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Cara Gainer - LETAS Rookie of the year 2020
Recently crowned LEFTAS 'Rookie of the year' Cara recorded 4 top 20 finishes in 5 starts including a second-place finish at the Amundi Czech Ladies Challenge - concluding the year in second place on the order of Merit. She turned professional in January 2020.
Her home club is Castle Royale Golf & Country club and trains with Rob Watts Performance coach.
Follow her progress on Instagram @caragainer
Logan Scherpe - Highest ranked U14 player in Wales
Logan is 13 with an exact handicap of 1.0. His string of impressive results during 2021 include a high finishing position in the Reid Trophy, and a second place in the Welsh U14 championship making him the highest ranked U14 player in Wales (source European rankings). He also won the men's club championship at Aberystwyth as the youngest person in the 110 year club history. As a result Logan has been called up to the Welsh U15/U16 national squad for the 2022 season.
Follow his progress on Instagram @logigolfer_junior_golfer_wales
Thalia Kirby - Women's British Amateur 2021
Thalia is a rising star in Women's Golf. With a ranking of 360 up from 679 in 2020. She is studied at Daytona State until 2022. She was a member of the England Women's squad 2020/21. Following an impressive 2020 including 3rd in the R&A tour series Spain plus a 1st place in the English Women's Amateur Championship and 3rd in the match-play 2021. Thalia has top 5 finishes in the St. Rule Trophy (5), The Critchley Salver (3) and The Astor Salver (1). Thalia has now turned professional and will compete on the Rose Series tour and the LET Access tour in 2023. We wish her luck.
Follow her progress on Instagram @thaliakirby
Taylor Storey - Young talent on a journey to be a tour professional
Taylor is 17 and studying golf at Myerscough College in Preston. His dad Chris Storey a professional of 15 years is his role model. In Taylor's first proper season this year his handicap fell from 19 to 4. He won the club competition at his home Scottish course Glasgow Golf Club, with a 4 under 66 to win by 7. Taylor is focused and excited about his golfing programme next year and is hoping to make further strides towards his ambitions.
Follow his progress on Instagram @tstoreygolf
Jai Higgins - Working hard towards scratch in 2023
Jai is 14 and started playing golf in early 2019. His aim in 2022 was to reduce his handicap into single figures, he succeeded going from 11.3 to 4.7. In 2022 Jai enjoyed his first season with the Cheshire Boys Under 14s squad playing some great courses. Having reduced his handicap significantly, Jai was invited to join the Under 16s squad, which is a great achievement. During 2022 Jai was invited to play in the Black British Golfers/Adidas Future Shapers Series at London Golf Club, this was a fantastic memorable day. In October Jai was also lucky to be invited by Black British Golfers to play at the iconic St Andrews Old Course, a very inspirational, unforgettable experience. Jai said “It is fantastic being able to play with my Dad and older brother Nayan, great competition, with lots of fantastic memories that I will always hold onto. His ambitions for 2023 are to continue working on reducing handicap close to scratch. He is looking forward playing along the Cheshire Boys team and continue to progress further.
Follow his progress on Instagram @jaihiggins100
Nayan Higgins - Balancing a University degree with lowering his handicap
Nayan is 18 and is playing off a handicap of 6. He has been playing since early 2019 with his brother, Jai and his Dad. He is currently studying Accounting and Finance at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is a keen golfer having won a Junior European Open Qualifier best nett award and the Junior Derbyshire & Cheshire League gross shield alongside his younger brother. Nayan thoroughly enjoys playing with Jai and his Dad, valuable time to bond and mutually progress. His goals for 2023 are to lower his handicap and continue playing as much as possible.
Follow his progress on Instagram @nayanhiggins
Ellie Lichtenhein - up and coming new golf talent
Ellie finished top 10 U14 R&A in 2022. Was in the U18 Thames Valley Regional Squad for the 2nd year running. Surrey Champion of Champions 2022. Winner of the U14 Tyrell Hatton Junior Masters 2022 and is currently playing with an impressive +0.3 handicap. In 2023 Ellie won U18 Girls' section of World Junior Golf Championship. She placed 10th in the R&A U16 amateur championship, 9th in the U18 Girls' Open and 5th at the English Girl's U14 Open. She is part of Buckinghamshire's women's first team winning the English Women's national county finals and for the 3rd year running is in the U18 Girls' England Golf Thames Valley regional squad.
