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Larissa swings in as junior captain

LARISSA Jones is the new junior captain at Shrewsbury Golf Club.

Her year in office was marked with a traditional Drive-In this month.

Larissa, who began playing golf at the age of 10 after watching her parents playing, said: “It looked good fun, so I asked whether I could have a go. After my Dad showed me the basics on the practice ground, I had some lessons with club pro John Richards.”

She soon joined the junior section and through playing regularly began to improve her handicap. She now plays off 12. While studying maths, biology and psychology at Shrewsbury Six Form College she is practicing hard in her spare time to reduce her handicap further.

“I really want to work in the golf industry, possibly teaching, so I’m training to improve my golf with a view to reaching five or less this year. That means I can then consider training as a teaching professional,” she said.

During her year, Larissa is keen to encourage the club’s juniors to do well in inter-club competitions, such as the handicap league. She has played in a range of inter-club competitions and represented her county, so she plans to bring her experience to the team.

“I also want to encourage more juniors to take up golf. It’s a fun game and you get to meet very nice people and play courses across the country. I also want to get more girls playing the game. When I joined I was the only girl. The boys are great, but this is such a fun game for girls to take up, I want more girls to try it,” explained the 17-year-old.

“I will be leaving the junior section next year and joining the ladies section, so I’m really proud to be the figurehead for the juniors this year. I love the junior section and have had many years enjoying playing golf and making great friends. I’m looking forward to a great year.”