TYNEDALE has a long history of producing top class golfers, the sport blossoming courtesy of the fantastic clubs in the area.
In recent years, the Paisley brothers Andy and Chris have made their mark, while Martin Forster has also caught the eye in national competitions.
In fact the list is to lengthy to mention them all, especially as it is expected that two exceptional youngsters, Jonny Richardson and Tom Rowland, from the district are going to come to prominence very shortly.
Yet there is a young lad from Hexham who is causing a real stir at the moment, and there is huge excitement about him breaking through.
At the age of just 14, Queen Elizabeth High School pupil Matty Lamb is definitely a one to watch over the next five or so years.
The immensely talented teen has already achieved so much in his brief career to date, performing really well to pick up this weekend’s Scottish U14 Championship.
Yet this is just the tip of the iceberg as the youngster has already set new records which will be around for a very long while.
Earlier this year, he became the first player to win both the Northumberland Schools U16 and U19 titles in the same year and you cannot get any better than that.
To think that he is beating golfers much more mature and experienced than him is unbelievable, and you would think he can only go on and improve on that.
Without wanting to put too much pressure on young Matty’s shoulders, becoming a force to be reckoned with on an international stage is not out of his reach.
He is an incredibly hard working lad and it is this drive which will hold him in good stead as he pushes on with his golf.
His supportive parents will keep him grounded in his aim, so watch this space for the coming of another top golfer from our very shores.
Published: July 12, 2012
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