Follow her progress on Instagram @ellie_golfxx
Neil Mcvicar - looking forward to the challenge of the SDGC and EDGA tours
Neil is a disabled golfer who stopped playing over 17 years ago but started playing again in the spring of 2021. He found he had to change everything he knew because he couldn’t stand or hit the ball as he had all those years ago. With practice his handicap fell from 22.2 down to 12.1 and fingers crossed will go even lower this year. He is currently playing professional golf at SRUC Elmwood.
In 2022 he has was accepted to play on the Scottish Disable Golf tour and the EDGA (European Disabled Golf Association) tour. The Scottish tour has the Open, the Masters among other competitions within Scotland and the Phoenix Cup which is Ryder cup style tournament between Scotland, England, Wales and USA is held in Birmingham. He is hopeful he can make the Scotland team to play against England!
The EDGA tour is played all over Europe, and after an assessment from EDGA medical assessors he could be playing in world ranking tournaments all over with the best disabled golfers in the world.
Follow his progress on Instagram @neilsgolf
Aimi Bullock – Disabled Golfer passionate about getting more females with disabilities sampling golf.
Aimi is a single figure golfer based in Surrey and Sussex. After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2013, which led Aimi to give up hockey and road cycling, she discovered golf as sport and world of disability golf.
Aimi regularly plays in EDGA badged tournaments across Europe. Towards end of 2021, in Portugal she finished runner up in the EDGA Women’s Cup and claimed the net trophy. Currently (Jan 22) Aimi is ranked 84th in the mixed world rankings for golfers for disabilities and 4th best female.
Aimi was the first female to complete in England Disability Championships back in 2016 and finished 3rd in the 2019 event. She was also the first female (and only female) to have been selected for the England Disabled Golf Team completing in 2019 EGA Nations Cup team event for golfers with disabilities. Aimi was made team captain and they finished runner up.
Aimi also had the huge honour of representing EDGA at the 2019 Solheim Cup, playing 5 of the tournament holes on final practice round day to raise awareness of EDGA.
After graduating from the R&A Women in Golf Leadership Programme, Aimi was appointed to the volunteer role as Director of Development on the board of EDGA. She supports its international member federations and spends much of her time raising awareness of golf as an activity within the disability community.
Currently Aimi is looking forward to a busy time, competing in tournaments with aim of breaking into the worlds top 50 and working on exciting projects to drive up participation around the world.
Follow her amazing journey on Instagram @aimimsgolfer
Katie Symonds - Talented golfer with great ambitions
Katie is studying Physical Education and School Sports at Hartpury University, representing the University golf first team all over the country. She has played for the Staffordshire county since she was 9 years old and won the junior county championship at U14, U16 and U18. Having represented her county in the junior handicap team, then scratch team, she now represents the county ladies first team. In 2020 being made the captain. Katie’s also became a member of the England Regional Development Squad in 2019. Amongst many accolades Katie has won the Aston Wood Club Championships and the Druids Heath Club Championships three times. Her handicap currently is 2 working towards scratch in 2022.
Follow her progress on Instagram @katie.symondsx
Ayan Patel - an enthusiastic and exciting young talent
Ayan is 11 years old but started his golf journey in 2014 when he was 4. He was told then that he needed more practice before a coach would take him on. In 2015 at 5, he found a great coach @olitucker who helped with his swing and his approach to the game.
At 10 years old he joined the Surrey Playing Squad and has been a contributing member ever since:
Watch this space for 2023!
Follow his progress on Instagram @ayanmangolf
Oscar Cramp - an up and coming young talent
Oscar started playing golf at 4 years old and his love the game grows each day. Oscar plays on the amazing Robert Rock Junior tour winning the British junior masters at the iconic Belfry. Fr the last two years Oscar has qualified for the Champion of Champions invite only world championships and is working hard with his coaches at Growing golf to be ready for the 2024 tournament.
Follow his progress on Instagram @chip_off_the_old_block_