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Wirral teen up for top award

A WIRRAL teenager is in the running for a top award – after helping inspire more people to take up golf.

Louise McLoughlin is on a shortlist of four for England Golf’s Young Ambassador of the Year Award, presented in association with the Golf Foundation.

Louise is a former junior captain at Bromborough Golf Club, having fallen in love with the game at the age of 11.

Now aged 18, she’s a single figure handicapper, has played for Cheshire since she was 14, and uses her infectious enthusiasm to share her enjoyment of the sport.

She’s just been junior captain at her club and she volunteers to help with junior coaching and at lessons for women beginners.

Louise has been a Girls Golf Rocks Ambassador for two years, helping to inspire more girls to play. She’s volunteered at tasters and other events at seven different venues and also visited local schools to encourage girls to take part.

“She’s always got a smile and a cheery word of encouragement,” said 2018 lady captain Jill Holmes.

“Louise is a happy, charismatic girl who deserves to do well by her positive mental attitude and endless enthusiasm.”

She will find out if she is a winner at the England Golf Awards 2019, sponsored by adidas Golf at the Royal Lancaster London on Thursday, March 21. The gala dinner will be hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker.

Her challengers for the award are Ella Baker from Warley Woods Golf Course in the West Midlands; Jessica Pilgrim from Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire; and Georgina Wrixon from Ashley Wood Golf Club, Dorset.

England Golf chief executive Nick Pink said: “The judges were swept away by these fantastic young people who really love golf and share their pleasure with such enthusiasm. It’s hugely encouraging to know that the future of the game is in the hands of players like these.”