really going places and now it has come to an abrupt end.”
Tributes were also paid by Norfolk's golfing community.
Dan Henderson, Norfolk's county golf captain, said: “Without doubt he had all the qualities needed to achieve big things and was the best prospect we have had in years.
“He should have been away with us at a tournament this weekend in Surrey but he injured his wrist and was unable to play.
“We were travelling back on Saturday night when we heard the news. I was in the car with Craig Butler and we just had to pull over to the side of the road and get it together. All the lads are devastated.”
Mr Butler, a fellow county player, told the EDP: “It was a terrible shock. We had been friends practically since we were born and my mum used to baby-sit him. He had an amazing talent and he would definitely have gone all the way.”
Craig won the 2003 Norfolk boys' championship at the age of 16, when he broke the scoring records. The following year he won the Norfolk amateur championship and was selected for the England B squad. Two years ago he was selected for the England U21 squad. In both 2004 and 2005 he won Norfolk's amateur order of merit.
Professional golfer Ian Ellis, from the Royal Norwich, said he had known Craig since he was a youngster.
“He was the best young hope we had to go on and do great things,” he said. “This is a devastating loss and a terrible shame. Our thoughts are with his family.”
Simon Locke, a member of the Royal Norwich, who also played for the county, said everyone was deeply shocked. “He was a great bloke with a heart of gold.”
Ron Evans, secretary of the Norfolk PGA Golfers Association, said all the members sent their deepest sympathy to Mr Waugh and his family.
Chloe's family were too upset to talk yesterday.
Police would like to trace a red vehicle seen in the area prior to the collision and a witness walking their dog nearby at the time. Anyone with information should call 0845 456 4567.