HOLLY Durnian looks set to follow in her father’s golfing footsteps, having won the Pro-Am Manchester Alliance’s Mixed Pairs competition for the White Cup, at Chorlton.
Dad, Denis Durnian, a former professional golfer on the European Tour, also took part in the competition and who, along with his wife Sam, was defending champion of the coveted trophy! Holly’s efforts, along with Chorley pro Andy Palmer, meant the trophy stayed in the Durnian family as they posted a stunning 48 points to leave a quality field trailing in their wake.
Twelve-year-old Holly set a new record of becoming the youngest player to win the competition and the first player to succeed her parents in winning the White Cup.
This time last year Holly didn’t have an official handicap and it was only by playing golf everyday through the Christmas holiday just gone that she went from shooting 130 to breaking 100.
She had a sudden desire to play golf and was asking mum and dad to double up on their golf to take her out for more games. That’s how she entered her first Winter league competition at Chorley. After just seven rounds she was in the lead and through to the play-offs. Mum and dad weren’t even thinking Holly would play the knockout rounds but Holly was so keen and determined to continue it only seemed fair to see how far she would go. She played against two formidable men, David Hemingway in the semi-final and John Cartledge (both single figure golfers) in the final and, whilst they gave Holly a tough challenge, she held fast and finally managed to win.
Holly is currently a member of the Lancashire Ladies County Golf Association and this organisation has created the foundation and experience for Holly’s first year of golf in conjunction with her dad, Denis who is now a fully-fledged amateur member at Chorley.
Holly is looking forward to playing more events through the Lancashire Ladies County Golf Association and seeing what her first full golf season will bring her.