Brocket Hall reveal new teenage scholars
PUBLISHED: 16:18 22 October 2014 | UPDATED: 16:18 22 October 2014
Five elite teenage golfers, two from Welwyn Garden City, have been granted scholarships at Welwyn's Brocket Hall Golf Club where they will be mentored by the two-time European Tour winner Simon Khan.
Khan, 42, helped launch the Brocket Hall scholarship programme earlier this year in his role as club ambassador.
The quintet, aged between 13 and 18, will each receive two years’ club membership and coaching from head professional Simon Garner.
Khan, who won the 2004 Celtic Manor Wales Open and the 2010 BMW PGA Championship, said: “These youngsters have already shown they have natural ability and they now have the opportunity to develop that talent in a thoroughly professional environment.
“I wish them all well and I look forward to working with them.”
Each scholar underwent individual assessment days at the resort and they were selected on a number of performance and personal criteria.
Four reside in Hertfordshire, with the youngest, heading across the county boundary from Essex.
WGC duo Robert Shaw and Harry Cater have made the cut.
Shaw is 17-years-old and an England Schools’ team member and scratch golfer, he is the current leader of the scratch Herts U18 order of merit, finished tied 24th in the Irish Boys Amateur Championship and, last year, captained the county’s U17 team.
Five-handicapper Cater, also 17, is a top-20 scratch Herts U18 order of merit player and has been club champion twice at his previous club, Chesfield Downs.
The other three on the scholarship are 13-year-old Ashley Chambers from Brentwood, Harpenden 16-year-old Rory Superfine and 18-year-old Anna Collis, from Letchworth, who was this year’s Herts junior county champion off a four handicap.
Each of the teenagers is keen to pursue a professional career and they all see this opportunity as a stepping stone to achieving that ambition.
Cater said: “The scholarship will be very beneficial as I get to use the great facilities at Brocket Hall Golf Club and also be involved with Simon Garner, who will help massively as he is very skilled in the psychological side of the game.
“And, finally, I will also receive great advice from Simon Khan, which will help me fulfil my dreams.”
David Griffin, the director of golf operations at Brocket Hall, said: “Brocket Hall is delighted to able to award these five scholarships to these very talented young golfers. We are determined to help the cream of the region’s junior talent rise to the top and we are sure this quintet of ambitious youngsters will each take advantage of the opportunities afforded to them. We wish them well.”