A COLWYN Bay schoolboy and aspiring professional golfer has joined a leading American University scholarship agency as he looks to progress his career across the pond once his school studies have concluded.
Charley Simpson, who is a Year 11 pupil at Rydal Penrhos School, recently signed a deal with Pro Dream USA, which helps young golfers from across the world connect with the best universities in the United States, supporting them throughout the strenuous process to fulfil academic and sporting potential.
This is the latest piece of good news from Charley’s perspective, who is widely regarded as one of the best young golfers anywhere in the country and has achieved a significant amount since joining the Rydal Penrhos community as a Year 7 pupil.
His superb dedication to his craft has seen Charley progress impressively from regional tournament level to the national ranks, which is a testament to his commitment to improving skills during free time and also during sessions with the school’s Golf Academy, which has gone from strength-to-strength since its inception.
Charley’s finest individual achievement to date was becoming Wales U14 Open champion after a convincing victory at the event, which saw him reach the top spot in the rankings for players in his age category nationally.
He was also part of the Rydal Penrhos Golf Academy team who won the ISGA Northern Matchplay Championship for two straight years alongside Adrian Lewis and Reuben Bather, with Charley also being named junior captain at Rhos-on-Sea Golf Club.
Charley was named to the Golf Wales Aspire squad last year and impressed considerably to earn selection to the national U16 squad for the prestigious Quadrangular competition on the continent, which was unable to take place due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The pupil was also recognised for his exceptional achievements with the Denbighshire Golfing Union Junior Merit Cup, which was first awarded in 1966 and is only presented when a “worthy winner” receives a consensus vote.This is just the start for Charley, who has been working hard with online coaches during the lockdowns over the last year to further hone his outstanding skill set, which he is combining with his GCSE studies under the exceptional support and guidance of teaching staff at Rydal Penrhos.
Based in Scotland, Pro Dream USA have assisted with the placement of more than 1,200 junior golfers into US College Golf teams, securing over $100 million worth of scholarship funding along the way.
The agency was founded in 2002 by Walker Cup and Eisenhower Trophy winner Lorne Kelly, a successful graduate of Coastal Carolina University and recognised as one of the world’s leading college golf recruiters.