The countdown to Christmas is traditionally a time to look back on the year gone by – and in 2016, one of my personal highlights was continuing to work with promising young golfer, Jake Whelan from Newlands Golf Club.
Jake enjoyed a tremendous year that saw him top the Leinster Under-21 Order of Merit with a fantastic 120 points – a full 50 ahead of his nearest rival, Conor Purcell from Portmarnock.
He achieved this by finishing as runner-up in both the Leinster Youths Open and Ulster Youths Open, by making the semi-finals of the Irish Amateur Close at Ballyliffin, and the last 16 of the South of Ireland Championship at Lahinch.
That’s all on top of a series of other impressive results in other competition, which included winning the Portmarnock Scratch Cup back in April with a great score of 68 in a round that included six birdies. His 2016 success came following a tremendous 2015 for him too, where among the highlights were how he holed the winning putt to give NUI Maynooth its first-ever victory in the AIG Irish Senior Cup.
Jake has been a regular student of mine for some time now. He is an absolute pleasure to work with, and I’m proud to have played a part in his success so far. I have no doubt he will continue to achieve great things in 2017 and beyond, and I look forward to seeing him do so.
If you too would like golf lessons to help work on your game the way Jake works on his, I’d love to hear from you too. Just use my contact form, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone me at 087 243 6805 to arrange.