The Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs is justifiably proud of its record of junior development over many years at all levels.
Sam Johnson, a member at Astbury and Wilmslow Golf Clubs, provides a good insight about how junior golfers can go on to enjoy success at the game.
Sam said: “I got into golf at the age of five when I saw my dad chipping in the back garden and at the age of six I got my first set of golf clubs and joined Alsager Golf Club.
“I was in the junior section there until the age of 11and I then moved to Astbury.
“Since the age of twelve I have been in the Cheshire junior programme which helped me progress rapidly and I have played for Cheshire since the age of 12 and hopefully I will be playing in the men’s team soon since that is my ambition for Cheshire golf.
“During this time I won countless junior competitions at my home club, and I was player of the year three years running.
“I have also won many county matches and I was ‘Player of the Year’ when I was in the u16s squad.
“My plan is to become a professional golf player and playing on the European Tour is a dream of mine and I wish to play in all the majors.
“Currently I wish to play as an amateur until the time is right to join the professional ranks.
“I have a gained a scholarship to the university of Idaho. They have a great golf schedule and play great courses such as Brandon Dunes and Chambers Bay.
“They have a fantastic indoor facility with two swing bays with trackman and flight scope and an indoor putting green.
I would like to thank coach David Nuhn for this amazing opportunity that he has given me. I look forward to playing in America as it will be a stepping stone towards my professional career.
“I would like to thank my family for all the support. Especially my Dad (Paul), my Mum (Deborah) and my sister (Amy) for all their continued support. I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for them.
“I would also like to thank my personal coach Peter Barber. He’s been teaching me the game of golf since the age of 12 and is another reason why I am in the position I am today. ”I would also like to thank Cheshire for all their support and providing me opportunities that they have given me.”
Photo & copy courtesy Geoff Garnett