Dyke House student earns special recognition as a top golfer after memorable year

November 15, 2021

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

Dyke House student earns special recognition as a top golfer after memorable year

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

November 15, 2021, 10:26 am

Dyke House student earns special recognition as a top golfer after memorable year

Northern Education Trust Dyke House Academy student, Amy Burton, has been called up to elite regional coaching linked to England Golf. The gifted young golfer has marked the end of a memorable year by being selected for the North Region Under-18s training squad whilst also being crowned Durham County Ladies Golf Union Juniors’ ‘Most Improved Player of the Year.’ At only 12 years old, Amy is one of only seven girls from the Durham, Cumbria and Northumberland area to secure a place following her application and a full day of assessment.

Amy, who has reduced her handicap down to 5.6, will receive 18 full days golf coaching over the winter months at Matfen Hall with top PGA coaches JJ Vallely and Bryan Ross. “I feel like my attitude, confidence and ability has got me there,” said Amy. “In my assessment I had to take on different challenges to see what my ability was like and I felt I had done well. I play every day, except when I have homework from school. I can be working on my full shots, chipping and putting on the practice grounds and then other times I will go on the course to work on course management. I know as part of the training squad I will have some group and individual lessons; some strength and conditioning sessions and it is a good introduction to what it would be like on the full England squad.”

Amy will face other regions as part of the squad which will provide the next stage of development after an impressive 2021. During the summer holidays, she memorably finished second in the St Andrews Ladies Junior Open for Under-23s. She also won Northern Junior Tour Masters events at Teesside and Heworth, while she finished third in the Wee Wonders Grand Final at Gullane, East Lothian.

It was the St Andrews display that really caught the eye of the coaches. After finishing top eight in a qualifying round she won a quarter-final and semi-final of match-play against 19-year-olds. Those set up an incredible appearance on the Old Course where she narrowly lost on the 17th hole having staged an unbelievable fightback on the historic links.

Amy, who also finished tenth in the Scottish Girls U14s in Stirling, said: “I was five down with nine holes to play when I fought back to just one down with two holes to play. The other girl won on the 17th and we still played the 18th just so we could cross the famous Swilcan Bridge. It was an unbelievable experience. It was a lovely course – just very windy.  I think I might have won if it hadn’t been for the wind. I am really proud of what I achieved. I didn’t expect to get that far. I was actually disappointed to come second because I got back into it. Everyone was really proud of me and supportive.”

Amy, a Year 8 student, is on Dyke House’s Elite Development Squad scholarship programme. She receives coaching from Wynyard’s Andrew Betts as part of the scheme and is a member there, as well as at Seaton Carew. She said: “Apart from the coaching I haven’t got much on over winter, then next year I will probably be playing in the same tournaments I have this year. I am enjoying school too – I have been getting extra applause cards in science, maths and drama, so I think I have had a good attitude in those and I am progressing well. I just want that to continue.”

Mr Joseph Palmer, the Elite coordinator at Dyke House, said: “Amy has an exemplary character around school and within sport. I am exceptionally proud of her achievements and I hope that being part of the Elite Development Squad here at Dyke House can help propel her into what she wants to achieve.”

For further information on Dyke House’s Elite Development Squad contact [email protected].

Dyke House Academy is a member of the Northern Education Trust.
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