Will and his Dad, Chris
Will Bebbington is a very promising young golfer firmly on the Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs radar as a future star.
The 12-year-old has his sights set on flying high in golf which began is his back garden at the age of four.
His dad Chris said: “He quickly progressed to the range at the age of five and started playing at Hartford Golf Club where he first played on a golf course and was involved in the Adam Powell academy being coached by Adam and the late Johnny Pearce.
“Will then moved to Sandiway, which is still his home club and he also plays at Royal Liverpool and Pryors Hayes.
“He won the Pryors Hayes Junior Championships for the past two years and was also the joint winner of the Junior Order of Merit at Sandiway and he reached a handicap of 9.7 by the age of 12.”
Will added: “My highlights along the way have been three holes in one, two at Hartford and one on the 18th at Sandiway. I was the grand finalist of the Wee Wonders in 2018, representing Sandiway and recently joined both the u14 and u16 Cheshire squads at the age of 12.
“The people I would like to thank for help and encouragement are Graham Tonge, Roger Shutt, Scott Anderson and the Cheshire coaches and my past coaches Mark Johnson, Adam Powell and Johnny Pearce and my regular playing partners. My golfing idols are Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy.
“My ambitions in golf are to become a Tour professional and multiple ‘major’ winner – my short term aim is to get my handicap down to scratch.”
Chris then explained the details of how Will had won the Handshake award: “Will has been hosting live chats and Instagram with his friends and others challenging other golfers to join and then undertake skills challenges.
“This inspired Will, together with his friend Harry Kell, to set up a justgiving page to raise money for the NHS through on-line donations. Will even donated his signed Tommy Fleetwood cap to be drawn from the names of those who donate.
“In the words of the Golf Foundation Will has shown that golf is so much more than just playing nine or 18 holes.
“He has shown how much fun it can be through his InstaLive and his YouTube channel undertaking skills challenges, trick shots and live chats.
“They have quoted that Will is an inspirational example to other young and aspiring golfers and a worthy winner of May’s Hero's Handshake.”
The final comment from Will: “I just hope that people enjoy what I do and enjoy watching me – if it inspires others to play golf or any other sport then that would be a great achievement. I am very proud and humbled to be recognised by the Golf Foundation and England Golf’s Hero's Handshake initiative.
“I am also very happy to have been able to raise money for the NHS at such a difficult time and finally I would like to thank everybody who helps me with my golf.”
Will aims to raise £500 and so far has reached £320 and anyone wishing to donate can do so on the www.justgiving.com/fundraising/will-harry-nhs-golf-fundraiser.
Copy & photos courtesy Geoff Garnett