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Rydal Penrhos pupil drives in at North Wales GC

WITH things slowly returning to some semblance of normality, a Rydal Penrhos pupil formally began his time in a position of prominent leadership at one of the region’s most prestigious golf clubs.

Richard Wolfendale, who is a Year 13 pupil and current head boy at the Colwyn Bay-based school, was appointed junior captain of North Wales Golf Club in Llandudno last year, but due to the complications and course closures throughout COVID-19, committee members decided to roll over the responsibility to this summer instead where things should be a little more structured.

To mark the official start of Richard’s “year in office”, the pupil took part in the club’s traditional Junior Captain’s Drive-Off recently. This saw him take to the 15th tee on the picturesque course, which is situated immediately outside the clubhouse.

In front of the assembled club members, Richard drove a magnificently straight 256-yard drive down the fairway, which was followed by a well-deserved round of applause for a respected young member of the club who has brought his game on significantly both on-site and as part of Rydal Penrhos’ golf provision in recent years.

His outstanding drive measured by Flightscope at an impressive “smash factor” of 1.52. This is measured by ball speed divided by club speed, with a score of 1.5 considered an extremely high standard.

After Richard completes his A Levels, he is hoping to devote more time to organising and leading the junior section of the club, which has expanded greatly in recent years under award-winning coach Robin Hughes.