Hon­oured for golf­ing achieve­ments

Young­ster gets spe­cial award to mark ca­reer to date

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

GOLF star in the mak­ing Gemma Dry­burgh will to­day (Thurs­day) be pre­sented with a spe­cial award at Bea­cons­field Golf Club.

The 21-year-old, who was se­lected to play for the GB&I Cur­tis Cup team last sum­mer, will be awarded her first Bea­cons­field Bur­sary in recog­ni­tion of her am­a­teur ca­reer to date.

Hav­ing fin­ished as run­ner-up in the Ladies Scot­tish Cham­pi­onships at U14, U16 and U21 lev­els, and rep­re­sented Scot­land Ladies, the Aberdeen-born young­ster’s name will be also be added to the black shields record­ing ex­cep­tional golf­ing achieve­ment by Bea­cons­field mem­bers.

Dry­burgh has been a mem­ber of the club since she was 13, her fam­ily hav­ing moved to the area, and she still re­tains her mem­ber­ship, de­spite spend­ing most of her time 3,000 miles away now, play­ing and study­ing at Tu­lane Univer­sity in New Or­leans.

Her fa­ther, John, is also a keen golfer, who still plays reg­u­larly off a hand­i­cap of 12 at Bea­cons­field, ac­cord­ing to course gen­eral man­ager David Cliffe.

He said: “Gemma is such a pow­er­ful player. If you get into the Cur­tis Cup side, you have to be at a de­cent length, the like of which you would ex­pect from a male player.

“She’s not es­pe­cially tall, but is still such a pow­er­ful player. She has also got per­fect tim­ing and is so con­sis­tent in what she does.

“We al­ready knew she was a tal­ented player when she ar­rived as she had been rep­re­sent­ing Scot­land U14s, and we al­ways thought she would go onto be some­thing spe­cial.

“There is a thought go­ing around the club that she is play­ing the right stan­dard of golf to be a pro­fes­sional, but I don’t know her ex­act plans in that re­spect.”

If she does make the step up to the pro ranks, Dry­burgh will follow in the foot­steps of another for­mer Bea­cons­field mem­ber, for­mer world num­ber one Luke Don­ald.

The 37-year-old, who spent 56 weeks at num­ber one in 2011 and 2012, ex­chang­ing the po­si­tion on a reg­u­lar ba­sis with Rory McIlroy, is widely seen as the best ever player never to have won a ma­jor.

Cliffe added: “Luke has al­ways been the club’s claim to fame, and he is al­ways made quite a fuss of here, so we wanted to do the same for Gemma.

“We al­ways take a keen in­ter­est in how her golf ca­reer is de­vel­op­ing.”

HON­OUR:

Bea­cons­field Golf Club star Gemma Dry­burgh

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