Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs

Great day for Will at Ashton-on-Mersey



Photos:  1 Will with his mum and dad; 2 With AoM Lady Captain and pro Kris Andrews; 3, 4 and 5 Will in action

Ashton-on-Mersey Golf Club have an outstanding young talent in ten-year-old Will Furness and he is looking forward to playing in the European Junior Champion of Champions Tournament in Northern Ireland later this year.

Through his performances on the Tommy Fleetwood Academy Tour events in 2021 (One of the qualifying events for the tournament) he was invited to play in the tournament which has 250 children from 42 different countries competing in various age categories over three days at Lough Erne Golf Resort in Enniskillen.

Will, a pupil at Springfield Primary School in Sale who plays off 18 handicap, was able to raise funds for his dream trip by playing a 54-hole charity marathon at Ashton-on-Mersey Golf Club which raised a phenomenal £1,500 on the day.

Will’s pathway and success in golf is outlined by his dad Nick: “We took Will to The Open in 2017 where he saw local boy Tommy Fleetwood playing on a par three hole.

“At the end of the day he had a go at Tri golf and had a very natural swing. In 2018 he started lessons at Styal Golf Club under professional Nico Porro.

“In 2019 Will started playing his first competitions on the Par 3 course at Styal but Covid in 2020 meant the end of lessons for a while, however he started having outside lessons at Sale with Ben Thompson.

“With restrictions lifting he started group lessons again at Styal, first with Sammy Jafari, then Simon Forrest.

“As restrictions were enforced again, and golf driving ranges became increasing popular, we could no longer make Styal lessons.

“In May 2021 he started playing Styal Par 3 competitions again and that’s where he met a friend James whose dad suggested the Tommy Fleetwood Academy for lessons with Norman Marshall.

“Since then he’s continued there also playing in their Par 3 Comps alongside Styal’s Juniors. “During that time friends of Will’s at his football team became interested in golf and that’s when they all started group lessons together at Ashton-on-Mersey with Oli Pantoja and Haydn McCullen.

“Competition-wise, he has played on and won on the European Junior Tour, and, since last November, he has become a member at Ringway golf club along with Ashton on Mersey and competes in competitions regularly at Ringway and has recently represented them in the Mid Cheshire League.

“Will would like to thank PGA professionals; Norman Marshall, Oli Pantoja, Haydn McCullen, Mark Johnson, Sammy Jafari, Simon Tracey, Nico Porro and Ben Thompson. Isobel Parry (junior organiser at Ringway Golf club) and all at Ashton-on-Mersey Golf Club.

“Over the 54 holes Will shot 100 off the yellow tees, 89 off the Red tees and 85 off the blue tees.”
Will added:” I would love to become a PGA tour pro, like my golfing hero Tommy Fleetwood and the areas of my game I will be working on are the short game and the long game.”

Photos & copy courtesy Geoff Garnett

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