Young golf star ‘living the dream’

Talented golfer Joseph Quinn.  Photograph courtesy of D E Photos
Talented golfer Joseph Quinn. Photograph courtesy of D E Photos

A TALENTED young golfer has made a massive step forward in his quest to reach the top of his chosen sport.

Ten-year-old Joseph Quinn has qualified for the world junior golf championships in North Carolina USA and the European junior golf championships in Scotland.

Joseph scored three over par gross at Whittlebury to qualify for these two events.

A year six pupil of St Marys R C Primary School, Aston Le Walls, he has been playing golf since the age of three.

He began with a plastic set of clubs bought for him for his second Christmas and had his first lesson at Cold Ashby Golf Club aged three. From there he went on to play at Leam Valley Golf Centre every Saturday.

Now Joseph has regular lessons with both a swing coach and a bio-mechanical coach as well as County Coaching for Northamptonshire.

He is a regular player in the Junior Section at Staverton Park Golf Club with a handicap of 21.

Up until the beginning of the summer holidays this year, Joseph also attended Rugby Gymnastics Club where he was a member of the Artistic Squad training more than 17 hours a week and competed at Elite level. This made him one of the top five per cent in the country.

But it soon became evident that he could not compete at both sports at such a high level and therefore has decided to concentrate on his golfing career.

This year Joseph has been playing on the UK Kids’ Junior Golf Tour – where he qualified for the Grand Final at Whittlebury – at Bedford County Golf Club in August winning the competition outright by scoring one over par gross.

The Grand Final was held at Whittlebury’s Wedgewood Course, a challenging par three and four golf course. More than 115 entrants took part ranging from six years old to 13 plus.

Joseph played an outstanding game and scored three over par in his age group, also beating the age group above him.

Winners have been invited to play in the US Kids’ European Junior Championships in May 2013 held in Gullane, Scotland and also the US Kids’ World Junior Championships in Pinehurst, North Carolina in the USA in August 2013.

Joseph has had the dream of being a Professional Golf Player on the Tour since he was four years old and with the results he is currently achieving, is well on his way to a Green Jacket (presented each year to the winner of The Masters).

His parents are so proud of him and what he has achieved at such a young age. They say his approach, maturity and dedication to the game is outstanding.

If anybody, or any company, would like to support Joseph on his road to success, he would be delighted as no financial help is given to support British young golfers in the quest to make it to the Tour.