Tee for two as school golfers earn double England selection

Monday 25 November 2013

WEB Kirsty Beckwith and Will Eardley

Two students from The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) have impressed the selectors for England’s junior golf squads and will soon be swinging into action for their country.

Lower sixth student Kirsty Beckwith, a member of Alwoodley Golf Club, and Will Eardley, year 9, who is a member of Pannal Golf Club, have both represented Yorkshire in competition and were invited to apply for England as a result of their performances for their county.

For Kirsty this is her second year in the England under 16 squad, following a successful season in which she won the northern girls’ championship and, as a member of the Yorkshire team, the England county championship.

Kirsty said: “I’m very excited about the upcoming season with England; the opportunity to work with excellent coaches and to get out there and play. It’s a privilege to have been picked as not many got through, and now it’s up to me to perform and earn my place in competition.”

Will took up golf at the age of eight and has been successful at his first trial for England, earning selection for the under 16 squad at the age of just 13. This is the culmination of a successful year for Will, whose highlights include tying for second place at the Scottish under 14 boys’ open stroke play championships, and winning for Yorkshire against Lancashire in both his team and individual matches.

England training has already started for both players, with a training weekend at Sandburn Hall, York. For Will, this was his chance to devise a winter training plan with his coach Steve Robinson, to improve his game in the hope of being selected when competition gets underway next year.

Will said: “I was so happy to be selected for England; it was one of the things I wanted to do to develop my game, especially over the winter when we can’t play as much. The coaches are so good and it will bring my game on a lot.”

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