The Higgins family, Rina, Jai, Lloyd and Nayan; Nayan with the Buzz Trophy
Jai with the Baker Trophy; Jai with Dave Horsey and the Styal Junior Open Trophy
Heaton Moor Golf Club has worked hard to develop junior golf at the club with outstanding results seeing the junior membership now standing at an incredible 70 plus.
Enjoying the development are the Higgins brothers Nayan and Jai who have made outstanding progress since they joined the club in 2019.
Nayan is 16 years old and Jai is 11 and both are home educated, Nayan for three and a half years and Jai for two months.
Both boys enjoy basketball and Jai also likes football, but their love of golf has overtaken the other sports.
They started golf at the same time, first played on a course one and a half years ago as beginners, after joining their local club, Heaton Moor with their dad Lloyd who coaches the boys who were quickly addicted from then.
Lloyd had an interest in golf for many years but only ever visited the driving range.
They got their first handicaps 16 months ago starting with 45 (Nayan), 47 (Jai) and now at 19 (Nayan), 21(Jai).
Jai came second in July 2019 in Styal’s Junior ‘British Open’and the trophy was presented by David Horsey a regular player and the European Tour.
Jai was also invited by Styal Golf Juniors to play in the Styal ‘Junior Ryder Cup’ in August 2019.
Both boys have enjoyed success at Heaton Moor in the 9 hole mixed Stableford (Men, Ladies, Juniors): June 2019 - Jai 2nd, Nayan 3rd, August 2019 - Jai 2nd, September 2019 - Nayan 1st, Jai 2nd.
In February 2020 Jai was awarded the Geoffrey M Baker Memorial trophy at Heaton Moor, with his name on the board for the most improved and dedicated Junior for 2019.
This year in October, Nayan was the overall winner of the Hibernian Cup, 4 rounds played, with the two best scores taken - 1st Nayan (nett 57+56=113), 2nd Jai (nett 60+60=120)
This year they both took part in their first away 18 hole Junior comp in the Joanne Morley Junior Challenge. Nayan came second in boys section and overall third and they both enjoyed the event and the great course.
The boys would like to thank their Dad for the coaching, support and dedication and always taking them for great family time and memories. Also, their Mum Rina, the scorekeeper and energy provider!
Rina said: “It is great they are playing a sport that they can play together as a family for many years to come and doing what we enjoy.
“Their aims are to keep improving, keep enjoying the game, learning and both would love to go pro!!
“Their golfing idols are Dad and Tiger Woods!”
“It is not just golf for Nayan as earlier in the year he won the Manchester Councils Youth Buzz Award for Outstanding Achievement, this was for his work with art organisations, academia, achieving his Gold Arts Award at the age of 15 by devising/delivering a drama workshop for 8-10 year olds.
“Nayan also works closely with Contact Theatre and has recently been offered a place on the Young Persons Panel - Manchester Science Festival to workdirectly with the festival producers and to be involved in the creation of an event.”
Photos & copy courtesy Geoff Garnett