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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 studying 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)
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 single figures in 2022
Jai is 12 and started playing golf in early 2019. His aim in 2021 was to reduce his handicap, he succeeded going from19.6 to 11.3. Plus he has been invited to join the Cheshire Boys Under 14’s squad! Some other highlights of 2021 include playing in the Junior Derbyshire & Cheshire Golf league, and winning the best gross shield. Jai competed in the Junior Styal Par 3 Order of Merit competitions, played over eight games, and was the only one to win two trophies for both gross and net order of merit, achieving second place. He also played in the Styal Invitational Junior Ryder Cup 2021, which as a team, they won.
Jai said “It is fantastic being able to play with my Dad and older brother Nayan, great competition and fun, with lots of fantastic memories that I will always hold onto. I am looking forward to many more years of playing golf with my family.
His ambitions for 2022 are to continue working on reducing his handicap, aiming to be comfortably in single figures, and play more competitions at some great courses. He is looking forward to playing alongside the Cheshire Boys team, and continue to progress further.
Follow his progress on Instagram @jaihiggins100
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
Amaya Athill - talented and passionate golfer encouraging diversity and accessibility of golf
Amaya Athill is a lawyer by profession and a single figure handicap golfer based in Middlesex. Amaya started playing golf when she was 5 years old in Antigua as a product of a robust junior golf program. In her teens, she competed in junior golf competitions throughout the Caribbean and the United States.
Amaya stopped playing golf as an amateur for 15 years to focus on her career in law. However, the global pandemic and its associated lockdowns took a toll on her mental health and she returned to the game in April 2021, where in the space of 6 months, she reduced her handicap from 22.7 handicap to a 9.3! In August 2021 Amaya was chosen to participate as an amateur at the Aramco Team Up Series in Sotogrande, Spain alongside a team of 3 LET professionals where they placed 7th out of 36 teams.
Amaya is passionate about diversity in golf and currently documents her golf journey and hosts discussions regarding diversity and accessibility of golf on her Instagram page @golf_interrupted. Currently, Amaya is a member of Brent Valley Golf Club and qualified to be a member of the Middlesex Golf Women's 2nd Team. Amaya is working hard to reduce her handicap and continue the work of increasing the participation of underrepresented communities in the sport.
Follow her progress on Instagram @golf_interrupted
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.
This year he has been 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