Shin­ing star Gemma’s hon­oured by club

GOLF

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AS new year’s res­o­lu­tions go, be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional golfer is usu­ally the stuff of dreams rather than a se­ri­ous aim, writes Tim Street.

But then, not Gemma Dry­burgh.

The 21-year-old re­vealed her am­bi­tion ex­clu­sively to her favourite lo­cal pa­per after pick­ing up a spe­cial award last week.

Dry­burgh, who re­tains her mem­ber­ship of Bea­cons­field Golf Club de­spite spend­ing most of her time study­ing and play­ing in the United States th­ese days, was awarded a Bea­cons­field Bur­sary in recog­ni­tion of her am­a­teur ca­reer to date.

Hav­ing be­ing se­lected to play for Great Bri­tain & Ire­land at last sum­mer’s Cur­tis Cup, she plans to build on her early prom­ise by tak­ing the big step

ev­ery­one

is into the world of pro golf next sum­mer.

She said: “I am plan­ning to turn pro­fes­sional this com­ing June or July. I will start by play­ing on the LET Ac­cess tour, and then hope­fully the full LET.”

Hav­ing been a mem­ber at Bea­cons­field since the age of 13, she still vis­its when­ever she can the club where her fa­ther, John, is still also a reg­u­lar on the greens.

As well as re­ceiv­ing her bur­sary, Dry­burgh’s name was also added to the spe­cial black shields in the club lounge, which record ex­cep­tional achieve­ments by Bea­cons­field mem­bers.

She added: “The evening went re­ally well. A lot of peo­ple were there and they pre­sented me with some flow­ers, the plaque and then the bur­sary.

“It was a great hon­our, and I re­ally en­joyed the whole pre­sen­ta­tion.”

Gemma Dry­burgh re­ceives her award from Bea­cons­fi­field Golf Club’s gen­eral man­ager David Cliffe and ladies cap­tain Sue Lynch

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