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19-year-old Georgina Wrixon from Ashley Wood Golf Club
A 19-year-old Dorset golfer is in the running for England Golf’s Young Ambassador of the Year Award, presented in association with the Golf Foundation.
Georgina Wrixon from Ashley Wood Golf Club, near Blandford Forum, is one of four finalists who are making a difference to the game.
The winner will be announced at the England Golf Awards 2019, sponsored by adidas Golf at the Royal Lancaster London on Thursday, 21 March. The gala dinner will be hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker.
Georgina’s mission is to keep young golfers in the game when they leave school, go to university or turn 18.
The 19-year-old is actively spreading the word that golf can be studied to degree level and that there are many jobs in the industry, other than playing on tour and coaching.
She promotes golf as captain of the Tournament Golf College, as a member of Ashley Wood Golf Club, as a Dorset player – and by presenting a trophy to her former school for services to golf. It’s intended for the person who does the most to promote the game and make it accessible to the whole school, not for the biggest winner or lowest handicapper.
Georgina has also set up a Facebook group and an Instagram page to show there’s more to golf than hitting a ball.
And, she’s doing her bit to get youngsters in the game and helped to organise and position the junior tees at Ashley Wood.
Her challengers for the award are Ella Baker from Warley Woods Golf Club in the West Midlands; Louise McLoughlin from Bromborough Golf Club, Cheshire; and Jessica Pilgrim from Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire.
England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink said: “The judges were swept away by these fantastic young people who really love golf and share their pleasure with such enthusiasm. It’s hugely encouraging to know that the future of the game is in the hands of players like these. Tickets cost just £90 per person and include a drinks reception and a three-course dinner with wine.
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