A local teenager is teaming up with West Hove Golf Club to put on a Junior Golf Championship this August. The idea came from Spike Redman Land aged 15 from Southwick, who is a keen golfer and felt that an extra competition for young people would be good, so he set about making it happen.
The event which is being sponsored by Brighton and Hove Soiree Rotary Club and West Hove Golf Club will take place on the 27thAugust at 12 noon, and will be in the style of a Texas Scramble, where players aged from 5-17, from beginners to regular golfers can compete in teams of four to win a prize trophy. The entry fee of £5 will also include a hot meal at the presentation after the game. West Hove Junior Members are encouraged to bring a friend along, to inspire them to find out more about the sport.
Earlier this year, Spike won an award from the Starr Trust, a Hove based charity that helps young people fulfil their potential. Via the Starr Trust, Spike received a brand new set of golf clubs, with money donated by Brighton and Hove Soiree Rotary Club.
Spike, whose passion for golf comes from his grandfather, told us: “I found golf at a time when things were emotionally really bad for me. Golf was a place where I could go and fall into my own world, where I could forget about my struggles and focus on my passion. I felt part of a family, surrounded by people who I could look up to as role models and as an inspiration. I want to give back to young people like me by being a youth coach professional in the future. I regularly volunteer my time in youth coaching clubs at West Hove golf course and give as much of my personal time as I can to those who have given relentlessly to me.”
Mel Stoner from the Starr Trust said: “We were inspired and moved by Spike’s desire to give something back to his community, and the drive to set up a golfing trophy for Juniors. We fully support Spike and are very proud of him. We hope that this will become an annual event and will inspire young people to try the sport at a fraction of the cost it would normally cost thanks to Brighton and Hove Soiree Rotary Club’s sponsorship”.
Anyone interested in taking part should contact:
Spike Redman Land
Mobile: 07923 355088